PLU Open Mic – World Book Night 2015
The beautiful weather holding up and the terrace packed with spring revelers this week’s World Book Night, Paris Lit Up was jam-packed with talent, motivated by the PLU IOU-backed promise of free books!
Unfortunately, due to technical issues, no photographic evidence of this wild night was captured, but that doesn’t stop the conspiracy theorists positing that it went a little something like this:
Regular reading raconteur René opened the proceedings with a commercial for marriage-saving cruises, while Chronos let profound words drip forth from My nervous mouth.David explained that They don’t tell the truth, these books I read, while Jordan celebrated the fact that Every day is my birthday, a new song from his upcoming album Teenage Eschaton. Scott brought a camera crew in for a very personal reading, explaining his upcoming film about school shootings and struggles with mental illness, and PLU pillar Bill returned to us with three wonderful works: Stars fall, Dope Deal, and Chimpanzee. Estelle unveiled her wondrous voice to sing out two songs, one without a title, and one named What’s wrong?, and virgin Bruno showed his thespian side with the famous “Now is the winter of our discontent” monologue from Shakespeare’s Richard III. PLU host and honcho Jason was peer-pressured into reading another of his fantastic Gherasim Luca translations, entitled Dream in Action, while Constant informed us of the comparative joys to be found in other people’s cancer. Cheery. Finally, Harbinger of the Abyss Steve gave us another taste of the long-haul trucker life, in a visit into the platonic stripclub of nowheresville U.S.A which left us in need of a beer/cig/chat-based mouthwash before heading back in for round 2!
Le 7eme art was front-and-centre in round 2 as budding PLU documentarist Maria presented her short film A Une Passante, while Bibi brought us a song to heal the world and love our bodies featuring Estelle. Virgin Flavie charmed us with a song from As Animals Ghost Gunfighters, and Elisa sung us the musical component to her new novel, a dream musician’s ballad. Jovan brought his haversack of adverbs on an ADVENTURE! through La Petite Ceinture, inspiring virgin Ben to read us some quiet poems and the Epic of buddhist demiurge Aeolus.
Finally, to bring a fitting end such a powerhouse of a round, Ethan brought his most impressive of a-games to throw our constructed identities in our faces with Do you remember who you were yesterday?, while Kate bared her soul and shared the deeply personal story of How I really really tried to lose my virginity… powerful words from one of PLU’s beloved poetic power-couples, getting us in the mood for round 3.
Round 3: Hic Sunt Dragones
The break wrapped up, the dragons came out, and king of the winged beasts DRNB roared his melodic roar with his classic As long as you’re with me, preparing the deck for virgin dragon Quincy to unveil the arcana before our eyes and let the magic of the tarot enchant us. The stage set, virgin Marcus blew us away with a stunning fireball of slammed-up poetry, calling us out and getting us on our feet, as his Poetic Reform Party asked us Shall We Begin?. Finally, Charlotte ripped the “Hamster Wheel of the Work World” apart with her nature red in tooth and claw, sending us rioting out into the night to celebrate the end of such a literary feast!
Paris Lit Up is delighted to be officially participating in World Book Night 2015! This means that 20 lucky readers who participate at the event will receive a free book!
Everyone who reads at Paris Lit Up Open Mic at Culture Rapide will receive a copy of one of two special edition books, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce or Chickenfeed, by Minette Walters! and we will keep you entertained for the evening with a feast of poetry, prose, song, dance and whatever other random things might happen. Bring some Shakespeare or Cervantes to share if you like!
What is World Book Night?
World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed World Book Night books in their communities to share their love of reading. Each year we recruit 20,000 volunteers to hand out 20 copies of their favourite book from our list to members of their community who don’t regularly read. By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading in the hope that we can start them on their reading journey. In addition World Book Night distributes half a million books directly to the hardest to reach potential readers in prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered, supported and social housing, the homeless and through partner charities working throughout the UK. World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: it’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways, through the sharing of stories.
Why April 23rd?
April 23 is a symbolic date for world literature. It is both the birth and death day of Shakespeare, as well as the death day of Cervantes, the great Spanish novelist. It is in their honour that UNESCO appointed it the international day of the book and that we choose it to celebrate World Book Night. April 23rd also marks the city of Barcelona’s celebration of St George’s Day. St George is the patron saint of Catalonia as well as England and traditionally, to celebrate this day, Spanish gentlemen gave their ladies roses and the ladies returned the favour with a book. Considering the rich literary history of this day, it seemed more than fitting that April 23rd should be chosen as the day of celebrating reading and the giving of books!
The Gifted Books
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.
Harold is a modern pilgrim on an epic journey that makes little sense to anyone but himself. His odyssey in yachting shoes across A-roads, through back gardens and via service stations has a noble mission at its heart and his journey will make new readers laugh and cry. This book was chosen by our 2014 volunteers as one of the 20 books they recommend to get people to love reading, which is why it’s on our list. We’d urge you to pass it on.
Based on the true story of the ‘chicken farm murder’ which took place in Blackness, Crowborough, East Sussex in December, 1924. Norman Thorne was found guilty of the murder of Elsie Cameron, but even at the time of his execution there were doubts about his guilt. Still swearing his innocence, Norman Thorne was hanged on 22 April 1925.
Bestselling author Minette Walters brings a thrilling story to life in this gripping short novel, written for the Quick Reads series. Winner of the Quick Reads Readers’ Favourite Award.
Quick Reads are short, brilliant books bestselling authors written to be easy to read, and Chickenfeedis as grippingly unputdownable as they come. It’s based on the true but mysterious story of the ‘chicken farm murder’ of 1924, and has at its centre the sad and dramatic affair between the accused and the victim.