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An evening celebrating women in silent film, 10 February

SILENT WOMEN – An evening celebrating women in silent film

The Kennington Bioscope are hosting a launch event at The Cinema Museum to celebrate the launch of our new book Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema 

Co-editors Melody Bridges & Cheryl Robson and other contributors will be in attendance to speak about their research behind their newly released book which showcases the women working behind the camera during the silent film era.

They will also be screening Shoes (1916) directed by Lois Weber, as well as number of short films by Alice Guy-Blache, Anita Loos amongst others.

Wednesday 10 February, 7.30pm at The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH (nearest station Kennington)

Tickets are £4 and can be booked via The Kennington Bioscope website

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YA novels with Holocaust theme

If you want to engage teenagers in the issues surrounding WWII and the Holocaust we’ve two Young Adult novels that may be of interest.
Separated from his parents who are deported by the Nazis, David struggles to survive, alone, hungry and scared, until he eventually finds his way to the city of Warsaw. Will David survive? Can he outwit the Gestapo?
A powerful and disturbing novel that deals with eating disorders and the shadow of the past.

Latest News: Virginia Prize for Fiction

Unfortunately due to the volume of entries received we will now be making our announcement in February 2016.

Apologies and thanks to all those that submitted entries, we’re having fun reading them!


First conference on playwright Ashwin Singh

ashwin singh croppedThe 3-D Conference: Durban Dialogues Dissected
Saturday 11 June 2016

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Ashwin Singh’s award-winning plays have made an indelible impact on the Durban cultural landscape over the last decade. Combining humour and pathos, his numerous works delve into myriad issues in contemporary South Africa and have moved mature, multi-cultural audiences as well as the younger generation. In recent years the playwright has acquired an international reputation as his work has been staged in India and published in the UK by Aurora Metro as Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice, Five South African Plays.

This one-day conference features readings from his plays Reoca Light and Beyond the Big Bangs.

The Conference Papers being delivered are:

Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice: A Critical Overview, by Dr Betty Govinden (UKZN; Dept of English)
Creative Agency as Critique in the Durban Dialogues, by Prof Priya Narismulu (UKZN; Dept of English)
Conflicts of Race and Gender: A Study of Plays by Ashwin Singh and Mahesh Dattani, by Prof Pranav Joshipura (Mahila College, Gujarat, India; Dept of English)
Voicing Identity in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Ashwin Singh’s Durban Perspective, by Ms Lee-Anne Naicker (DUT Drama and Production Studies) and Prof Bett Pacey (TUT Drama and Film Studies)
Ashwin Singh Egg or Chicken: A Writer/Director’s Recipe in Interviews and Analysis, by Prof Deborah Lutge (DUT Drama and Production Studies)

Faithful Visions. Inigo playwright Jonathan Moore in conversation with Mark Lawson

Inigo front coverInigo playwright Jonathan Moore in conversation with Mark Lawson at the London School of Economics Literary Fringe Festival.

Mark Lawson will be interviewing Jonathan Moore about his much admired play Inigo, which vividly brings Ignatius of Loyola and the founding Jesuits of the sixteenth century to life for a contemporary audience. Moore’s bold depiction of Loyola as a counter cultural radical explores timely questions about the role of art and faith, the world of the imagination and creativity, in the fight for change.

Tuesday 16 February, 6pm at Faith Centre, 2nd Floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

This is FREE event, but tickets must be booked on the LSE website.


Two of our authors featured in Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Books of 2015

12369002_1541498462808875_7949448936475868377_nWe’re delighted that two of our authors are Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 in the Indie category.
The River’s Song by Suchen Christine Lim
Liberty Bazaar by David Chadwick
The books and their Kirkus reviews will be featured in their Best Books of 2015 Indie sections in the December 2015 Kirkus Reviews magazine, newsletter, and on the website from 21 December.
What Kirkus said…
Liberty Bazaar: “Shades of Charles Dickens work … this offbeat, refreshingly absorbing Civil War novel features impeccable research … Along with the two well-drawn narrators, the novel boasts several wonderful secondary characters.” Read Kirkus Blue Starred review in full
The River’s Song:  “Lim tells their story in prose that’s subtle, cleareyed and lyrical, linking a city’s rise with the emotional travails of its inhabitants. A fine, deeply felt saga of lives caught up in progress that’s as heartbreaking as it is hopeful.” Read Kirkus Blue Starred review in full

The Divided Laing – last 10 days at Arcola Theatre

Go and see The Divided Laing by Patrick Marmion at the Arcola Theatre, on until 12 December and snap up a copy of the playtext from us.

the-divided-laing‘Some people are lucky: they get through life thinking the ground beneath them is solid…’

London, 1970. Experimental psychiatrist R.D. Laing is facing eviction from his pioneering asylum in the East End’s Kingsley Hall. Local residents are up in arms – and to make matters worse, Ronnie’s revolutionary colleague David Cooper is flipping out on the roof…

With his personal life going down the pan and his mental state heading the same way, Ronnie takes an acid trip to the future. His mission is to save his therapeutic collective The Philadelphia Association, and secure his professional legacy. Will it be a one-way ticket to madness – or can breakdown sometimes mean breakthrough?

Alan Cox plays Ronnie Laing in this provocative, freewheeling comedy by the acclaimed playwright and journalist Patrick Marmion.

Avi Sirlin’s travels with Alfred Russel Wallace

Avi Sirlin author of the historical novel The Evolutionist about Alfred Russel Wallace has been speaking at Festivals in Bali and Singapore.

HF panel at UWRF Tory Amanda Isa (2)At the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (Oct 28-Nov 1, 2015) Avi took part in two panel discussions and gave a talk about Wallace. Pictured here with (from left to right) Isa Kumari (Singaporean writer), Amanda Curtin (Australian writer), Avi Sirlin, and Tory Louden (moderator).

Avi in Singapore

At the Singapore Writers Festival (Nov 6-8, 2015) Avi was paired with Dylan Jones in a panel deconstructing the cult of personality, and writing historical fiction. Avi also found time to visit the Singapore Science Centre to see the Alfred Wallace exhibit.

Study Day: The Suffragette Movement and the Arts – 21 November

Four of Aurora Metro’s authors are participating in a Study Day at Chichester Cinema at New Park as part of the UK-wide film project The Time is Now.

During the day six different speakers from the world of Academia, Performing Arts and the Media will present four different sessions, each adding to our knowledge of this struggle for equality and basic human rights for women.

Their talks will also celebrate the energy, special gifts and determination of inspirational women from all ages and countries who have made their mark in the struggle for the rights of the individual.

Tickets £14 (Friends/Students £10)

Following an introduction by Maureen Wright (University of Chichester) and Abha Thakor (Women’s Political Rights Research Project) on the Rise of the Suffragette form 1880-1918, Aurora Metro authors will be talking about women in the arts during and after this period.

Susan Croft,  co-author of Aurora Metro’s Art Theatre and Women’s Suffrage, and editor of play collection Votes for Women will be talking on the involvement of actresses, playwrights, directors and other theatre personnel in producing theatre pieces in support of the movement.

Irene Cockroft, co-author of Aurora Metro’s Art Theatre and Women’s Suffrage, will be talking about suffrage artist and art-enameller Ernestine Mills, and other artists of the period.

Melody Bridges, editor and contributor of forthcoming  Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema, and Ellen Cheshire (contributor) will be sharing the stories of some of the women who were working in the early days of cinema.





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