The mighty Elephant thundered along the jungle path, the trees shaking in his wake.
“Oooh!” panted the Monkey, swinging along the vines besides him. “Where do you go in such a hurry?”
The Elephant cast him a contemptuous glance, and slowed his pace a fraction. “I go to the woods, beneath the falls, below the mountain of the moon,” he trumpeted. “There to eat my fill of the delicious fruit that hangs from the trees.”
My name is Radha Mila. I am – I was a journalist. You may have heard my voice before: my programme was an illegal broadcast called Beyond the Truth. In it, I denounced the leader of my country and spread anti-government propaganda in response to the news reported by the official channels. I believed I was serving my country and my people in doing this. I now recognise that I was wrong.
Ben and Peter sat clutching beer bottles each and watching Sky News. It felt as though the whole of London was being licked by orange and yellow flames and assaulted by gangs of youths. The scenes were occasionally interrupted by a jowly anchor isolated in the safety of a studio alongside an angry politician and a right-wing social commentator. The city looked more like something from Mad Max than the glossy images normally paraded on TV: Birdcage Walk jammed with people celebrating the Royal Wedding; the Gherkin on the opening credits of The Apprentice; or those endless CGI images of how great the Olympic Park was going to be. Although Ben was unsure of what had happened to the city, his city, stunned by the destruction on loop, Peter was full of certainty.
The Liars have spoken, and the stories for Might & Right have been chosen, as has the Artist in Residence, Gaurav Sarin, whose fab image for Might & Right is above. There are elephants and despots, squaddies and rioters, hippos, hoodlums and high-end bakeware - swing by next Tuesday November 8th to see how they all fit together ...
STORIES CHOSEN: HOT by Jet McDonald *new author*, read by Sean Patterson HOW THE ELEPHANT FELL by Liam Hogan, read by Rachel Spicer DO NOT SEND HELP by Anna Clair, read by Jennifer Tan POSH DISHES by James Holden, read by Will Goodhand TELLING IT LIKE IT IS by James Smyth, read by Steve Wedd
As ever, there will be bargain wine on the night, a fiendish literary quiz and the chance to win FIVE brand new books by
Sapphire Colm Toibin LL alumnus Jonathan Pinnock (his brilliant new Jane Austen sequel Mrs. Darcy vs the Aliens) Chris Adrian AND the new Granta Horror issue - and all for only £5 on the door. See you there!
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' NEW 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