Furs and feathers

Busy weekend. Friday night I attended the memorial evening for John Fairfax, co-founder of Arvon, at the Free Word Centre on Farringdon Road. The Free Word Centre, (opposite the old Guardian building)  is where several literature development organisations are housed, including English PEN, The Literery Consultancy, The Arvon Foundation and Index on Censorship. It’s a very modern building with a cafe, theatre and large open plan meeting room, and feels very much like a new age co-op. Lots of good people attended the event, including many Old Arvon-ites. The entire Fairfax clan showed up, also the poet Kit Wright,  ex Arvon CD Louise Hudson,  writer James Long, poet Lawrence Sail, John and Antoinette Moat and others. We all went to The Betsy Trotwood afterwards and talked about – er – old Arvon.

On Saturday, I attended Katy Lynton’s private view in The Perfume Factory in North Acton. If  could, I’d buy some of Katy’s work, especially her small eroctic pictures. I also love her huge Buddist Tree of Life. Katy’s work is modern and sexy and feminine, also currently influenced by her trip to China last year. While there, I got a chance to gossip with Donna Maclean and  a lovely up and coming writer called Ella, (Donna’s muse) who is finishing her first novel. Me, Emma Wallace and BBC journalist Paul Moss, then had dinner on Goldbourne Road and talked mostly about sex and the Bible.

Sunday, I attended a workshop with tantrika, Leora Lightwoman near Archway.  Ommmmm.

Today I’m doing a reading in Plymouth, at University College, Plymouth (Marjon). I have been invited by my old friend from Arvon and fellow author Hayden Gabriel. A workshop and then a reading, followed by dinner in a county pub on Dartmoor. Oh, a writer’s life.  Must find suitbable clothes to wear.  Grass green suede Clarks’ desert boots and a rabbit fur coat may be a little too Ladbroke Grove.  Silver trainers? Sheet….it’s quite a formal event. No clothes, no clothes. Only tattyold furs an feathers and a bunch of silly shoes.

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~ by moniqueroffey on November 9, 2009.

One Response to “Furs and feathers”

  1. Bloody Exhausting Reading It!

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