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Venue: The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX.

Stand up for Books

In association with the Society of Young Publishers

Thursday 28 June

A live literature evening with a stellar line up of guests that could include YOU on the open-mic stage.

Our headliners, having both been nominated for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance, know a thing or two about romantic misadventures...

Kate Harrison is the author of 9 novels including The Boot Camp, The Secret Shopper novels, The Self-Preservation Society, The Starter Marriage, Brown Owl's Guide to Life and Old School Ties. Soul Beach trilogy is Kate’s first foray into writing for teen readers and is a dark murder mystery set in a strange online paradise.



Matt Dunn is the author of the romantic comedy novels Best Man, The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook, From Here To Paternity, Ex-Girlfriends United, The Good Bride Guide, and most recently The Accidental Proposal. Giving an amusing insight into the male psyche, Matt has also written about life, love, and relationships for The Times and the Guardian, plus a number of magazines. www.mattdunn.co.uk

Kate and Matt’s latest titles will be available for sale, courtesy of the Brick Lane Bookshop.


The evening will be compered by Bim Adewunmi. Bim is a freelance journalist and writer whose work has been published in The Guardian among many others. She also writes a blog about popular culture and handsome men at www.yorubagirldancing.com.



Meet our short story competition winners!

Rob Ganley lives in London with his wife and son, and they escape when they can in a campervan. He’s a magazine editor by day, and his short stories have appeared in print, online and in audio at leading independent lit names such as Liars’ League and Litro. He’s now at work on his second novel.


Deborah Frances-White is a stand up comic best known for her West End show How to Get Almost Anyone to Want to Sleep With You. She sold her first screenplay – The Wedding Pact - to Fox Searchlight in Hollywood and now has a commission with the BBC for a sitcom called Blaggers and a deal with Bloomsbury for a book about comedians called Off the Mic.


Want to come along?

The event is £5 for members, £6.50 for non-members (MOTD). For advance tickets please email Jessica Atkinson or call 0207 373 6642 to make a card payment.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.


Event schedule
Start Time: 
7.30pm (doors at 7pm)
Cost for Members: 
Cost for Non-Members: 


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