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LISTEN SOFTLY: Claire Askew + Alycia Pirmohamed + Ricky Monahan Brown + OPEN MIC

October 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Listen Softly October is here! On the eve of the very first Golden Hare Books Festival we’re in full swing with three brilliant performers AND open mic AND raffle to get us in the festive spirit. What could be better of an autumn evening…

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 October Line-up…

CLAIRE ASKEW’S debut novel, All The Hidden Truths, won the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress, and the inaugural 2019 McIlvanney Debut Prize. Her second novel, What You Pay For, is out now in hardback.  Claire is also a poet, and her debut collection This changes things was published by Bloodaxe in 2016. Find her on Twitter @onenightstanzas.com


ALYCIA PIRMOHAMED is a Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh, where she is studying poetry written by second-generation immigrants. Her pamphlet, Faces that Fled the Wind, was selected for the 2018 BOAAT Press Chapbook Prize, and she was a recent recipient of the 92Y/Discovery Poetry Contest, the Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, and the Gulf Coast Prize for Poetry. Alycia is a co-editor of They Rise Like A Wave: An Anthology of Asian American Women Poets (Blue Oak Press) and a poetry reader for Tinderbox Poetry Journal. She co-founded The Scottish BAME Writers Network, and has received an Individual Artist Program grant via Calgary Arts Development and The City of Calgary, as well as a Literature Matters Award via The Royal Society of Literature.


RICKY MONAHAN BROWN is the author of Stroke: A 5% chance of survival from Sandstone Press (‘Written with searing honesty and literary panache’ – Doug Johnstone). His short fiction has also been widely published. He’s also the producer and co-founder of the irregular night of spoken word and musical entertainment, INTERROBANG?! which won the 2017 Saboteur Award for the Best Spoken Word Night in Britain and was chosen for Bella Caledonia’s Top Scottish Alternative Media for 2018. Ricky was recently selected to be a participant in the Scottish Film Talent Network’s Write4Film programme.


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.


Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh City EH3 5AQ United Kingdom


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