Sure to be entertaining and provocative in equal measure, join four of Hull’s most popular authors at the Park Street Performing Arts Centre, 7th December, for a night of conversation, debate and readings. 2017 was undoubtedly a chance for them to showcase their talents and develop new opportunities, but what’s happened to them since? Find out what they’re working on next and how to kick-start your own writing, or maybe just discover your next read.
Shaun French, a Trust Director at Park Street, said, “I’ve known Nick for a couple of years from our sparring on a sports show on local radio. When I was looking at fundraising, I couldn’t think of anyone better connected in the city than Nick, and as a reader of his books, I thought I could entice him to open up his thought-process when writing the exploits of Joe Geraghty and get a sneak peek into his next novel! Nick immediately said ‘yes’, but I didn’t realise what a great event this would become.”
Nick takes up the story. “When Shaun approached me to help out by putting on a talk, I thought we could make it into a much bigger night. Along with Cassandra, Louise and Russ, I’m often invited to events outside of the city to talk about my work, so this is a great chance for us to get together on our own turf and explore what it means to be a writer in these parts, not least as we move past being the UK City of Culture. I’m a huge fan of all their books, so it’s going to be a thrill to pepper them with questions on the night, and raise some funds for a brilliant place.”
It’s not just the written word being celebrated, but also the city’s music scene. “Myself and Shaun thought we should get a couple of bands involved, really add to the fun on the night,” Nick said. “We were both fans of Whisky Sky already. Their earthy Americana sound has a distinctive Hull twang, and we were delighted when Rich and Lou’s Loudhailer said they’d play us a set of road songs about love and murder. Most importantly, though, it’s an opportunity to help the theatre continue their great work, and as we’ll be rapidly approaching Christmas, there’s every chance you’ll get a mince pie.”
Tickets (£5) are on sale at the theatre or online https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/hull/park-street-performing-arts-centre/the-show-must-go-on