My friend Bob, Justbob, has a spaceship in his pocket.
He got his name the day he wandered onto the building site. He stood watching one of the YTS kids slapping bricks and mortar together, and then, in earshot of the foreman, Mr O’Reilly – he doesn’t much like it if you call him Malcolm, and he doesn’t much like it if you omit the Mr – he said, “I can build walls.”
The Patels had given up the lease on The Kandy Kottage sweetshop in June. In July it was taken over by Alfred Cole and his son Kevin. At first glance it was possible to think they were twins, so alike were they in their battered jackets and corduroy trousers. Even their hair was of a similar length but whilst the father's was a steely grey, the son's was a light brown, the colour of mouse fur. Although Kevin was thin and stooped like his father, customers who bothered to look could see he was still in his teens.
They had been there for two months when Greta first walked in and Kevin Cole fell in love with her. Quite what it was about her was difficult to say. Two more dissimilar people would have been hard to imagine, but he fell in love with a bang and the noise echoed through the jungle of sweet jars and bounced off the sherbet lemons.
It was on the afternoon of October 17, 1923, that a large Ford motor car passed through the village of Madderdown. Its passengers were men of distinction: a scientist and an artist. They could afford to smile at one another, as such men often do, though neither understood what the other one really did; both enjoyed a full measure of society's approbation and confidence in the value of their own proceedings, without needing to interest themselves in those of other men’.
Thanks to our faithful fans' nominations we were shortlisted (along with four other eminent & excellent events) in the Best Regular Spoken Word Night category at the Saboteur Awards 2016! We didn't win (though congrats to Manchester's Bad Language, who did) but we certainly enjoyed the awards party cocktails ...
INTERVIEW ON THE STATE OF THE ARTS
In celebration of our one hundredth event, the fine folks over at thestateofthearts.co.uk interviewed us about the secret of Liars' League's longevity, here.
BEST REGULAR SPOKEN WORD NIGHT AT SABOTEUR AWARDS
We got nominated, we canvassed, we voted, we hoped, we prayed. Then we went down to Oxford - along with our publishing partners Arachne Press - for the Saboteur Awards and came away with a gong each! We won 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