Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Reliving a memory...Blogtember 2013

A memory you would love to relive.

About 5 years ago I was asked to take part in a opening showcase for the writer, Robert Shearman. I was absolutely ecstatic! I'd been attending these reading events since first year university and had seen countless other students get up and read their work for other writers. For me to be asked to follow in their footsteps was huge! (For me anyway!) And opening for a writer I knew was even better! 

Who is Rob Shearman?
Shearman describes himself as a comedy writer, but it might be truer to call him an absurdist; most of his work, whatever the medium it is written for, is concerned with the effect on ordinary people when they're propelled into extraordinary or fantastical situations

Most well known for his work on BBCs Dr Who, Shearman is an award wining, well established playwright. He also has several short story collections. That night he was reading from his collection, 'Tiny Deaths', which had been shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story prize

Looking back, I do wish I had done the whole thing differently, but on the whole it was an amazing experience. It was one of the few times I've thought of myself as a writer of any kind and really believed that I could make writing my life. The glare of the spotlight, the polite applause as you take to the stage, then the silence. The silence is the scariest part. Your audience sit with bated breath, they don't know what your about to unleash on their ears. For those 3 minutes I had them (well, thats what I tell myself! In reality I couldn't see a single face beyond the front row!). I turned my words into a story and brought it to life right there in that room.

It wasn't a particularly amazing piece and other readers had enjoyed their moment for so long I had only the briefest of chances on that stage, but I'd go back and do it in a heartbeat!

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