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Past Events

Past EventsSaturday, March 5

True Tales

Stella Duffy
David Flusfeder
Benjamin Markovits
Meg Rosoff
Jake Wallis Simons
Clive Sinclair
Debbie Chazen

The totally true storytelling club returned for JBW 2011. We selected some of our favourite writers who revealed true moments of beauty, awkwardness, tragedy and hilarity all packaged in 10-minute stories and told with no notes. JBW 2011 theme was ‘Close Call’. 

Stella Duffy is as a writer, improviser, actor and director. Two of her novels were longlisted for the Orange Prize. Theodora – her twelfth – was published by Virago in June 2010.

David Flusfeder was born in the US but lives in London. He has written an opera as well as film scripts and published six novels – including his newest – A Film by Spencer Ludwig

Benjamin Markovits was a professional basketball player (like the main character in his novel Playing Days) before turning novelist. The Syme Papersand Other Side of Winter drew critical acclaim. Imposture is the first of a trilogy about Byron.

Meg Rosoff is the multi-award-winning author of How I Live NowJust in CaseWhat I Was and The Bride’s Farewell.

Jake Wallis Simons' second novel, The English German Girl, about the kindertransport, will be published in April 2011. He writes regularly for The Times and The Guardian, and broadcasts for Radio 4.

Clive Sinclair has published thirteen books, one of which has won the Somerset Maugham Award, and another - The Lady with the Laptop - both the Jewish Quarterly Prize for fiction, and the PEN Silver Pen. His most recent book is Clive Sinclair's True Tales of the Wild West.

Debbie Chazen is a comedian and actress. Her credits include Mike Leigh’sTopsy Turvy; the BBC sketch show TittybangbangDoctor Who;Coronation Street;and the stage version of Calendar Girls.



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