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Loose Muse

Wednesday, 13th October 2010 at 8pm

Location: Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (closest tube = Covent Garden)

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LOOSE MUSELondon’s only regular event for women writers of all genres
Wednesday, 13th October @ at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (closest tube = Covent Garden).  Hosted by Sara-Mae Tuson and featuring Maggie Butt and Alison McLeod. Come along and sign up for the Open Mic portion of the evening.
Starting at 8pm -  £5.00/£3.00 concs. 
Well it looks like I’m back to host another Loose Muse! Agnes is off to sunny Spain for a short break and I am stepping in just as autumn seems to be kicking in with big hobnailed boots. To help us enjoy cosying up together at the Poetry Café we have two brilliant writers.

Robert Nye said of Maggie Butt’s work: "Why is poetry so rarely good-hearted? Maggie Butt's is a shining exception. Her generous work enfolds the hopes of a GI bride, the perfectionism of an anorexic girl and the cardboard of a child's crown. Her poems are sympathetic, skilful - and surprising." An ex-journalist, Maggie has been a jobbing writer as well as a poet so please come along to ask her questions about how she managed to juggle the creative end and the work aspect of her career.

Alison McLeod is a short fiction writer of ‘fragmentary evocations of desire and its mysteries, passing glimpses into minds and hearts: tender; pierced; translucent.... [Her] characters are strong, and they are worth listening to...' The Guardian (2007). Come along and pelt her with questions afterwards.
Hope to see you there, be sure to come and sign up for the open mic portion of the evening!

More information about our featured writers:

Maggie Butt is 5’2”, but that’s not why her second collection is called petite. This is a collection of short poems which are “witty, wise, original and compassionate...tender, hopeful and unreasonably delightful.”  Maggie is an ex-journalist and BBC 8TV producer whose poems are widely published.   Her first collection, Lipstick, was published in 2007.
 Alison MacLeod was raised in Canada and has lived in England since 1987.  She has published two critically acclaimed novels, The Changeling, in 1996 and The Wave Theory of Angels in 2005.   Her short stories have been widely published in a variety of literary magazines and collections, and broadcast on the BBC. Her short story collection, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction, was published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin in 2007. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award for Short Fiction, while her collection was nominated for the International Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and for ‘The Book to Talk About in 2009’ Award.  In addition to her writing, she teaches on the MA programme in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester.  Her next novel is due to be published by Hamish Hamilton in 2010 and is set in Brighton, where she now lives.   For further information about her work, please see
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