The authors whose work we heard were George Saunders (performed by Jason Hewitt) and Sarah Butler (performed by Gaye Poole). The evening was adeptly introduced and concluded by Sarah Franklin.The first and last stories, by George Saunders, were about dysfunctional American families and relationships. The actor, Jason Hewitt, had a very impressive American accent and set the scenes within the stories well. Saunders writes thought provoking, somewhat dark pieces surrounding lower class American families. These stories, also, concerned different ways of loving someone. Although amusing at times, they were really quite poignant.
Sarah Butler's story was very well read by Gaye Poole. It considered the ending of a relationship, moving on from the past and contained some particularly effective imagery. I enjoyed the particular style of her writing and the story's conclusion.The evening ended with a Question and Answer session with Sarah Butler as her debut novel 10 Things I Know About Love is published next week. She gave a short outline of the plot and explained how she became a writer. Sarah was personable and friendly, inspiring others to also write. Her new novel certainly sounded very interesting and after listening to her short story tonight, I would be intrigued to read it.
Short Stories at the Old Fire Station runs every month, is only £5 for a ticket and was a lovely way to spend a cold January evening. In addition to the excellent entertainment, it is also possible to drink wine, enjoy cookies and buy the books of the authors attending. I would like to attend again and would thoroughly recommend the experience overall.