I love to talk. I always have. As a kid, before I wanted to be a writer, psychologist, or french fry, I wanted to have a talk show. It wasn’t so much about being on TV—I still wasn’t convinced that being “on” TV didn’t mean being in TV. It was about the actual talking. About anything, to anyone, anywhere. The building of relationships with words. There’s something magical about it.
I’m not completely sure but I feel like I can remember people saying you talk so much you should have a talk show or you should be on the news or you should be a reporter. I’m almost sure it all was code for hush.
I’ve never been fluent in subtleties or silences.
Recently, I was awarded funding from the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy for Bookable-Space African American Lit Literary Salon, an online monthly literary salon celebrating African American writers. Can you imagine? I get to read books, have authors read to me, and then talk to them about writing, the books, their stories.
Don’t worry, it won’t just be me talking. You can join in too. The salons are free. We’ll meet on the first Friday of each month from 7-8 PM (London). The project launches in December. The first event will be Friday, February 5. You can join in Zoom or watch on Facebook Live. You’re welcome to join whether you’ve read the book or haven’t read it yet. The writers will be reading to us, and I’ll ask questions about their writing practice, the themes and characters, their publishing paths. You can ask questions too. I’m aiming for the salons to be warm and engaging, a night full of good stories with good people.
Events will be advertised here, on Facebook, and on Eventbrite. You can join us in Zoom or watch on Facebook live, or later here or on YouTube.
I hope you'll join me.