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Second Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival 2008

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ABCtales Performance Workshop
5 July 2008 at 4:45 PM

Writer, Broadcaster and Journalist Tony Cook has lived in the CMPCA area for the past 20 years. He now runs the largest writing website in the UK,, and has recently set up a specialist website for readers, Tony is a seasoned broadcaster and his voice can often be heard on Channel 4 documentaries. He is organising a two part day. From 4.45–6.45pm he offers a free Performance Workshop to anyone who wishes to improve their presentation skills. Poets and authors are welcome to book in by emailing him at for details.

Venue: St. Michael's Church

Price: Free

ABCtales Evening
5 July 2008 at 8:00 PM

Everyone is invited with writers from the local area reading their poetry and prose in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Some will be published and extremely accomplished, such as local author Tara Hanks who will be reading from her latest book, The Mmm Girl, the acclaimed life story of Marilyn Monroe in her own words: even the most devoted Marilyn fans admit that Tara has captured the thoughts and feelings of one of the 20th Century's most iconic figures. For others it will be their first time reading in public. The quality will amaze you. Come and hear the extraordinary talent of some of your neighbours!

Venue: St. Michael's Church

Price: £3 (£2)

Lost In Translation
9 July 2008 at 7:30 PM

Hormuzd Rassam, born in Mosul in 1826, was an archaeologist and British diplomat, who towards the end of his long life came to live in Brighton. He won early celebrity for his discovery of many spectacular Assyrian sculptures and of the cuneiform texts containing the story of Gilgamesh, and later he was much in the news for a very different kind of adventure in Ethiopia, where he was sent as Queen Victoria's envoy to negotiate the release of some captive European missionaries. But then, Rassam's name gradually faded from history ? or was it erased? Was he too 'Oriental' for Victorian England? Or was he perhaps not 'Oriental' enough for those who thought that a native of the Ottoman lands could not be a real archaeologist, just a digger? Carolyn Sansbury, Rassam's 'fellow resident' in Powis Square, has spent the past year exploring the many issues around his fascinating life.

Venue: St. Michael's Church

Price: £7 (£5)

Brighton Rock and other stories
12 July 2008 at 2:00 PM

Laura Wilson is the multi-award-winning author of six psychological thrillers and Stratton's War, the first of a crime series that will follow the career of DI Stratton from the 40s through to the 70s. She is the Guardian's crime fiction critic. Her starting point when researching a new novel is always the Mass Observation Archive at Sussex University. She is also a keen admirer of Patrick Hamilton (The West Pier in particular). Peter Guttridge, the former director of the Brighton Literature festival, is the Observer's crime fiction critic and the author of six satirical crime novels. He has just completed a non-fiction account of The Great Train Robbery for the National Archive. His current project is a non-comic Brighton trilogy, the first of which explores in fictional form the Brighton Trunk Murders of 1934. In conversation, Laura and Peter will discuss crime in the city, the work of Patrick Hamilton and Graham Greene, writing about the past, basing fiction on fact -and whatever else of a criminal nature that pops into their heads.

Venue: St. Michael's Church

Price: £7 (£5)

12 July 2008 at 4:00 PM

Bestselling author, screenwriter and film producer (The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino) Peter James will be talking about his acclaimed series which features Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, his sidekick Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson and mortician Cleo Morey. These Brighton-set thrillers are Dead Simple, Looking Good Dead, Not Dead Enough and the recently published Dead Man's Footsteps.

Venue: St. Michael's Church

Price: £7 (£5)

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