Next week, Harrow's budding writers get the chance to perform some of their work in front of an audience at the London Literature Lounge. BECKIE ROWE investigates
THE London Literature Lounge rolls into Harrow Arts Centre next week, where writers from the borough will get the opportunity to gain professional experience and showcase their work.
If they have the nerve, they will be invited to perform some of their work in an open mic session at the centre in Uxbridge Road, Hatch End.
This will be sandwiched between an array of up-and-coming performers, who will be reading poetry and prose or playing music.
The event is now in its 26th year and artists such as Stacy Makinishi and Siobhan Curham will be performing some of their own work.
Anjan Saha, director of London Literature Lounge, said: "Writing has always been my form of expression. I was always scrawling in diaries as a child and we've come to realise that there are many people across London that share that passion for writing.
"We want to give up-and-coming Harrow writers the chance to get some professional experience. To get up on the stage to share their work with the audience - to get a foot in.
"We are hoping and expecting a lot of Brunel University students to attend the event and give it a go."
Siobhan Curham, already a successful author is launching her new book, Dear Dylan, at London Book Fair next week.
Mrs Curham went to Nower Hill High School, in Pinner, and currently lives in Ruislip Manor.
She will be reading from the book, which she is giving away free as a digital download, having rejected a book deal.
Anjan added: "We have high hopes for a full house, which will be fantastic. The show has been a success at various destinations throughout the capital already and one of our hosts, Siobhan, has great links with both the Harrow and Uxbridge writers groups, so bringing the show to Harrow Arts centre was always an objective.
"I am also from west London so I know there is a lot of talent in and around this part of the capital."
Also performing is Stacy Makinshi, a critically acclaimed artist best known for her variety of media, including site-specific installations, video, new writing, physical theatre and live art. * The show, which will include live acoustic music from blues and jazz guitarist Robert Hokum, is being held in the arts centre's Travellers' Studio.
Doors open at 6.30pm tomorrow (April 30) and the show runs from 7.15pm until 9.45pm.
Tickets, which cost £6 plus a booking fee, can be purchased via www.harrowarts.com . For more information, call 020 8416 8989.