Sunday Salon #6: The Devil’s Library with Tom Pugh

buchJoin us on November 20th for the last Sunday Salon of 2016. We’ll be talking to author Tom Pugh about his debut novel THE DEVIL’S LIBRARY (Crux Press), a Renaissance thriller described as by critics as a “gripping and atmospheric debut” and a “magnificent achievement.” We’ll also be asking Tom questions about all matters writing and publishing related. As usual, Alex and Joschi will be serving up the best cocktails in town, while we’ve lured Polly Trope back to provide the music. For more information, follow this link.

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…And the winner is….

Competition winnerThe results of this year’s competition are now available on our Competition page! Thanks again to our sponsors at The Circus Hotel, Jamesons Whisky and Papier Tigre!

You can read the winning text in the July/August edition of ExBerliner Magazine, while the runners up’s stories will be appearing on the ExBerliner website and here in our showcase. Thank you to everyone who entered. We hope to see you at our next Sunday Salon on September 4th where we will be celebrating the winners of the competition with readings, live music and cocktails!

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Sunday Salon #4: ‘Rabbit’s Bad Habits/Connect’ with Julian Gough

Julian GoughJoin us for our last Sunday Salon before September, when we’ll be in the company of award-winning author and pig thief, Julian Gough. From 7:30pm at Galander Bar, Kreuzberg, we’ll be talking about the weird differences, and similarities, in writing for five-year-olds (Rabbit’s Bad Habits), and thriller fans (Connect, coming out early 2017).

Not only this, Julian will also be sharing his thoughts on the writing life and offering some, shall we say, less than standard advice to aspiring authors. Oh, and there will be live music from pianist Fabien Leseure who will be debuting an original composition specially created to inspire the live-writing competition. As usual, there is a bottle of Jameson’s for the winner! Reserve your ticket here, entry is three euros on the door.

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Slave/Competition – This Sunday!

We’re thrilled that the lovely people at Visual Verse have decided to throw their lot in with us at this Sunday’s Salon and co-host the live-writing competition.

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 22.11.44For those of you who don’t yet know, Visual Verse is an online anthology of art and words. Every month they offer an image as a writing prompt. One image, one hour, 50-500 words. The image is the starting point, the text is up to you. And the best submissions are showcased on the website alongside such literary luminaries as Bernadine Evaristo, Andrew Motion and Ali Smith.

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Sunday Salon #2: ‘Venus’

eroticworkshopThis Sunday 14th February, ditch date night and join us for the second ever Reader Berlin Sunday Salon! Since it is Valentine’s Day, we’re dedicating the whole evening to Venus, goddess of love and lust. We’ll be hearing from author Susanna Forest who will be spilling the beans on her time as an editor at the Erotic Review, and then later we’ll be joined by Saskia Vogel, author of the novel “I am a Pornographer”.  Numbers are strictly limited, so simply follow this eventbrite link to snap up your ticket. For further information and to check out the podcast from our last Sunday Salon please visit our Sunday Salon page here.

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Cocktails, readings and a little piano music

phoca_thumb_l_beschnitten19This November 29th we’re inviting you to the first ever Reader Berlin Sunday Salon. Our venue is Galander in Kreuzberg, one of the most elegant and cosy bars in Berlin. We’ll be improving your mind, you’ll be reclining in leather armchairs while sipping some of the finest cocktails in town….
“Tod Wodicka is not at Home”

This month’s theme is ‘Belonging’ and will be curated by author Tod Wodicka (All Shall Be Well, The Household Spirit, Jonathan Cape). As well as reading from his own work, Tod will be sharing excerpts from writers which touch on exile, estrangement, and the clarity that arises from being a stranger in a strange place in strange times …

Victoria will MC, you can also expect beautiful piano music from the multi-talented Polly Trope (author of memoir Cured Meat), not to mention a special cocktail of the evening. Then, after Tod and Polly are through with us, we will hold a short open mike session.

If you’d like to read, simply bring 5-minutes’ worth of original material, preferably in some way related to the theme, and put your name in the hat (hat#1). We’ll draw five readers and after the music, we will welcome them to the mike to entertain us.

While tickets are free, at some point a second hat is going to be passed (hat#2) and we’d like you to put 2-5 euros in it. Why? Because these events can’t take place without the goodwill and assistance of a number of kind souls, and because every time the words, “Money? Afraid not … But the exposure will be good for your career,” passes the The Reader’s lips, somewhere a fairy dies.

Numbers are strictly limited to forty places, so simply follow this eventbrite link to snap up your ticket.