On the 5th of November, Matthew Wake welcomed the Geneva Writers' Group in his popular English-language bookshop BooksBooksBooks in the heart of Lausanne. There were drinks and nibbles (courtesy of Adrienne Hahne, Caroline and Matt), a friendly atmosphere and delightful literary conversations, all in a book-lined decor.
For Bonfire Night, Offshoots 13 editor-in-chief Caroline Thonger, ably assisted by poetry editor Adrienne Hahn and fiction editor Jenny Bew Orr, selected a series of fun and provocative readings.
The small but perfectly-formed audience heard flash non-fiction by Rayya Liebich (read by Caroline), short stories by Bill Lloyd and Alan McCluskey, dark flash fiction by Jason Donald, a touching memoir by Valerie Harrison, a poem by Patti Marxsen (read by Adrienne), a short story with a twist by Santwana Kar, excerpts of creative non-fiction by Marina Sofia and Sylvia Petter's short story (read by Caroline).
Big thanks to the host and organisers, contributors and of course the supportive audience without whom this could not have taken place!
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