The Speed of Light – Story Fridays


If I could travel at the speed of light, I would be reading my flash story Rising Dawn, at Story Fridays ‘Speed of Light’ event in Bath this Friday, 22nd September, but I’m booked on a film course Saturday morning and it’s one thing too many.

Fortunately actor Kirsty Cox is there to read it for me! So if you are in Bath, go along to Burdall’s Yard and listen in for me! Lots of other great stories.

Stories start at 8.00pm, doors open at 7.15.

Admission £5.00. Tickets on the door.

Venue: Burdall’s Yard, 7A Anglo Terrace, Bath BA1 5NH

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Rebellion: Writing Fantasy


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 Rebellion: Writing Fantasy, author talk and workshop

Author Cherry Potts reads from her new novel The Dowry Blade, and discusses ways of writing fantasy with an opportunity for a short writing exercise for the audience.

World building, weird logic and rule breaking at

Brompton Library

210 Old Brompton Road

London SW5 0BS

Thursday 14 April 18:30-19:45

Attending the London Book Fair?  This event is on the final day and Brompton Library is one stop on the tube/overground away from Olympia, at West Brompton, then a short walk.

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Kate Foley & Cherry Potts reading at Gay’s the Word – Video


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We had a great evening at Gay’s the Word – thank you to Uli & Jim – and despite Kate’s determination to walk out of shot, we have some video – where it got silly, with just a sleeve on show, there’s audio instead.

Here’s Cherry reading a bit about family from The Dowry Blade, chosen specially to link with Kate’s themes, and not read elsewhere.

and audio of the other section read

Here’s Kate reading a varied selection of poems from The Don’t Touch Garden

Blue Glass, Empty Pram:

Oral History:

My Father Counting Sheep:

The Elephant Aunts:

and here, reading an abridged version of the long title poem.

continued off camera…

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LGBT History Month is coming up: part 1


New cover for Arachne Press version of mosaic - image copyright Melina Traub
Mosaic of Air – image copyright Melina Traub

You may have realised from the last couple of posts, that I’m a bit of a history gal.  So of course I am taking part in a few events over February.

First out of the traps:

Lewisham Library 199-201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG (see the videos)

6th February 7.45  for 8, until 9.30

free, but ticketed. 40 tickets available so probably wise to book.

Lewisham 6-2-14 posterI will be reading from Mosaic of Air (It’s twenty years since it was first published, it qualifies as history – actually that’s a bit alarming – there are quite a few historical stories in it, and what are now period pieces but were contemporary at the time! ).

I will be joined by poet Kate Foley,

Kate Foley  VG Lee-2

humorist  V.G. Lee and debut novelist V.A. Fearon.

V A Fearongirl with treasure chest

one window north - foley

(Incidentally, should you be keen enough to want to come to all the events I’m involved in over February, I shall be making an As You Step Outside front interimeffort to read something different each time, and the focus will vary too.)

Tall Tales at the Tavern


Tall Tales at the Tavern

three women reading a book togetherJoin WOOA Brockley Writers’ Group for an evening of stories by local writers:

Bartle Sawbridge, Cherry Potts, Clare Sandling,

David Bausor, Joan Taylor Rowan, Rosalind Stopps

Read by Gill Stoker and Mike Burnside

Followed by a flash fiction open mic session for any other writers who want to join in, around 200 words: bring something along, or write in the interval.

Misty Moon Gallery, Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road, SE13 7HS

Thursday 7th June 2012 7.00pm

No booking required, just turn up and grab a seat