Appearing at this BookJam were: Jim Bob, Ruth Ware, Daniel Ruiz Tizon, Zelda Rhiando, Marc Nash, Tamim Sadikali, Chris Chalmers, Frances Mensah Williams, Dominick Reyntiens, Toby Downton and Yana Stajno.
Thanks to Doc Williams for compering, Vivienne Okafor and Rory Duncan for their acoustic set, and Andy Carstairs for DJing.
Jim Bob is a South London author of four novels – ‘Storage Stories’, ‘Driving Jarvis Ham’, ‘The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81’ and ‘Frank Derrick’s Holiday of a Lifetime’, and also ‘Goodnight Jim Bob, On the Road with Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine’, the wet your pants funny autobiographical account of his ten years as the singer of a chart topping punk-pop band.
Find out more about J. B. Morrison at http://www.jim-bob.co.uk/ or on Twitter where he has the username @mrjimBob
Ruth Ware was born in Sussex in 1977. She went to school in Lewes and Brighton, studied English at the University of Manchester, and then moved to Paris to teach English.
She now lives in North London with her husband and two children, and attempts to divide her time between writing, child-wrangling, and work as a publicist. When not busy with one of the above, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.
Alongside working in publishing for many years, In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller. Find out more at her website http://www.ruthware.com / @ruthwarewriter
Chris Chalmers was born in Lancashire and lives in south-west London. He’s been the understudy on Mastermind, had lunch with Donnie Brasco and swum with marine iguanas. He’s written a diary for 39 years and never missed a night. His first novel, Five To One, about a helicopter crash on Clapham Common, won a debut novel competition and was long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. Tonight he’s reading from his second novel which has just been published – it’s called Light From Other Windows. www.chrischalmers.net
Tamim Sadikali’s debut novel, Dear Infidel (Hansib – 2014), is a story about ‘..love, hate, longing and sexual dysfunction, all sifted through the war on terror..’ He reviews fiction and non-fiction for Bookmunch and others, and dabbles with the shorter form. He likes to start fires on Twitter. Dear Infidel will be showcased in the People’s Book Prize 2015/16 Autumn collection.
Frances Mensah Williams was born in Ghana and now lives in London. As a child Frances lived in numerous countries including the USA and Austria before moving to the UK. She is the author of the non-fiction titles Everyday Heroes – Learning from the Careers of Successful Black Professionals and I Want to Work in Africa: How to Move Your Career to the World’s Most Exciting Continent. From Pasta to Pigfoot is her first fiction novel. http://www.francesmensahwilliams.com
Born in Zimbabwe, Yana Stajno graduated in English and Drama at Cape Town University meeting her husband at an Anti-apartheid demonstration. Leaving South Africa in the early 80’s they moved into a damp squat in Camden Town. A bittersweet moment came when the death of her mother prompted Yana to put her imagination on paper and she began to write plays and short stories. When not writing, Yana’s second love is painting. The owner of an artist studio at the Chocolate Factory, Wood Green, Yana happily splashes paint and hosts workshops with the Booster Cushion company for children. Rules for Thursday Lovers (Clink Street Publishing) is her first novel. @YanaStajno
Marc Nash has published four novels and four collections of flash fiction with his fifth published mid-September. His work looks to push the boundaries of language and narrative form. He works with video makers to make non-linear stories in kinetic typography. He works and lives in London. @21stCscribe
Dominick Reyntiens has been a professional dancer, street entertainer, film technician and cameraman. Recently he has been working as a teacher of screenwriting and film editing, in both England and Australia. In 1999 he brought these experiences to his writing in a project made possible by digital technology, and created Covent Garden Films’ ‘Inside Outside Lydia’s Head’. My Stratford Friend is the first book of a quartet covering the entire life of The Bard, inspired by his experiences in the world of dramatic theatre. www.mystratfordfriend.com
Daniel Ruiz Tizon managed to steer clear of drugs, unlike most of his peers, but any long-term health benefits have largely been undone by his Basics Range diet of the 2008 – 2012 recession years. Writer and comedian Daniel also presents radio comedy Daniel Ruiz Tizon is Available live on Resonance 104.4fm which returns for a third series on Monday 5th October at 10pm and sees him dissecting the minutiae of everyday life. He is reading an extract from the book he has just completed based on his acclaimed radio series last year, The Letter – People, Places, Loved and Lost, an elegy for his past, comprised of six interlinking chapters. Follow him on twitter @1607WestEgg
Toby Downton lives in North London and is head of business development at Matter, a digital innovation consultancy he co-founded. Downton is emerging as a driving force in the VR revolution. His novel Solaversia is just the first step in his thrillingly ambitious multi-platform story-telling experience that will explore the relationships between artificial intelligence, technology and the human spirit. Downton will be incorporating his tech-company – Spiralwerks – in the real world, developing Solarversia as a commercially available game, ready to storm the games market in 2020.
Zelda Rhiando is the author of Caposcripti and A Fist Full of Cherries, and is currently working on a third book, Good Morning Mister Magpie. She lives in Brixton and is one of the organisers of the Brixton BookJam.
Our venue is the Hootananny at 95 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF. It’s a large pub, with a performance space that can hold 600 people. It also provides cooked food. Closest tube is Brixton, and buses 2, 37, 436 and more!