I was the one of the lucky ones. In-Time were recruiting, my licence was clean, my knowledge of national highways was impeccable. As I charged through the rain and pushed my van to the limit of the law, I considered my fortune. To carry life, or the chance for life, was a privilege. Livers, kidneys – a heart once. A team of surgeons awaited my arrival, and a dying person relied on my concentration.
First time it really hit me, I was chasing down a long ball in the regular Friday night seven-a-side with a load of the lads from work. I had myself a ten-yard start on the bearded one from IT – no youngster himself – and he still got there in plenty of time to have a good think about how to pick out the runner in the box, and that was one-nil.
There was nothing at all I could do about it, and it hurt. I mean I knew I'd lost a yard or two, but ten? When did that happen? If there's one thing I don't want to be, it's a liability.
She has no memory of the accident itself. She remembers flicking her left turn signal and glancing in her rearview mirror, and then nothing until she found herself in a stopped car, sideways at the edge of the road to Lake Titicaca. I must get my daughter out, she thought.
NEE-NAW ... NEE-NAW ... No need to panic! That's just the ambulance delivering emergency supplies of stories to The Phoenix, Cavendish Square, in time for our August event.
If you're suffering from boredom, restlessness, post-holiday blues or simply an insatiable craving for entertainment, stand by for a transfusion of fresh fiction, featuring organ couriers, school bullies, Hollywood stunts, Government-sponsored witches, car crashes, and a man waking from an eight-year coma.
WINNING STORIES FOR ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY Fault Lines by Jennifer Steil *NEW AUTHOR* read by Louisa Gummer Comma Coma by Will Adam *NEW AUTHOR* read by Adam Diggle Problem Child by Phil Berry, read by Tony Bell Fool's Leap by Alan Graham, read by David Mildon His Shane McKenna Voice by Tom Ryan, read by Silas Hawkins Miscellaneous, Spooky, Weird by Liam Hogan, read by Carrie Cohen
As always, doors open at 7pm and your appointment begins at 7.30. Drinks and food of a distinctly non-NHS quality will be available at the bar, and the infamous interval quiz will feature fabulous free books to be won! Entrance is £5 on the door (cash only) and tables for 4 or more can be reserved by calling 07808 939535.
Thanks to our faithful fans' nominations we were shortlisted (along with four other eminent & excellent events) in the Best Regular Spoken Word Night category at the Saboteur Awards 2016! We didn't win (though congrats to Manchester's Bad Language, who did) but we certainly enjoyed the awards party cocktails ...
INTERVIEW ON THE STATE OF THE ARTS
In celebration of our one hundredth event, the fine folks over at thestateofthearts.co.uk interviewed us about the secret of Liars' League's longevity, here.
BEST REGULAR SPOKEN WORD NIGHT AT SABOTEUR AWARDS
We got nominated, we canvassed, we voted, we hoped, we prayed. Then we went down to Oxford - along with our publishing partners Arachne Press - for the Saboteur Awards and came away with a gong each! We won Best Regular Spoken Word Night 2014 and Weird Lies won Best Anthology.
LL IN GUARDIAN TOP TEN
Liars' League is one of The Guardian's 10 Great Storytelling Nights, according to the paper's go-out-and-have-fun Do Something supplement, that is. And they should know. The article is here and mentions several other live lit events well worth checking out.
ARTICLE ABOUT US IN WORDSWITHJAM
Journalist Catriona Troth came along to our Twist & Turn night, reviewed it and interviewed Katy, Liam, Cliff and author/actor Carrie. See what she said in her article for WordsWithJam here.
BUY OUR AUTHORS' BOOKS!
Longtime contributors Niall Boyce, Jonathan Pinnock & Richard Smyth all have books out which you'd be well advised to buy, then read, then buy for others. All genres are catered for, from novels (Niall's Veronica Britton) and short stories (Jonathan's Dot Dash) to nonfiction (Richard's Bumfodder)
KATY LIAR'S DEBUT NOVEL
Liar Katy Darby's debut novel, a Victorian drama called The Unpierced Heart (previously titled The Whores' Asylum) is now out in Penguin paperback. It's had nice reviews in The Independent on Sunday, Sunday Times & Metro (4*).
OUR INTERVIEW WITH ANNEXE MAG!
They came, they saw, they asked us a bunch of interesting questions. Interview by Nick of Annexe Magazine with Katy of LL: here