Saturday, January 15, 2011

Conf 657: Howard Jacobson at Bookslam

The Bookslam literary nightclub night was in Clapham (London South) rather than Notting Hill (London West) this month, but, as Howard Jacobson was on, thought I'd make the trek. A few friends thought it worthwhile as well and we had a great evening.  I've just about finished The Finkler Question - would have finished it sooner if daughter didn't keep on comandeering the Kindle for English homework -  and hearing him read extracts was a real treat.

Bookslam is always worthwhile. They not only manage to find a star author every month but there are always some really, really interesting support artists. Discovery of the night this time was Jackie Kay who read from Red Dust Road, her very funny memoir about travelling to Nigeria to meet her real father.

There are tables, proper food if you want it (Notting Hill Tabernacle big bowls of chips yes. Clapham Grand mush on paper plates no nibbles not even crisps, no) and drink and, for a top night out, it's all very affordable.  If you're nowhere near London, there are always the excellent free podcasts. And now Bookslam TV - here's last month's new discovery, The Mind's Ear Orchestra, an orchestra that the audience gets to conduct themselves (with me shouting out lawnmower!) :


Another new discovery was the 49 bus route. Very scenic - South Kensington, Chelsea, Battersea Bridge, Clapham:

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.

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