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The next Salon will be on 14 October. The topic will be ‘Fostering New Writing’. What helps new writers and new writing? How do competitions, publishing outlets, magazines or the internet help? What do you get from workshops, bookshops, an MA, a mentor, a publishers and an agent? We hope to bring together these different perspectives together and share ideas. The next Salon will also announce the winners of the Wasafiri New Writing competition.

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You can now download the stories and poems from the Deadhouse. See blogroll or go to http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/literature/1267.asp

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Saturday 15 May was a historic day under the courtyard. For the first time since it was built 200 plus years ago, poems and stories were read out below the waterpipes making their mark on the buried stone. Pauline Melville read us a ghost story starting from Blackfriars Bridge; Mimi Khalvati read a sequence of poems that brought the images and sounds of the river into that subterranean world; Jamie brought Dickens there turning his prose into a poem and then took us an journey, following Dante’s gaze, from underground to the heavens ending with a poem on Uranus; finally I read the story of Richard Gladwell coming as a boy to work in Somerset House in the early nineteenth century and dreaming of escaping to sea, a precursor to my next novel. The audience was great and the atmosphere down in the Dead House wonderful.

The readings were repeated later in the afternoon and will be put on the website soon for others to hear. Listen and then go down there and remember them as the bells ring for the River Soundings installation.

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I started as Writer in Residence at Somerset House a couple of months ago. Today we have our first project. A writing workshop for ten young people from the Refugee Council. I’ll be meeting them in about an hour

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