On the 11th of April we hosted our second event in The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow.  I would like to thank everyone that came along who helped make the night such a success.

We had a great selection of talented people who really went the extra mile to make the evening fun and interesting.

Firstly we had Phil Differ who gave a hilarious talk about creating his comic “The Steamin’ Headmaster” that he wrote alongside artist Gavin Boyle.  We were delighted that Phil popped his cherry doing some public speaking with us, he was clearly nervous, but armed with a few cans of Tsingtao and some top tips from his father (who is a stand-up comedian) he put together a ripper of a talk that was both highly entertaining and interesting.

 

Next up was poet Sam Small.  Sam is one of Glasgow’s most exciting poets and certainly did not disappoint.  It was few months ago that we spotted Sam at a poetry slam and decided we needed him at one of our events. Sam’s poems are loud, funny and thought provoking.  Sam really took the challenge of coming to a Speculative themed night and even wrote new sci-fi poetry to perform on the night.  Sam has an exciting schedule over the summer including the Wickerman Festival so pop along and see him, you’ll love it I promise.

 

After a short break of beer and book selling we cracked on with our third instalment of entertainment with author Chris Kelso.  Chris is a amazing young man who has written a stack of brilliant books. Making the journey up from Ayrshire, he had arrived early and his keenness was contagious.  He was a great help with the setting up and wasn’t scared to get stuck in.

Chris gave us a reading from his book “Transmatic”.  You could have heard a pin drop in the room as everyone was sucked into the story, silence only broke for laughter at some of the jokes and outrageous use of  language in the story.  Chris also did everyone a solid by giving away his books for free!

Our headline act of the night was Jim Alexander of Planet Jimbot Comics.

He gave us a deep insight into creating his comic “Wolf Country” and his love of the wild west.  Jim is a highly experienced comic book writer with an impressive back catalogue and gave us a great idea of what it is like to work in the world of comics, television and even read us a bit of prose.  Jim is having wonderful success at the moment and if you keep your eyes peeled you will be seeing more of this man.

 

So it just leaves me to thank everyone again and hopefully we will see you at the end of the summer for more beer, books and fun chat.

-Dale

A Look Back at Event #2
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