6.00 -7.00pm Pre-show discussion with tea
7.30 – 8.45 Performances
Join London writer, Anjan Saha and special guests for the London Literature Lounge; which will present literature and music in a curated approach each month at Keats House. Featuring children's author Siobhan Curham reading from her new book, Finding Cherokee Brown and poet Katrina Naomi who writes extensively about place and has held teaching residencies across the UK. Prepare to travel!
Siobhan Curham is an award-winning author, writing workshop leader and life coach. She also runs Dear Writer - an online forum for young writers, offering advice, competitions and workshops.
Siobhan is represented by literary agent Erzsi Deak of the Hen & Ink Literary Studio.
Reviews for Finding Cherokee Brown, out March 2013
‘Siobhan Curham has written a great book that deals with bullying, identity and being brave enough to be yourself. . . This is a lovely story that had me rooting for Cherokee all the way . . . and her journey of self-discovery is delightfully written.’ The Bookseller
‘I loved Cherokee as a character. Her voice and her plight drew me in from pretty much the first page. She is immediately likeable, and as a self-depreciating underdog, she is incredibly easy to root for. Not all authors can successfully pull off a witty, fast-talking stream of teenage girl monologue, but Siobhan Curham manages to do so in style. . .’ The Book Bag
Katrina Naomi is a poet based in south London and is originally from Margate. She is working towards a Creative Writing PhD at Goldsmiths, with a focus on violence in poetry. She writes extensively on place and has held teaching residencies across the UK.
Her first full collection, 'The Girl with the Cactus Handshake' (Templar Poetry), was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council England writer's award.
Reviews for The Girl with the Cactus Handshake
This impressive collection is rich with colour, black comedy, and surprise. Katrina Naomi's inventive work locates a 'beauty, a balance in watching' as it explores unusual lives at key moments.
- Todd Swift
Katrina Naomi's first full collection 'The Girl with the Cactus Handshake' was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council England writer's award.
Reviews for Charlotte Bronte's Corset
Charlotte Bronte's Corset is not just about the Brontes, or even the museum. In this creative setting, Katrina Naomi has been able to map out her own creative force.
- Tara Hanks
Katrina Naomi's latest pamphlet 'Charlotte Bronte's Corset' follows her writer's residency at the Bronte Parsonage Museum (from 2009-10) and is published by the Bronte Society.