An Evening of New Writing

Well, it went marvellously, though I say so myself. Actually I knew it would, because Alayna Munce’s book, When I Was Young And In My Prime, is beautiful, strong, poetic and resonant and Maria Jastztrebska is one of my favourite poets, not just because I like her poetry, but because she has a wonderfully intimate and yet powerful reading style which leads the listener into new thoughts and new places with perfect authority. Catherine Mansfield from Telegram Books mc’d us very nicely, and there was a great sense of friendliness and pleasure to the whole event.

Old friends came along and made the evening into a social joy and new friends came along and turned out to be lovely people! Books were sold and signed, wine drunk, flyers collected and tucked into pockets, applause was warm, conversations were warmer still.

And yet – I’m still enough of a wimp to say the nicest thing about the whole evening – for this writer – is that it’s over …


  1. Knulp
    18th September 2007

    Congratulations, Kay: wish I could’ve been there. I bet you were every bit as wonderful as your comliterates, and now you can sit back and smile with the applause still echoing in your ears.

  2. Kay Sexton
    18th September 2007

    Wish you could have been there too …

  3. Nik's Blog
    18th September 2007

    Glad to hear it went well, Kay. Well done!


  4. Chelsey Flood
    24th September 2007

    Hi Kay, I’m just reading ‘When I was Young and in My Prime’ and think it is quite beautiful. I would love to hear Alayna Munce reading…
    I also enjoyed your story, or novel extract rather, in The Small Press Review.
    Is ‘Gatekeeper’ finished? It would be great to read the whole thing…



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