This coming Tuesday I will be reading at Sparks 7, at Brighton's Three and Ten (BN2 1TE). I'm reading my short story finis terrae, which is a little different to my usual work, partly because it features a female narrator:
"He used to call me Finisterre, whispering the name in my ear between kisses to my neck. He’d sleep in my arms after making love and I’d stay awake, watching the sweeping lighthouse beam, the three-second, five-second rhythm of its Light Characteristic. The radio would be on – not the lighthouse set but Mum’s old portable. It never keeps a signal long and through the night it slips from voices to static. I would hold him tight, knowing he’d soon be leaving."
The night starts at 8pm, with entry costing £5. Also reading is my friend, poet Naomi Foyle, who I read with at Short Fuse's erotic fiction night in March. There will also be stories from Sarah Charsley, Chloe Penney, Sam Mead, Gretel My, Jon Heath, Annie Clarkson. Each reading will be accompanied by the backdrop of a specially commissioned photograph.
If recent Sparks nights are anything to go by, there will be drinking and shenanigans afterwards. Do come along if you can!