I got an email a couple of weeks ago from a lady who had seen my posts about Noir at the Bar. Although the lady in question wasn’t a writer, she was interested in the event and wanted to know if it would suitable for ‘non-writers’ to attend.
It took me no time at all to respond to this question: it is more than suitable for people who don’t write! Noir at the Bar isn’t just about giving a forum to writers to read their work – it’s about introducing readers to writers they may not have encountered before.
For example, this Wednesday, you might come to listen to Jay Stringer or Russel D. McLean but you’ll hear work from writers you may not have heard of before and I guarantee you will leave with at least one new writer whose work you’ll want to track down.
There is no set order of speakers so we ask members of the audience to pick names out of a hat – if you pick a name, you’ll get a signed book from that author (or the promise of one in the future). Free book just for picking a name out of a hat – and the opportunity to read someone you either love now or will love in the future.
For me, one of the many brilliant aspects of Noir at the Bar is that you will hear from a range of writers, from big names to people who haven’t yet had work published. If you attend Wednesday night, you’ll be able to say that you saw LP Mennock and Jon Wigglesworth before they made it big!
The joy of Noir at the Bar is that not only do you get to listen to awesome writers, you also get to interact with them. It’s encouraged that, during the break or at the end of the evening, you tell someone if you enjoyed their reading. Chatting about books is absolutely encouraged at Noir at the Bar!
And if you do fancy having a go at reading something you’ve written, you could always put your name down for the wild card round.
Noir at the Bar is meant to encourage interaction between writers as a community but also readers so if you’re a member of a book club or a solo reader, pop along. Entry is free and, if this Noir at the Bar is half as fun as the last one, you’re in for a cracking night.