So this is it: Flashers’ is one. We’ve come a long way, and on Thursday it showed. There was a buzz about the evening that had its own power behind it, a sense that the year has been long enough for this little event to develop its own momentum and create its own surprises.
We were blessed with a number of new faces. Half of the readers’ list had never read for us before. We have yet to feature a list containing no-one new, and I love this. That’s not to say, of course, that it wasn’t hugely rewarding to see regulars back again. The combination of fresh readers and seasoned talent is a winner.
We had a turnout of thirty, which in August is some good going. Thanks to everyone who was there, and to everyone who shared their work. There were 11 readers – strictly a bit over the 10-reader limit, but who’s going to quibble over one story?
The quality was phenomenal. I’ve had some very positive feedback in person and via social media about the standard of Thursday’s stories, so if you contributed I hope you feel rightly proud. Our readers, in order of performance, were: Jason Jackson with ‘Heads’, Chloe with ‘In The Museum Of All Time’, Rod Griffiths with ‘Thunderbolt’, Nastasya Parker with ‘Animals’, Emma Kernahan with ‘Still for Sale’, Belinda Rimmer with an untitled piece, Libby McIvor with ‘Awakening’, Guy Mortenson with ‘The Dead Spit’, Lania Knight with ‘My Name Is Lin Yi’, Michael Hurst with ‘Cheque Please’, and Shirley Halse with ‘My Grandma’. You’ll be able to read their bios on the ‘Our Readers’ page soon.
Our guest author this time was Jane Bailey, who read some extracts from her novels ‘What Was Rescued’ and ‘Larksong’. If you’d like to know more about Jane or get hold of some of her books, check out her website here .
Thanks to a slight hitch with litmag supply we had to rely on an amnesty for our mag giveaway, meaning there was a smorgasbord of different mags on offer. Let Flashers’ know what you got and what you thought of it! And if you really like it, do subscribe to it.
A word about our next event: Flashers’ Club V will be on Thursday November 9th at 7:30pm, Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar. Tickets will be £4, unless you’re reading, in which case they’re £3. The price increase is to cover event costs, which have been eating into our donation of late. Our guest writer will be the prodigiously talented Sion Owen. Read more about him on our home page. Be there or be un-flashy.