Creative Writing Course 26 Sep – 21 Nov Hud Saunders

We are privileged to host again, a Creative Writing Course with Hud Saunders

The course will run between 26 September and 21 November 2017, 7pm-9pm, on subsequent Tuesday nights It is an 8 week course with a break on 24 October.

Cost: £160 (Please contact the Bookshop for payment details)

Please note places are limited to a maximum of ten participants, so please book early to secure a place.

Have you ever wondered about writing but felt unsure of how to start?
Do you write on your own but need some feedback?  Are you an experienced writer looking for ways to develop your skills? This fun
and inspiring course will provide stimulating and thought-provoking exercises and prompts to get you started, along with lots of
constructive advice. Ideal for both beginners and experienced writers.

Participants only need to bring a pen and something to write on.

In 2003 Hud Saunders graduated from editing film scripts to writing
screenplays – his first film, ‘Brothers in Arms’, written for Moulin
Rouge producer Martin Brown, was followed by several screenplays,
alongside the role of creative consultant on both of 1 Giant Leap’s
Grammy nominated movie documentaries. His first novel ‘The Beasts of
Belmont Park’ was published by The Pigeonhole in 2015.

Hud has been teaching creative writing since 2010. He taught the
highly successful ‘Writer’s Garret’ course at Lauderdale House from
2013-2015 and has run workshops and writing courses for groups and
advertising agencies.

Testimonials about the course at The Bookshop

“I found Hud’s course inspirational – to the point that a piece
written as an exercise during the course has become the basis of a
novel.  I am also giving up the day job and taking a Masters course in
writing. Doesn’t get better than that!” John Rodgers

“I highly recommend Hud’s creative writing course. If you’ve never
done any creative writing and are feeling a bit nervous about doing so
– take the plunge at The Bookshop!” Francesca Warner

“I also enjoyed the classes, finding them great fun as well as a
learning experience, and offering encouragement to all!” Judy

Testimonials from other venues

“I learned that starting to write isn’t as difficult if you let your
mind free and write whatever. If you start with setting yourself
limits and boundaries you won’t get anywhere.”- Peter Konick

“It was great to just let go and write for a change. Being a
copywriter I’m so used to having rules to stick to, or tone of voices,
but with this course I could kind of just write whatever came into my
head.  I thought Hud was great, really enthusiastic and could find
positive things in what everyone had written.”- Amy Westbrook,
Creative, YKCR/Y&R

“I was inspired to write more, Hud was very good and very encouraging.”- Anna-Marie Holub

Contact details:

The Bookshop (OffSide Books)

92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn, NW6 7TA, Kilburn


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Poetry of Many Worlds – Wed 6 September 7pm

Once again, on Wednesday 6th September at 7pm, we host the next evening of ‘Poetry of Many Worlds’ at Offside Books on Willesden Lane. As before we are extremely to Brian Lee for organising this event.

The theme for the first half of the evening will be Children: poetry for
children, poetry about children, nonsense poetry (Edward Lear, Lewis
Carroll, Spike Milligan etc), humour and general silliness accompanied by
tea and biscuits.

The second half of the evening will be up to you!

£3 entrance – includes free refreshment.

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Poetry of Many Worlds – Wed 2nd August 2017

Next Wednesday 2nd August is the next evening of ‘Poetry of Many Worlds’ at Offside Books on Willesden Lane

The theme for the first half of the evening will be:  Poems about or in response to events in the world.
For example, we have all been touched by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, but maybe there are other more positive events that touch us.
These can be your own poems or poems by ‘established’ poets.

Then the floor will be open for whatever you want to share – your new
discoveries or latest pieces – or just come and listen.

Just to remind you, the evening starts at 7pm, next Wednesday 2nd August at  Offside Books, 92 Willesden Lane, NW6 7TA.

Best regards


Another great night of poetry was enjoyed by a full house – Here’s Brian’s take on it, and what’s coming next time:

Hi Folks,

Well, that was an amazing evening. Thank you to all who read and to those
who listened.

