We are pleased to announce our first author talk since pre-pandemic times. On Tuesday 7th June at 7pm, we welcome Stourport-based novelist and poet Michael W. Thomas to give us some insights into ‘The Art and Craft of the Novella and Short Story’.

Michael’s talk will be illustrated with readings from his latest collection Sing Ho! Stout Cortez, and he will have copies for sale. Here’s a flavour of the diverse worlds skilfully depicted within this volume:

A Grenadian exile in England receives distressing word about an old friend, a much-troubled troubadour.  Thumbing through a photo album, a woman is ambushed by long-forgotten horrors.  Hernán Cortés and Grace O’Malley, conquistador and pirate queen, grant a builders-yard labourer an hour of improbable glory.  A young schoolboy drives into December darkness.  In the novellas and stories that make up Sing Ho! Stout Cortez, Michael W. Thomas gives eloquent voice to time and chance.  Old and young, his characters confront life-changing moments.  More, they make fresh discoveries about themselves, act in ways they would never have imagined, reshape their destinies or embrace whatever fate has in store.  From big picture to the smallest detail, these are compelling journeys through lives and places, studies of the human heart in all its richness.

All are welcome to come and meet Michael and learn more about this particular branch of literature. Please book a place by popping in or phoning us on 01384 872348 so we have an idea of numbers for refreshments, which are included in your £2 entrance ticket.