New Beginnings: Stories, Music, and Q&A

In-Person Event • London
5 October 2021

Join us at the Crazy Coqs for an evening of short stories and musical performances.

New Beginnings: Stories, Music, and Q&A

In-Person Event • London

5 October 2021 Tuesday 11:00 LA 14:00 NY 19:00 UK

WORDTheatre hosts its signature Actor/Author series where great stories are brought to life by great actors with the authors in the room.

Danny Sapani (Black Panther, Penny Dreadful) will step into a period love story by Kit de Waal; Jonathan Tel, winner of the Sunday Times Short Story Prize, shares a love story set in China performed by Selina Lo (Boss Level, The Scorpion King).  Featuring Derek Nash on saxophone and Paul Cook on piano. Performances are followed by a short Q&A with Kit de Waal and Jonathan Tel.

Sunday, October 3rd at 3 PM
The Crazy Coqs
20 Sherwood Street,
London, W1F 7ED

Tickets are £23. You will not receive physical tickets, but your name will be on a list at the Box Office.

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Selina Lo | Danny Sapani

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Kit de Waal | Jonathan Tel

Kit de Waal is a British-Irish author whose novels and short stories have earned her wide critical acclaim and countless awards. Before beginning her writing career, Kit worked in criminal in family law, specializing in adoption and foster care. Her debut novel My Name is Leon was published in 2016; it won the Irish Novel of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize. Her other novels include The Trick to Time and Becoming Dinah. Kit’s short fiction has earned her the Bath Short Story Award, the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize, and the SI Leeds Literary Prize Reader’s Choice. She published her short story collection, Supporting Cast, and edited the anthology Common People, a collection of essays, memoirs, stories, and poems by working-class writers. Kit de Waal is an outspoken advocate of increased inclusivity in the literary and publishing world, and in 2016, she established the Kit de Waal Creative Writing Scholarship for writers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Jonathan Tel is an award-winning British novelist and short story writer. Jonathan studied theoretical physics at Stanford University and Cambridge, earning a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science. His work is as international in its settings as it is in its acclaim. He has published four books: the short story collections The Beijing of Possibilities and Arafat’s Elephant, the novel Freud’s Alphabet, and the novel-in-stories Scratching the Head of Chairman Mao. His short stories have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and Prospect. He is the winner of the prestigious Sunday Times EFG Fiction Award, as well as the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the VS Pritchett Prize from the Royal Society of Literature. Jonathan was also selected as a 2012 Creative Writing Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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