The sandwich would hardly have been hallucinogenic. Made by Jimmy's fair hands the night before and before we'd started to argue, it was tuna and tomato, on granary, no mayonnaise, no butter. Jimmy always said that vine tomatoes set off the flavour of the fish, which he grilled with a little fresh ginger, allowed to cool and then sliced.
Used to be, every other night I saw her. Sometimes every night.
How'd I know it was night? Everybody dreams at night, don't they? Night-time was for her and me and the banal monsters and the uncanny clowns and the people you know with the faces you don't. Carnevale.
I imagine my mother before I was born, when she knew I was there swelling inside her. She is a young woman, a girl really, eighteen, fresh off the boat and wandering alone in London, a head full of Duran-Duran, neon lights and growing worries. Her name is Siobhan and I hold her in my mind's eye, watching her movements and her fears and her plans. She does not see me watching her because I am not yet born. But I am there all the same, questioning her, wondering what she will do as six weeks tick to ten weeks and her problem grows bigger and bigger.
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