Lyn Martin, Gill Meller & Janis Lane at the ArtsFest Literary Salon
The ArtsFest Literary Salon, with special guest, chef and Guardian writer Gill Meller, was a huge success. Held at luxury boutique B&B Dorset House, guests enjoyed seasonal cocktails and canapés inspired by recipes in Gill’s debut solo cookbook, Gather.
Janis Lane, owner of The Writing Room in Lyme, hosted proceedings with Lyn Martin, Dorset House proprietor. After sampling delicious homemade treats, guests were seated in the sumptuous lounge and dining room for a reading of John Keats’ Ode to Autumn, read by writer and poet Phil Whitehead: a fitting seasonal start. Gill and Janis then talked about the inspiration behind Gather and Gill’s love of the local landscape and seasonal cooking, and guests also asked their own foodie questions. A book signing rounded off a wonderful evening.
The next Literary Salon is on Sunday 11th December from 5.30-8pm at Dorset House, with special guest Nick Ivins telling tales from Walnuts Farm. Enjoy mulled wine, Christmas punch, mince pies and cheese, and bring a festive reading to share! Tickets are £15 each or £25 for two. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and bookings. Limited spaces available; advance payment secures booking.
I’m delighted to see my essay Fictional Worlds published on the Thresholds website. For those who like to read and/or write fiction, you may well be aware of the existence of this fantastic site, which is based at the University of Chichester. It offers a wealth of information on the short form for both readers and writers; as ‘home of the international short story forum’, it really is worth taking some time to browse through.
My essay is a personal recommendation of Rose Tremain’s short story collection, The American Lover. If you do have time to take a look, I hope you enjoy the piece. Either way, I urge you to sample some of Tremain’s fiction – short or novels – she really is a master.
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Some little bits of writing news. First, I was delighted to be long listed for the Bath Short Story Award for a tale I’m very fond of.
In the end I didn’t make the shortlist but I feel buoyed by the tentative steps towards validation. Turns out that people might just like some of my stories, which are written at bizarre times, sometimes about bizarre happenings. I will keep going.
I recently submitted an essay to the wonderful Thresholds, and equally wonderful is that fact that they plan to publish that essay in the coming months. I’ll post something here and on Twitter (@WritingRoomLyme) when that happens.
I can’t wait to go to the Curious Arts Festival. Here’s why.
- Watching Billy Bragg
- Laughing at Lucy Porter
- Taking advice from DBC Pierre
- Tasting fine wines
- Hanging out with (or near) the literati
- Taking my daughters to hear Carol Ann Duffy read
- Watching aerial acrobatics and circus skills
- Spending time with friends and family
- Keeping the gin tent in business
The inaugural Lyme Regis Literary Salon was held on June 11th this year, World Gin Day. What better way to celebrate than with gin-based cocktails and sharing the written word with like-minded people?
The literary salon is a long-established tradition where like-minded people gather to share the written word, enjoy lively conversation and explore new ideas.
We heard readings from a variety of literary forms, from AA Milne to Noel Coward, fiction and non-fiction. There’s something rather intimate and revealing about hearing people’s choices of favourite works. Our venue was the beautiful Grade II Listed Regency villa, Dorset House, where future salons will also be held.
ArtsFest Literary Salon
Our next Salon will feature Gill Meller in conversation, as he talks about the inspiration behind his debt solo cookbook, Gather. Enjoy canapés made by Gill and seasonal cocktails as he talks to Jan Lane. There will be a Q&A and Gill will be signing copies of his new book, plus a smattering readings to reflect the landscape around us.
Date: 27 Sep 2016
Venue: Dorset House, Lyme Regis
Christmas Literary Salon
Our festive Salon invites guests to read their seasonal fiction and non-fiction treasures and a lively evening of mulled wine cocktails, cheeseboard and mince pies.
Date: 11 Dec 2016
Venue: Dorset House, Lyme Regis
Tickets for all Salons: £20 each or £35 for two (includes two cocktails and canapés). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07790 503607 to book. Payment in advance, please.
It’s been a great first summer season for The Writing Room, and we’ve been delighted with the reaction to our shop; thanks to everyone from Lyme and elsewhere, who have been so positive about what we’re doing.
Meeting new people and chatting about the delights of the written word has made it a very sociable and enlightening few months, and we’re looking forward to more of the same going forward, with new workshops and products to look forward to. Onwards an upwards: have a great September.