Monday, February 23, 2009

Reading Aloud

It's not often that an unpublished author gets to read from their work in a venue that has hosted Leonard Cohen and Phillip Glass and is home to the Welsh National Opera.

Last Thursday might have been a pretty blah sort of a day, what with the rain and the hassle at work, except for the evening, when I had the chance to play at being a real author, appearing at the Millennium Centre, reading from my American Title V entry Never Coming Home.

OK, so it was in the foyer, not the auditorium, and the audience was only about forty people, but even so - I had a great time.
It all came about courtesy of Academi - the Welsh literature promotion agency, which sponsors a series of Nights for the Unpublished, at various venues all over Wales. And - you've guessed it - unpublished writers and poets get to read their work - from a stage, with a microphone, and people sitting in front to listen, and everything. Fabulous practice for when I finally get a book published. Well - a girl has to have a dream.

There was an amazing variety of work on show, prose, poems, flash fiction, - but I don't think they'd ever had a romance writer before. And to top it all I got a mention in my local newspaper, though I didn't get to see it until I got home that night.
I might even have had a picture of me reading, if the camera hadn't thrown a sulk at the crucial moment. I did manage to get one of me standing in front of the stage during the interval - so I do have a memento/evidence. And wearing my Love Conquers tee shirt, of course.

I could get used to this kind of life - people actually clapped when I'd finished. I don't think it was because they were glad to see me leave the stage.


Mel Hiers said...

That is very cool, Evonne!

Savanna Kougar said...

Wow, Evonne, that is cool. I'm glad you had such a good time with it.
I wish I was in good enough shape to do that sort of thing, too.
And thanks for the great pics.

Lexie O'Neill said...

You keep going, girl!