Another Liminal took place last Friday night. Another Liminal at Venue 90, aka Karen Blake's home art studio.
Surrounded by Karen's emotive, sensual art, the candlelit venue played host to a crop of local talent, all Liminal returners.
Kevlin Henney kicked off proceedings with his dark wit and menacing delivery; it was his first of three appearances. Twisted fairy tales, stories of dying for art and of a manic church service were among his sharp flash fiction readings.
Chris Knight brought some very welcome poetry with him and a witty tale about Brixton the Bear, in a style that we are beginning to recognise as his - giving voice to those we would not usually expect to hear. You will read the story one day, I am sure, but for those of us present at this Liminal, we will henceforth know the meaning of brown squash. Comedy and timing is the name of the game with Chris.
Gareth L Powell entertained us with his out-of-control, gun wielding, cigar chewing Monkey! Ack-Ack Macaque is Gareth's much-loved and increasingly well-known creation, who appears in a series of three books, the first of which is up for BFSA Best Novel of 2013. We got to hear the first chapter of Macaque Attack, released in January 2015. Then, a snippet of his work in progress - and we were the very first to experience it. Ever! Gareth had us hooked. We know what Victoria Valois and the Monkey do next; it's a special place to be.
In another, much appreciated preview, Joanne Hall read us Brass and Bone, the story of love gone bad, set in a Bristol that isn't always as familiar as we thought. This gritty tale that includes the Clifton Suspension Bridge and domestic violence was told in two parts - Jo thought she might be able to keep us hanging on till the book was released the very next day (in the collection of stories Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion). But, no, finish it, we pleaded!
With this calibre of writer on the menu, I wanted a piece of the action and finally made my Liminal debut, reading a flash about solitude and anguish up on Worle's End, followed by thoughts on fermented Cuban sugar cane and religion.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable and intimate evening in a venue that we love!
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This evening The Liminal returned to artist Karen Blake's studio for a special event featuring Ash Mandrake.
We also heard work from June Bastable, Karen Blake, Conrad Collinge,
Lilly Hillage, Chris Knight, and Alienora Taylor, and the evening was
compered by organiser Rebecca Condron.
Karen Blake, Alienora Taylor, Ash Mandrake, and Rebecca Condron
You can see more photographs of the evening on Flickr.
The Liminal is BACK ... As part of North Somerset Arts Week, The Liminal is delighted to announce a one-off, extra special evening of book and poetry readings at Venue 90. On May 10th, 7:30pm, we find space between the abstract at Karen Blake's mixed media garden and home studio in Lewisham Grove, Weston. We welcome authors Joanne Hall and June Bastable, who will be reading to us from their collections of weird and wonderful. There is also an open invitation to bring along your poetry and short or flash fiction so that you can share it with us on the night - no pressure, just lots of fun. Keith Ramsey from Minedeep Photography will be on hand to record the evening in photos. Tickets are £2. To book, please tweet dr_reba or leave a comment below. On the evening, feel free to bring your own picnics and drinks to make this Liminal your very own. Check out our author profiles and take a look at Karen Blake's website! And the full North Somerset Arts Week brochure can be downloaded from their website See you there!
Weston Poets will be arriving en masse to delight us with their various tales of love and woe, while Liminal favourite Kevlin Henney will take the stage with three pieces of sometimes witty, sometimes crushing flash, never before heard at a Weston reading. Ashlene Bishop and Keith Ramsey will also be inspiring us with brand new material in our open mic session - if you'd like to join them and share your work with us, we'd absolutely love to have you along.
Singer/Songwriter and Pianist, Bashema, will be blending jazz with classical piano on her return to Loves.
You can see why we're excited!
The Liminal will run from 7-9:30pm at Loves Cafe on Saturday 1st September. Entry is £6 and will include tapas of paella (meat, fish or vegetarian) and a glass of Sangria or choice of non-alcoholic drink. An absolute bargain, don't you think?
The bar will stay open till late, so you'll have the chance to enjoy more music by Bashema!