Once more, literature happened at the Gunmaker’s Arms, with the Books & Beer: ’Tippling Tales’ event – fiction about science from local writers in honour of James Watts, washed down with some of Birmingham’s best beers.
New Street Authors were well represented, being three out of six of the authors reading – and the event was ably compered by AA Abbott
New Street Authors’ David Wake kicked off the evening with near-future science fiction; having discovered that writing a car-chase with autonomous cars is really boring because they’re so safe, he decided instead to write a car chase with an actual human driver aided and abetted by an intelligent phone. To find out what happens next, you need to read David’s book I, Phone.
Next up was Brum radio’s Philip Ellis, whose short story radio show is about to become a podcast, read one of his own stories – exactly ten minutes long about the possibilities of VR and the meaning of life.
Third up was David Middleton. David writes eco-thrillers; he read from his third novel The Hwanung Solution (due to be launched at Waterstones in Birmingham on 7th November) about two intrepid geophysicists. If you want to know the explanation for the holes currently appearing in the Siberian tundra, get hold of the book!
A break for appreciation of real ale (really made next door at the Two Towers Brewery in some cases) and coffee for those who are less than enamoured of ale (real or otherwise) followed.
Martin Tracey led off after the interval with an extract from his supernatural thriller Mind Guerrilla. This was another car chase, this time at a more traditional speed (i.e., very fast), but also incorporating Martin’s love of music and Birmingham. He had an explanation of how it was related to the science theme of the evening which was convincing at the time…
Tim Franks followed Martin; Tim is a member of Writing West Midlands’ Room 204. He read from his current work in progress, a dark political thriller about an unfortunately recognisable future Britain. When the main character finds a body in a Birmingham canal, that’s precisely accurate. A body only – no limbs, no head. We await the finished work with interest!
AA Abbott finished the evening with a bang, reading from her newest crime thriller, The Grass Trail, which features gangsters, vodka, poison pen letters, and a miracle cancer cure (that’s the science part!) all wrapped up into a sexy thriller – to be launched on 19th July, so see you at the party!