The Reluctant Night Out

Posted on December 22, 2009. Filed under: Short Stories | Tags: , , , , |

Why is it so cold?

My heels hurt, my legs are cold.  Would rather be at home.

My dress is kind of tight.
No room for eating.  I can’t even think about breathing in this dress.

But I’m here with my girls.  In the back of the taxi.  We’re joking, laughing, crying.  We’re talking, loudly.  I think the driver is getting fed up with us.

We’re outside the club.  It’s freezing.  The line is so long.  The girls are so young.  The guys are so cute.
But where are all the Men!?!

Inside the club, the music is loud.  Good, but loud; so loud.

My toes hurt.  Why I wore these shoes, I don’t know.  My dress keeps on riding up too.  Gorgeous, but highly impractical.

Right, we’re here so I’m going to enjoy myself tonight if it kills me.

I start to dance and really feel my body come to life.
I’m having fun.  I know I am.  You can tell I am.

The dress.  The cold.  The heels.  The preparation.  Oh, the preparation.  I guess it was worth it.

The guy I spotted on entering the club is walking over to me.  He smiles.  I smile.
He starts to dance. 
I stop when I realise he can’t.
I politely smile and mumble something about having a boyfriend.  Thank him for his attention, turn on my heels and swiftly walk away.
My friends are laughing.  So hard.

I’m having fun.  So much fun.  The music is still loud, but lovely and loud.

I say bye to my girls as I get into the taxi.

I sit back and sigh.

My heels still hurt, my legs are still cold and now I’m really tired.

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Don’t just read – Listen! @ Book Slam

Posted on December 9, 2009. Filed under: Articles, Shines | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

You may or may not have heard of a literary event called Book Slam that takes place on the last Thursday of every month (The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London, W11 2AY).  This is quite simply where the world of literary art comes to life.

Seeing and hearing from the mouths of top authors and guests such as heavy hitters David Simon (creator of The Wire), Nick Hornby (High Fedility, About a Boy, Fever Pitch, Juliet, Naked) and Dave Eggers (What is the What, You Shall Know Our Velocity, The Wild Things) and showcasing the extreme talents of up and coming authors and poets alike. With live music, great people and an oozing of creative talent under one roof; I dare you not to have fun in this cool melodic atmosphere.

Check it out for yourself:

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