I have emailed the chairperson of the Lichfield borough council diversity and inclusivity committee several times in respect of this matter. Each time, I have received a courteous reply. Each time, no action has been taken.
Jen was the first person I knew who caught the virus. Of course, that’s not strictly true. On my way to work that morning, I probably passed a couple of people in the street who had it, probably shared a tube carriage with some of the early victims. But Jen was the first person I know had it for sure.
She walked in the shop first thing in the morning right on cue, her perfume fighting against the smell of raw meat and sawdust. The butcher nodded to her before going over to the door, locking it and changing the sign to “Closed”. There probably wouldn’t be any customers for a while yet, but he didn’t want to take a chance.
It is evening. Kayleigh is sitting cross-legged on the edge of my sofa. She is watching my television. Her eyes are narrow slits. She is catlike. Kayleigh scoops salsa with nacho chips. I look up from the book that I am not really reading and I watch as a glob of tomato evades her fleshy lips. It explodes, fat and satisfied, onto the cream upholstery. To me, this happens in slow-motion.
As everyone knows, the French - God save them - have a tag for any “fascinatingly ugly” woman, and though no similar designation exists in our quainter English tongue, some comparable label might almost have been coined for the lady you are about to meet.
After much head-scratching, childish suggestions and emailing to and fro, Liars' League has decided on our new themes for 2012 - check them out here!
Also, Liars' League is looking for an Artist in Residence to design a piece of artwork to accompany each month's event - this will be featured on our website, Facebook event, and in our mailouts to over 800 subscribers, as well as on an event poster on the night.
It can be graphic art involving the two words of the theme (e.g. Give & Take) or it can be a picture representing your take on the theme (let's say, a pile of violated Christmas presents for Give & Take ...) - anything so long as it's good!
There's no pay, only glory - but we'll let you into our shows for free and buy your drinks, as well as proudly displaying your work on our site and at the venue on the night of the event.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org attaching two sample images based on any of our new themes (see link above) plus a link to your portfolio online/personal website if you are interested. Closing date for applications 31st October.
We got nominated, we canvassed, we voted, we hoped, we prayed. Then we went down to Oxford - along with our publishing partners Arachne Press Arachne Press - for the Sabotage Awards and came away with a gong each! We're Best Regular Spoken Word Night 2014 and Weird Lies won Best Anthology.
LL IN GUARDIAN TOP TEN
Liars' League is one of The Guardian's 10 Great Storytelling Nights, according to the paper's go-out-and-have-fun Do Something supplement, that is. And they should know. The article is here and mentions several other live lit events well worth checking out.
ARTICLE ABOUT US IN WORDSWITHJAM
Journalist Catriona Troth came along to our Twist & Turn night, reviewed it and interviewed Katy, Liam, Cliff and author/actor Carrie. See what she said in her article for WordsWithJam here.
BUY OUR AUTHORS' BOOKS!
Longtime contributors Niall Boyce, Jonathan Pinnock & Richard Smyth all have books out which you'd be well advised to buy, then read, then buy for others. All genres are catered for, from novels (Niall's Veronica Britton) and short stories (Jonathan's Dot Dash) to nonfiction (Richard's Bumfodder)
KATY LIAR'S DEBUT NOVEL
Liar Katy Darby's debut novel, a Victorian drama called The Unpierced Heart (previously titled The Whores' Asylum) is now out in Penguin paperback. It's had nice reviews in The Independent on Sunday, Sunday Times & Metro (4*).
OUR INTERVIEW WITH ANNEXE MAG!
They came, they saw, they asked us a bunch of interesting questions. Interview by Nick of Annexe Magazine with Katy of LL: here