We are excited to launch our new Readers’ Series to allow authors and readers to connect via bespoke online events.
With the lockdowns last year, closed bookshops and huge disruption in the book trade, our 2020 and 2021 books and other recent backlist titles have had a hard time reaching the wonderful readers who authors would normally connect with at live events and festivals. This is your chance to help us correct this in return for great evenings and a superb set of books into the bargain.
Each event will come with 3 lovely books (& 4 books for the ‘Come into my World’ event makiing 19 books for the full series) delivered in advance and at a discount with the live event as a free extra, so you can begin reading and come to the event full of questions.
You can subscribe for the whole series or choose just the fiction or just the poetry events for maximum discount or scroll down to opt in to indvidual events
Enjoy all of the poetry and fiction (19 books) plus 6 live events for £159
or choose the fiction/prose series with 10 books & 3 events for £84
or the poetry series with 9 books and 3 events for £75
or opt-in to individual events below:
The poetry of art — but do we need pictures?
Thursday 20th January 2022, 7.30 p.m. UK time
From ekphrastic poetry that strikes up a sideways relationship to works of art, often bouncing off it to produce new works that stand alone, to art books that integrate word and image, poetry and art have a fascinating relationship. Join a panel of authors discussing the poetry of art, both with and without images, and bring your questions for our three accomplished poets who approach the poetry of art in a variety of ways: Richard Douglas-Pennant (Esser Amato Amando), Nick Jones (Night Journey & Still Life) and Nigel Hutchinson (do not enter alarmed area).
Biography: are we making it up?
Thursday 24 March 2022, 7.30 p.m. UK time
Cinnamon publishes biographies that might be pure fiction, novels that might be true stories (whatever ‘true’ may mean) and memoirs that slip in and out of these permeable boundaries. Join our panel of three authors, David Batten (Rotterdam), Tracey Iceton (Rock God Complex: the Mickey Hunter story) and Helen May Williams (June) reading extracts from their work and discussing the relationship of lived experience and fiction with you.
Eco-poetry — rally cry or eulogy?
Thursday 28 April 2022, 7.30 p.m. UK time
As the world burns and water becomes an issue for more and more of the global population, what role do poets have in the ecological crises facing our planet and species? We’ll be exploring these and other questions with John Barnie (A Report to Alpha Centauri), Susan Richardson (Words the Turtle Taught Me) and Kay Syrad (what is near). Come with your doubts, ideas and hope and hear how our panel of engaged poets are contributing to this urgent arena.
But is it poetry? — writing poetry without lines
Thursday 14 July 2022, 7.30 p.m. UK time
At Cinnamon we love genres that slip between categories and challenge expectations. Prose poetry is a constantly contested area of writing and also one that is rich with possibilities for both narrative and lyricism. Join accomplished prose poets, Jan Fortune (Stale Bread & Miracles), Maria Jastrzębska (The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingénue), Jane Monson (The Shared Surface, This Line is Not for Turning and forthcoming: The Chalk Butterfly) to chew over definitions and ambiguities and to hear some fine examples of the form.
Come into my world
Thursday 1 September 2022, 7.30 p.m. UK time
Novelists create whole worlds, sometimes ‘realistic’, sometimes fantastical, but always taking us into the lives of others. Join Mark Godfrey (The River Reflects), Omar Sabbagh (Via Negativa), and Carole Strachan (The Truth in Maquerade, A Song of Thyme and Willow) to explore how characters and their concerns suggest themselves to writers and the worlds that evolve around these characters. Listen to extracts and join the discussion.
Tell me a story
Thursday 1 December 2022, 7.30 p.m., UK time
Being read to is one of the most wonderful parts of childhood and increasingly adults are realising how solacing and important it is to hear stories as well as immersing in them through books. Gather round our virtual fire for winter tales and lively discussion of the short-story form with two of Cinnamon’s finest short story writers, Adam Craig (High City Walk & Marietta Merz) and Isabelle Llasera (Smog)