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October 6th 2014

Wow! Speechless….it’s quite amazing when an event runs BETTER than expected and they were ALL good….if you couldn’t make it down on the night, or would like to listen again, sound here:



The writers:

Wicked WomanbeautyRavinder Randhawa is a Brixton dwelling writer. Her novels, A Wicked Old Woman and A Tiger’s Smile (originally published as The Coral Strand) will be re-issued in October.  A collection of short stories, Dynamite is coming out in September. Beauty and the Beast (a YA novel, originally published as Hari-jan 1992, selected Top Twenty Feminist Bookfair) will be available from September also, and free to download from 1st to 3rd October.


Dodger 1dodger_dials_newest_vis7James Benmore is currently writer-in-residence at Gad’s Hill School, Dickens’ former home.  James studied literature at the Open University and has since completed an MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford University.  He won the AM Heath prize in 2010 for best work of fiction by a writer graduating from Kellogg College. He lives in London.



front book coverSophie Sparham is a sci-fi and fantasy writer. She released her first book Snow in Hell last year under Gingernut books – a small publishers based in Derbyshire. The story is about a corrupt angel from another world that try to make the earth ‘perfect’ by brain washing the people and putting stone guards around the outsides of the islands. The story begins with Jade Wilde, a scientist that was sent away to try and get help, returns to the perfect landscape and meets up with his oldpartner Margot Grant. Together the two of them find themselves in a gothic world as they try to unrael what is going on and end up gaining help from some strange creatures. She is very inspired by Neil Gaiman and tries to keep a real human element to the characters in order for audiences to create a bond with them.


NightoftheRambler-598x800Montague Kobbe is a German citizen with a Shakespearean name, born in Caracas, in a country that no longer exists, in a millennium that is long gone. His debut novel, The Night of the Rambler, was published by Akashic in 2013 and his brand new bilingual collection of flash fiction, Tales of Bed Sheets and Departure Lounges, is due out in November with Dog Horn Publishing. Since 2008 he keeps a column in Sint Maarten’s The Daily Herald, he writes about vintage football for the Spanish portal and registers his publishing footprint in his a bilingual blog MEMO FROM LA-LA


Brenton-Brownbrixton rockAlex Wheatle is an award winning British novelist and has published 7 novels, initially focussing on his life in Brixton as a teenager, and experiences with social care. He also has a background in music (his DJ name was Yardman Irie), and has written and performed a one-man play based on his first book, Brixton


Everybody knows this is nowhereAlice Furse has written a book called Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, which is coming out on Burning Eye Books in October.  It is about a young woman who’s left university and finds her life and work more than a little underwhelming. The book is proudly feminist but not in a sledgehammer fashion – more of a very honest account of Alice’s own experience, somewhere between Charles Bukowski and Annie Hall.




Nina in UtopiaFairy VisionsMiranda Miller The Fairy Visions of Richard Dadd is Miranda Miller’s seventh novel, and is Part 2 of her Bedlam Trilogy. Part 1, Nina in Utopia, was published by Peter Owen in 2010. Hilary Mantel has said of her writing,‘Miller’s intricate fictions are lit by the dark flicker of a strong and original imagination.’ Miranda has also published a book of short stories about Saudi Arabia and a book of interviews with homeless women. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute. Richard Dadd, 1817 -1886, was a gifted painter who spent most of his life confined to the Royal Bethlem  Hospital, or Bedlam, and Broadmoor for the murder of his father. Find out more at


MutBrendan McNamee I am a Canadian citizen and have been naturalized as a Brit, having lived in the UK since I984. I have lived in Brixton since 1997 when i graduated from drama school and began to work as a film carpenter and art dept assistant. I am a writer / director who founded blunt films a film production company in 2002. I have made many short films, a feature, fake rolex, music videos and commercials. MUT is my first book (a novella) and I am currently working on the 3rd draft of my second book, (a novel) The breakup artist.


Barbed Wire KissesStevie NicksZoe Howe Music author Zoë Howe’s most recent books are Stevie Nicks – Visions, Dreams and Rumours and Barbed Wire Kisses – The Jesus and Mary Chain Story. Her previous work includes Typical Girls? The Story Of The SlitsWilko Johnson – Looking Back At MeFlorence + The Machine – An Almighty Sound and she co-authored British Beat Explosion – Rock ’n’ Roll Island.  In addition to writing books and articles (for NME, BBC Music, Company and The Quietus amongst other outlets), Zoë has presented music radio series for Resonance FM and has appeared as a talking head on E4, Planet Rock, Absolute Radio, BBC London, BBC 5 Live and BBC 6 Music. She also writes band biogs and sleeve notes, and has a music therapy column (under the guise of the character ‘Dr Pop’) for the UK charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). She is currently working on the biography of Dr Feelgood frontman Lee Brilleaux (Unbound) and has just finished her first novel.


Sherbaan V. Valean is a young writer from Transylvania, who presently lives in London. He has been scribbling since a young age, but only recently gave it more serious thought. In his own words, he says he writes for his own pleasure, and hopefully for the pleasure of others. Also, he writes because It wants to get out. And just because.


Old AgeKit Fraser’s latest book is Old Age: My Three Best Friends – Alcohol, Television and God. Readers of Kit Fraser’s last life guide, The Joy of Talk, will need no introduction to his irreverent, caustic humour or his, at times, brutal honesty. In a series of brief topics he surveys the perils of growing old, using mostly the experience of his own life, as the template for creating a joyous reaffirmation in the consolation of prayer and direct communication with God. Death, divorce, abortion, bankruptcy, humiliation and revelation are just some of the huge topics through which Fraser filters his profound conviction that life is merely the preparation for a far greater experience.


Harys Francke has been writing about Brixton for a long time and has some good stories to tell. His last appearance at the Brixton BookJam was July 2013, and now he is returning due to popular demand to share some more of them with us.