By Shona Jackson
New beginnings are auspicious. There’s something cathartic about drawing a line, wiping the proverbial slate clean, firmly penning a full stop before a new sentence begins. It’s a time when possibilities seem to unfurl, and the mundanity of the everyday thaws, leaving in its wake a bright new landscape brimming with ‘what if’s’. A new year is a new chapter. It’s a creative threshold of transition, redefinition. And what better way to welcome in a new beginning than with new stories?
On the 8th of January meander along King Street at say, 7pm, and ease open the door of Waterstones. Follow the soft lull of voices amidst the bookshelves, take a drink, take a seat and prepare for an engaging literary evening with our accomplished writers…
Born and raised in the North West, Rachel McCarthy is an esteemed poet, whose recent collection Element was awarded the Laureate’s Choice 2015. Alice Oswald describes her work as ‘strong interesting poems, full of tension and symmetry. They are alive.’ A senior climate scientist with the Met Office, Rachel’s poetry uses the lens of science to examine human life with poignant clarity. Her work is an intriguing intersection, blurring the all too prevalent binary between the arts and science.
Philip Caveney holds a cherished place in many family bookshelves as author of the Sebastian Darke adventure series and the Alex Devlin mysteries. His book ‘A Night On Terror Island’ won the Oldham Schools Brilliant Book Award. Philip’s novels are favourites among children and adults alike, with their innovative narratives and high-octane drama. His writing is diverse, charting the adventures of a failed jester, a young archeologist in 1920’s Egypt and a time travelling encounter with Robert Louis Stevenson.
Welcome in the New Year with a creative kick-start at the North West Literary Salon on the 8th of January at 7pm. Expect a night of live music, engaging readings, Q and A, and of course beverages and snacks. Reserve your free tickets here.