London is a fantastic city for any lover of books and culture, from traditional book readings, literary salons and poetry clubs to many more esoteric offerings (Naked Girls Reading, anyone?) If you so desired, you could go to a different literary event, drinking the (often free) wine and soaking up the culture, every night of the week.
Next week will be the third instalment of Letters You Never Sent a literary night I co-organise, that takes place every two months or so. The format of the evening sees writers – novelists, journalists, comedians, poets, bloggers and all stripes in between – tasked to write a letter on a pre-agreed theme, and read it on stage. The mantra of the night could be ‘expect the unexpected’ as we find that every reader approaches the letter writing completely differently – in this way it is exciting and arguably different from other events, as you know you are going to see something completely original; a piece of micro-fiction or autobiography.
Having a really diverse mixture of readers is also great for breaking down the boundaries between literature, comedy, and the live experience, and we’ve had some really talented readers so far.
Myself and my co-organiser, Zakia Uddin, came up with the idea in a pub over the summer and do it mainly for fun, somewhat for professional development, and also to raise a little money for charity. We have greatly enjoyed the events we’ve done so far and hope to do more next year.
Letters You Never Sent III: TO CORPORATIONS, is tomorrow at 19.30, Mason & Taylor, 51-55 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1. Tickets are £3 on the door.