What a great day to end my scheduled sessions in the café before the big celebrations on 22nd Sept…a huge thank you to Chill Pill’s Ray Antrobus who came down to help inspire and even read one of his poems to a group of writers. And also thank you to other writers who came down especially to join us. We had a little hub of writers at one table passing round the books with many stories travelling further afield. Some wonderful long pieces in The Book of Memories and The Book of Time Travel in particular. After the first group left a group of young people took up the table and wrote in the books too. Great to see the young people who were very excited about seeing their picture writing in the books in the South London Press newspaper recently – if anyone has a copy please send it to me!
Some highlights in the books included a wonderful childhood memory about making things out of mud/clay in Nigeria, and a chap who had come in from a long cycle and had never been to the café before who took on the books with a cycling theme. One writer wrote a complete A-Z list in the Book of Favourite Things (it kept a group of us guessing about the x and z ones!). A lovely group where grandma said she had already been reading and writing in the books on previous days and her sweet little grand daughter was now writing the cutest things in them… very touching (see the Invented words book about a type of kangaroo). A lad let me read his piece to the group of writers at the table which made us swoon it was so moving.
I had some great discussions with people, especially after writing in Your Book where you have to list all the things that matter to you… from world peace, to passing exams, to quietly sitting in the sun and relishing when people say thank you to you…. you have to read them, the lists are varied and inspiring. You’ll be amazed what you find in the books … pop down to the Albany before the 22nd Sept and have a read (and a write) before they finish their residency in the café.
Thanks to Eva who is now bringing me much needed tea as I am typing up these notes and feeling tired but happy! I’m getting to know people in the café, some regulars, some people come back to do more. Charlotte has installed a book swap in one corner of the cafe – so get swapping! – it looks great too, gives the cafe a homey feel.
We’ll be reading extracts from the books and a selection of delectable poets who have been sharing their wares with Albany café folk over the last few weeks with me will read some of the cream of their work, and we have the wonderful and fabulously talented and funny John Hegley too –not to be missed… celebrate creativity with us
THE BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL LIES
Why do foxes chase rabbits?
Once apon a time foxes had bobtails and floppy ears and rabbits have neither. Foxes got too much in their lottery winnings an rabbits got nothing at all. On day a revolutionary rabbit decided to correct th balance and took the foxes’ bobtails and floppy ears and gave them to the rest of the rabbits. Since then rabbits have bobtails and floppy ears, and foxes now have to chase them to try and get the back!
Why don’t fish ride bikes?
Fish don’t ride bikes because a helmet totally doesn’t go with their fins.
They prefer to drive a car, usually a porche, rainbow coloured and chauffeur-driven with the top down
– Megan, Pam and Liz
THE BOOK OF TIME TRAVEL
I want to go to… my own country, UK, and my own city, London in the 60s. I don’t want to meet any famous people, just feel what life was like when London was at the centre of the cultural revolution. I’d to like have seen things like the contraceptive pill introduced and go shopping in (Biba? and ) Mary Quant etc! I’d bring back vintage fashions.
I would go way way back in time, before religion, and reset man’s stupid rules on women, mother nature, no wars, one god, one world, love and beloved, by any, all races, colours, women and men…all equal. Look up at the night skies, stars, planets, galaxies… the universe astronomy is past, present and future.
Captured and raptured
The crescent moon above
Star polarities glistening
Upon galaxies to
– Amanda (extract)
We learn of dinosaurs, jetpacks, Muddy Waters and worlds held on the back of reptiles carried by four elephants (see picture in the book!)
THE BOOK OF ENDINGS – Cinderella forgot to drop the slipper so what happens next!??
The prince runs after Cinderella and is unable to find her after searching the grounds of the palace. He sits on the steps of the palace, head in his hands and asks himself: what shall I do now? The prince was an awful procrastinator. He thought about whys and wherefores… should he pursue the woman of his dreams? Or perhaps is it meant to be that he would never find true happiness… he was also an awful pessimist. He sat there for hours deciding whether this was fate or just a minor hiccup. Eventually he went back inside the palace and got drunk; in his drunken haze he found a large woman with a hairy mole…. mmm quite attractive!!!
She thought that with all his means and resources he would find her. So he tried, he emailed her twice but unfortunately it went into her spam folder. Cinderella checks her spam folder monthly [guessing, can;t quite read word here] so she found the email from the prince just the day before gmail would have wiped the spam folder clean. She was about to click on it when her eyes were drawn by the email below offering multiple solutions as to how she could kick start her career. So during her house cleaning for the evil stepsisters she found the time to trade on the stock market. After only 6 months she became fabulously wealthy and moved into a palace estate of her own
– Jellyfish man
Cinderella leaves the building… she realises that life is not only about housework and marriage and she decides to leave the house of the evil stepsisters and mother and goes travelling around the world. On her way she meets Snow White and they go on a journey together to Europe – they see places, meet people, and have the time of their life for a few years, until they settle in the countryside and set up a sustainable farm. As for the prince, yes he met someone else, and they lived a long and happy life together
– Asha (did I read the name right?)
THE BOOK OF SUPERPOWERS
I would be Midas but everything I touch would turn to money – I would make the world happier by offering it about
My superpower would be to be Richard! 😉
My superpower would be to make us stop wishing for superpowers and realise how powerful we really are in our ordinary day to day lives
I would have the superpower of controlling the weather – I’d say the word for the weather I want and it would appear wherever in the world I want it. It would be for me to enjoy but I could also go to places where there is drought and also stop floods. I’d catch sunrays when I want to and help others do the same – I like to tink I bring a little sunshine into other people’s lives! I like to think that my company does that.
If I was a superhero I could save my world and save people and I would defeat the bad guys! And I wish I could make myself invisible so that people would think I’m cool! I would turn other things invisible!