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BookSlam comes to Burton

The date of our second #BookSlam draws near - 6 days away to be precise - and the team at Wet Zebra is getting excited. We are delighted to announce our programme for the evening, and it's jam-packed with talented authors.

Award-winning movie director Deborah Hadfield is among a host of writers and bestselling authors attending a book slam evening at The Trinity in George Street, Burton-on-Trent next Wednesday 23rd November.  

Film-maker and multi-award-winning historian Jim Ring will be reading from his fictional debut, the historical fantasy thriller A Queen's Ransom.

Martin Baker, bestselling author and award-winning journalist, will read from The Widow Hunter, a hilarious account of his travails in Hollywood and the difficulties of turning his first novel, Meltdown, into a movie.

Debutant writer Gary Farmer, and life coach Risaria Langley, both from the region, will also be in attendance to delight the audience with readings from their literary endeavours.

Robert Cole will be reading from his London Poems collection, charming us with his witty and thoughtful verse. The process of publishing this collection is in progress, since he smashed through the 1000-vote barrier last month.

Andy Isaac's Journals of the Invisible Man and Tony Judge's Sirocco Express will also feature on the programme. With all these talented readers, we have no doubt that this second BookSlam will be a night of quality entertainment and literary fun.

There will be Q&A with the WZ team and the writers, who will offer their insight on their publishing and creative journeys. If you can't be there in person, feel free to tweet, Facebook, or email us your questions, and you can hear them answered on our live stream of the event on social media.

Friends, family, supporters, booklovers, readers and would-be writers are all very welcome to join us for an evening of excitement and celebration of our authors' work. We think they're marvellous, and well worth your time.

WZ Editor Martin reading from his Version 13 at Chipping Norton.

WZ Editor Martin reading from his Version 13 at Chipping Norton.

Martin Baker, editor of Wet Zebra, said:

'This is our second pop-up literary festival. We've come to Burton because that's where many of our writers live - so we're just following the talent. Our publishing list is an alliance of established writers, journalists and academics, and people who have a story or a message to relate.

What's revolutionary about WZ's model is its openness. Anyone can submit their work, and if it gets enough votes - bear in mind it's free to register on site and vote - we will edit and publish the text. It's publishing that uses a truly democratic process.'

The event starts at 7.30pm, and entry is free, though guests must book a place via this link. For more details, check out this event page on Facebook, or have a look at the round up of our first Book Slam, which took place in Chipping Norton earlier this year.

Hope to see you there!