The Thunderbolt was heaving for tonight’s Word of Mouth. For about 50% of the audience it was there first time, and what a treat they had.
Last minute guest Mr A started of proceedings with a slightly different take on Victorian feminine manners than normally reported. His manner and dress suited the style and manner of his reading. Mr A is a performer who we will be hearing more from.
Emma Newman read beautifully. Initially nervous, she warmed into the atmosphere of The Thunderbolt and read from her collection of short stories and the introduction to her teen novel “20 Years Later”. Her stories captivated the audience, the intensity, passion and detail were wonderfully portrayed in her voice. Her tales had a darker and more evil side to them than her public image. She is an active writer reading and promoting her work around the country, do catch her if she is reading near you.
Angie Belcher is a talented poet and comedian, living round the corner from the pub she was more at home here than most of our guests. Funny, crude and incredibly charming she wowed what was her home audience. Angie’s encore had the crowd whooping and cheering.
The Word of Mouth audience enjoyed the evening immensely and all the evening’s writers found new fans.
Wednesday, 4 January
We are pleased to kick start 2012 with stalwart of the Bristol writing scene Louise Gethin and acoustic, country indie band Furlined.
Louise Gethin writes short stories influenced by love and death and anything in between. Bristol-based and bred, she has written a number of pieces that capture the flavour of city, including Ship’s Diary and Night Out. She is a co-founding member of the Bristol Writers Group and was included in this year’s anthology Hidden Bristol with her story Heaven’s Below. Her writing ambition is to publish her collection of short stories Anecdotes of Love and Death.
Peerless songs, rich vocals and lush, swooning cello define Furlined, a Bristol-based band formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter Neil Crossley and cellist Tegan Everett.
In 2008 the band released their debut album Love Comes In Canisters, which attracted much acclaim in publications such as Billboard, Clash and Rock ‘n’ Reel.
That same year, the duo recruited bassist Graham Dalzell and drummer Greg White into their ranks, and the subsequent four-piece have since blossomed into a powerful and magnetic live act.
In March 2012, Furlined will release their second album Win A Dream Wedding, and undertake a UK tour and press/radio campaign to promote the new release.