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LISTEN SOFTLY: Mary Paulson-Ellis + Julie Galante +Nadine Aisha Jassat + OPEN MIC
September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Listen Softly September is here! We’re back with three dazzling writers and performers PLUS open mic!
Listen Softly is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive spoken word evening, with much joviality and encouragement. We now have a PA system set-up in the shop so you can now listen even softer! Our aim is to help performers and audience members feel relaxed as they listen to exciting new work from writers we love. Each month, Listen Softly takes place in independent bookshop Golden Hare Books.
Entry is FREE and there will be a raffle. Doors open 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Please book in advance; it’s always busy!
Listen Softly September Performers…
MARY PAULSON-ELLIS lives in Edinburgh, and holds an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Other Mrs Walker, was Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year in 2017. The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing is her second novel.
JULIE GALANTE is a writer and figurative artist based in Edinburgh. Originally from the US, she also lived in Italy, Switzerland, and Germany before settling in the UK in 2013. Julie’s writing has appeared in the anthologiesFrom Arthur’s Seat and Luminous, defiant, and she was the winner of the inaugural Janet Coats Black Prize for Fiction in 2019.
NADINE AISHA JASSAT (Nadine Aisha) is a poet, writer, creative practitioner known for combining the creative arts with social justice. In 2018 she was awarded a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Her debut poetry collection Let Me Tell You This was published by 404 Ink in March 2019.
YOU! Listen Softly is a great chance for you to test new material or debut as an open mic performer in a relaxed, informal environment. Each month we have a few slots available for 5-minute readings, you can just let us know on the night!
RAFFLE: Listen Softly is always free but please bring some change for our monthly raffle!
LISTEN SOFTLY was founded in 2013 by poet and writer Dominic Stevenson. Dominic found it difficult to feel ‘at home’ at many of the performance nights in London, where the emphasis was on memorised material and ‘slick’ delivery. He decided to create a space where performers who may face barriers to getting onstage would a) feel welcome b) be able to express themselves in a way that made them feel comfortable and c) would get chance to read alongside established names. Listen Softly has featured artists such as Sara Hirsch, Rob Auton, Fran Lock, Rosie Garland, Aki Schilz, and many more.