Getting up on the stage at the City Lit's Late Lines event is not quite as daunting as the photo above suggests -- but not far short. Fortunately, the audience is both enthusiastic and encouraging, as you might expect from a bunch of people who've been on courses to improve their writing and to celebrate their, and others' successes.
Late Lines is a great event, and extends the City Lit beyond the confines of the classroom and course. I've already written about my attendance at one a few months ago led me to explore poetry for the first time in years. What I especially enjoy is the variety of readings, and their quality.
The most recent one was a couple of weeks ago at the time of writing, and was well worth attending. One of the stories in particular was quite moving, as were several poems.
The evening was punctuated by people relating how a course at the City Lit, while not academic in itself, led them on to pursuing an MA in creative writing an even, in some cases, a PhD. It just goes to show that good adult education can open doors that may otherwise have remained firmly bolted.
Key dates for your diary are:
Between the Lines, in which some of the people whose work has appeared in the Between the Lines anthology take to the stage. Date: 14th September, 6pm - 8pm.
Late Lines, another 'installment' of this great event. Date: 7pm - 9pm.