Here are some of the pieces that were read on the theme of personal
responses to world events.
Shelley: The Mask of Anarchy (on the Peterloo Massacre)
Yeats: Easter 1916 (about the Easter Uprising in Ireland)
Elsa Corbluth: Dirge for St Patrick's Night (about a fire in a hostel in
Salusbury Road)
Jennifer Johnson read her piece Disconnection Reconnection on her
experience of the 7/7 bombings in London
Irene Kyffin read her piece Survivors about the Holocaust
Primo Levi: Shema (about Auschwitz)
Ben Okri: Grenfell Tower

But despite the gravity of the subjects it was, for me at least, an
uplifting evening. An important part of the poet's job is to bear witness
to the emotional truth of events and that requires honesty and strength.

Thank you all again. And thanks as ever to Offside Books and to Fatma for
looking after us and making us feel so welcome.

Also to mention the crowdfunding campaign that Fahd and Ibrahim are running
to raise money for their project for young people in Morocco.
Details here:
Do check it out.

And a date for your diary:
The next Poetry of Many Worlds evening will be on
Wednesday 6th September and the theme will be
Poetry for children, about children, nonsense and humorous poetry and silly

Have a good month and see you in September

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Meet the author – Miranda Gold

A local writer with Karnac Publishing, Miranda Gold will be talking about her first novel Starlings, at OffSide Books, 18 July 2017, at 7pm. Miranda Gold is a novelist and playright. Her play, Lucky Deck, has been selected for development and and performance. Starlings has also now been adapted for the stage.

It is descibed as “An extraordinary first novel that captures a damaged family with delicate brushstrokes, by turns sad, hopeful, and deeply compelling.”

Come and hear readings from the book Starlings by Miranda Gold and get your signed copy. Wine and nibbles for our loyal customers.




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Event review – Chiaroscuro by chetana. July 2 2017

Chiaroscuro by chetana. Published by Critical Documents.
ISBN 978-0-9791412-3-2

For an author, publishing your first book is like having your first baby. You’ve made it, it’s of you in the most intimate way. It marks a step in your life, so when they ask you, “Are you published?” you can answer, “Yes, I am!”

Che describes the publication of her first book of poems “Chiaroscuro” as a coming-of-age ritual – a phrase that an anthropologist would use to describe how, in a tribe, a young person becomes an adult, able to participate fully in the affairs of the tribe. For an author, it is the same. With your first book, you become an author, an authority. You have entered the magic world of print, you are part of a community of authors across the centuries. And a copy of your book is deposited in the British Library Legal Deposit Office in Wetherby for posterity.

On Sunday 2nd July 2017 we celebrated the launch of che’s book at the Bookshop on Willesden Lane, where she has been a regular contributor to the monthly poetry group: “Poetry of Many Worlds”. Che spoke about her background and how it informs one of the principal themes of her work: the sense of exile. How poetry is part of the process of defining oneself in an alien and not always welcoming land. She references Ursula Le Guin’s novel, “The Dispossessed” as a major influence on her thinking. She read us poems from her collection including “Executive Order 9066” about persons of Japanese ancestry who were interned in the US during World War 2. She read us “Ghosts of Nauru” which gives voice to the refugees on an island waiting to enter the promised land of Australia. She read us other more personal pieces about identity, about home, about friendship, about love.

With this publication, che shows us that she has found her voice as a poet and she uses that to give voice to those who have none. We look forward to hearing and seeing how her writing develops in future projects, and to holding other books of hers in our hands. May her book reach those who have need of the truth of her words.

Brian Lee
July 2017

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Juan’s Claws Screening 13 July

We are proud to host another intriguing film screening at Offside Books, on 13 July 2017 from 7pm.

This time it’s a short documentary about the determination of a man and his battle with an inherited disease – Friedreich’s Ataxia – that debilitates all muscles in the body. Working in between the genre of observational documentary and personal cinema, it follows Juan’s journey to the middle of the jungle along the Don Diego river, in the Sierra Nevada, Santa Marta – Colombia, one of his dreams for his fortieth birthday celebration.

The film is a reflection about the perception of time and a celebration of one man’s courage against all odds.

