Guest Post #2 Keith Large
Officially, this is now a series of guest posts (two months in a row, what more do you want, eh?). The irrepressible Keith Large sends us a recent interview (the interviewer’s name escapes me) which details a number of events that have put him on the map in the past few months. In fact the ADC theatre are reading another of his plays (see my review of Carrot Nappers on this very blog). And yes, he has roped me into playing a werewolf. For LOROS. Bloody hell! All yours, Keith:
MEET THE EVENTS MAN
If I asked you what Britain’s first female fast jet pilot, Princess Diana’s brother and the fastest man in the world all had in common…apart from they’ve written books… answer they’ve all been speakers at events organised by Leicestershire writer Keith Large.
You might have thought for a man who’s enjoyed two sell out plays of his own in the last 3 months he might have retired from promoting his famous friends.
‘Not a chance,’ he tells me. ‘ I love promoting other people. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing people I really believe in do well.’
‘So what forthcoming events have you lined up?’
‘Two I’m really excited about. As much as any event that’s gone before. The first is
on Saturday 30th January at the Leicester Guildhall at 6.30p.m. It’s to raise money for LOROS, The Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice. I first became involved in the marvellous work they do when I introduced Earl Spencer to representatives of LOROS at a writers evening I organised with him at Althorp. The following year he was guest speaker at their annual LOROS Ladies Luncheon which raised £9,000 for the hospice. I also got some more of my writing friends to help with raising money for them in other ways including the very successful book tour with Northants authors Judith Allnatt and Sue Moorcroft. The event at The Guildhall is the biggest yet in terms of how many writers are involved. It’s primarily an evening of writers performing their work but we’ve a couple of very special guest actresses involved.’
Knowing Keith maybe someone from the recent Golden Globe awards.
‘Better,’ he replies. We’ve film and stage actress Genevieve Cleghorn who appeared in Keith’s highly rated comedy ‘Carrot Nappers’ and Marisa Spiteri from LOROS making her acting debut as part of her ‘Challenge Marisa series’ for LOROS.
‘What about the writers?’
‘Some you will have heard of and some you’ll be hearing a lot more about in the future.’
‘Shall we start with the big names?’
‘Every writer is a big name to me. I love writers and anybody who’s got the courage to produce work and get it out there for the world to judge has got my respect.’
‘So you’re not going to give us any clues who’s appearing?’
‘I know Dan you’re trying to get me to name drop. Stephen King is he a big name?’
‘You’ve never got him to come?’
‘No, but there’ll be an author there on the night who’s won The World Fantasy Award as many times as him. There’ll also be a lady there who’s books last year were the most borrowed in Northamptonshire libraries and a man who won The Daphne Du Maurier short story competition when it was the biggest short story competition in the world.’
‘And you’re not saying who they are?’
‘No, you’ll have to come along to find out.’
‘It sounds like a great night full of talent.’
‘And fun, It’s not about egos and people taking themselves seriously. It’s for a vital charity and we want to put a smile on people’s faces. Especially Dan when you have a go at acting.’
‘I know somehow I’ve landed a part of playing a Werewolf on the night.’
‘There’s also a chance for some audience participation on the night. as well as some pre-event participation.’
‘What does the pre-event involve?’
‘We want people to send a spooky/horror poem along with a £2 donation by cheque payable to ‘LOROS’ and the best three chosen will be read out on the night by Graham Joyce and will receive a prize as well.
Entries to Marisa Spiteri,
‘Also we’ll be launching a post event short story competition for LOROS. Can’t you tell we love writing competitions. Top Leicestershire writer Keith Morley has kindly agreed to donate a first prize of £100 to the competition winner with cash prizes also for second and third. More details on the night.
‘So how do people get tickets for this night?’
‘Tickets are £10 including wine and nibbles and are available by contacting LOROS fund raising on 0116 231 8431 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
‘And finally Keith your own writing is going great at the moment. A new play called ‘Every Vote Counts’ starring American actor Steve Kantor who I believe has been e-mailing some of his famous friends including Billy Zane to promote your play and you’ve recently won a national short story competition with ‘The Tisbech Terror’.
But do you think it will always be ‘Carrot Nappers’ that people will remember you for?’
‘Whatever happens in the future, ‘Carrot Nappers’ will always be special. I remember listening to an author who had one really famous book moaning that all people wanted to talk to him about was that one book and none of his other work. I’ll never tire of ‘Carrot Nappers’ because on stage a great cast made it the very thing it was to write…FUN!
‘Talking of fun, you’ve an author visiting Loughborough College on Wednesday 24th March 2010 for an evening guaranteed to be full of laughs.’
‘That’s another night I can’t wait for. We’ve the brilliant Jane Wenham-Jones travelling up from Kent for an after dinner speaker evening. We’ve already sold tickets to writers from as far as Peterborough and South Shropshire for this event.
We’ve ladies staying overnight in hotels for this night, but that might be because they’ve found out who the compere is.’
‘Have you read many of her books?’
‘ Yes, my fave is One Glass Is Never Enough, closely followed by Perfect Alibis. She’s my kind of writer. Like ‘The Carrot Nappers’… she’s full of FUN!
‘A night not to be missed.’
‘Only the sober and boring won’t be there. Check out the what’s new link on her website it has details of how to book.’