Entry: £6.00 includes drink and nibbles

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Poetry of Many Worlds 5 July 2017

Update: Another great night – here’s the feedback from Brian:

Hi Folks,

Thank you for making this evening so amazing!
Here is a list of some of the poems that were read:

Vasko Popa: Give me back my rags
Partaw Naderi: My voice
Sheenagh Pugh: Sometimes
Thomas Hardy: At Castle Boterel
Robert Lowell: Mother Marie Therese
James Windsor: Malcolm and The Angels

also recommended :
Gabriel Garcia Marquez : No one writes to the Colonel
JRR Tolkien ; Rivendell chapter from Lord of the Rings
Ursula K Le Guin: The Dispossessed, The Wizard of Earthsea,

Next month's Poetry of Many Worlds will be on Wednesday August 2nd.

The theme will be
Responses to world events (such as Grenfell Tower...)

See you then.

Best regards



Once again there is another evening of poetry on the first Wednesday of the month – 5th July at 7:00 at Offside Books, 92 Willesden Lane.

As per our esteemed host Brian Lee, the theme will be as follows:

Poems that help you, have helped you get through the dark times -
depression or inner crisis - or have helped you cope with what life has
thrown at you.

We all go there and hopefully we all come back stronger and ready to face
the world.

Looking forward to hearing what you come up with.

Also, if you like you can bring poems on other themes, or you are also
welcom to come and listen.
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Booklaunch July 2 2017 CHIAROSCURO

Offside books and ‘Poetry of many worlds’ take great pleasure in inviting you to the launch of CHIAROSCURO – a collection of poems by Chetana.

Chetana lives locally, and has enchanted attendees of our regular poetry meetups with her poems.  She is now launching a collection of her poems on Sunday 2 July at 3pm to 5pm.

Space is limited so RSVP to 020 7624 9340  or

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7 June 2016 Poetry of Many Worlds

Once again there is another evening of poetry next Wednesday 7th June at 7:00 at Offside Books, 92 Willesden Lane.

The theme this time is “Love and Lust”., and as before the night will be overseen by Brian Lee.

Please bring poems to share on this theme,
your own poems on any theme
or just come and listen

As before, the charge for entrance will be £3. Tea/refreshments will be served.

*** UPDATE  ***

Brian’s summary of the night..

Hi Folks,

A big thank you to all who came and shared and listened last night. So many
of the pieces that were read touched me and really moved me.

Here is a list of what I managed to catch of poems that were read:

William Blake - Never seek to tell thy love...
William Shakespeare - Let me not... (Sonnet 116)
Sir Thomas Wyatt - The lover sheweth how he is forsaken of such as he
sometime enjoyed.
Maya Angelou - Come and be my baby
Constantine Cavafy - The Mirror in the Hall
Rumi - The Lovers
Antonio Jacinto - Letter from a contract worker
Rhoda Janzen - Ras el Hanout
Samuel Beckett - Cascando
Pablo Neruda - Lovely one
Pablo Neruda - If you forget me
Derek Walcott - Adam's Song
Andrew Marvell - To his coy mistress
Rumi - The Turn dance in your blood (Inside water, a waterwheel...)
Reiko Iwano - An alien poet's struggle to make a poem in English

*The next evening will be on Wednesday 5th July at 7pm* at Offside Books,
92 Willesden Lane. Kilburn.

Theme to be announced!

*** Also for your diary : *Launch of Che's book 'Chiaroscuro*' ***
*Sunday 2nd July at 3pm* at the bookshop

More details closer to the date.

Have a good month

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Film screening – Food in Film

You are warmly welcomed for our  second film screening and discussion at the Bookshop (OffSide Books).


Thursday 25 May, at 7 pm 

Beauty should be edible, or not at all.’ Salvador Dali

Two short films using food and the idea of a meal as a means of poetic and playful explorations.

Food, 1992

By Jan Svankmajer


Jan Svankmajer is one of the most important contemporary filmmakers and artists, working in the medium of stop motion animation. His films explore tactility, viscerally, and often his deeper fascination with food. Here food and the act of eating is used as a metaphor for our contemporary consumer society, which devours everything.

Dinner for Deep Surface Divers, 2016

By Tereza Stehlikova

Can a dinner become the means of transportation into an inner world of the imagination? Two characters embark on a journey through a set menu.

The film is part of Stehlikova’s artistic research into evoking sensory impressions and embodied memory in film.

Entry: £6.00 includes drink and nibbles

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