The Novel Nights and Cheap Imitation literary party

 Novel Nights is joining up with Cheap Imitation for a UK and USA literary salon event. We’ll feature genre and literary fiction, 15th century guitar music, absurdist literature, discussion on novel writing and fun. Tickets here

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The background: Grace Palmer set up Novel Nights seven years ago to bring writers together to share work, discuss and listen to guest authors. At our first Novel Nights Exeter event in October 2019, David Carstens from Exeter University was one of our readers. Now he’s back in the states and is launching a new literary journal, Cheap Imitation. We’re delighted to host a literary party with them. Cheap Imitation is now open for submissions.

Featuring British writers

David Lloyd is a writer based in Sidmouth. He writes short stories and his novel SILT 1941, is set in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay. He is co-creator of radio drama, Fish Out of Water. He co-hosts Novel Nights in Exeter and has an MA in Creative Writing from Exeter University. 

Fiona Blakemore was a family doctor for many years, before completing the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA in 2018. Her psychological thriller, Love Until it Hurts, was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit Bath Spa Prize and was independently published in 2019. You can buy Love Until it Hurts from the Novel Nights bookshelf

Sophie Draper is has published two novels: Cuckoo and MagpieCuckoo won the Bath Novel Award 2017 and the York Friday Night Live award 2017. Cat and Mouse is her third novel. Cat and Mouse is a psychological thriller that follows a small group of hikers forced to identify the stalker in their midst. Cat and Mouse is loosely based on a mediaeval dilemma tale set in Lud’s Church, an extraordinary rocky chasm surrounded by ancient forest on the border between Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The excerpt chosen is the prologue, where two characters are trapped underground in a flooded cave, and one of them has to make a choice.

Martin Reeve is an actor who also records audio books. He lives on Dartmoor in Devon. The Glass Bead’ is a Young Adult fantasy. About a boy, Matt, who has crossed over to a world similar to his own, but closer to nature. Here he is being tested by the family who found him to see if he has brought any harm with him. It’s a kind of cleansing.

Kim Squirrell (O’Loughlin) Kim is a writer and artist. Her poetry has appeared in: ‘Poetry Review’, Riptide’, ‘Stand’, the Out of Bounds poetry anthology and British Library exhibition Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land. Her stories are included in the Dinesh Allirajah prize anthology and the Comma Press short story anthology ‘Resist’. The Storykeeper’s daughter is her first novel: an historical fiction set in pre- Roman Iron Age Dorset…a time when the vestiges of an ancient oral tradition are under threat of being extinguished forever.

Tom Mason is a writer from Wolverhampton, but now based in Bristol. His writing has appeared in collections from Bad Language, and he has performed his work at literature events and festivals including Sounds from the Other City, Lancaster Literary Festival and National Flash Fiction Day. He will read from his novel, The Grief Tree

Featuring the American writers


David W. Carstens is a writer, filmmaker, game designer, and the founder/director of Cheap Imitation. He was the recipient of the Democracy Scholar political theory grant by the Ohio-based political think-tank The Center for the Study of American Democracy, and his short story A Girl and Her Mother received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s Nov/Dec 2018 Family Matters Short Story Contest.

Claire Oleson is a queer writer hailing from Grand Rapids, MI. She’s a 2019 graduate of Kenyon College, where she studied English and creative writing. Her work has been published by the Kenyon Review online, the University of Kentucky’s graduate literary journal, Limestone, the LA Review of Books, and Newfound Press, among others. She is the 2019 winner of the Newfound Prose Prize. Her chapbook, Things from the Creek Bed We Could Have Been, is available for purchase here. She currently lives and works in NYC.

Cole Adams is a guitarist and composer/arranger who is currently pursuing a BBA in Economics with a minor in Music from The University of North Texas. His favorite genres include Jazz, Neo-Soul, and Minimalism. His other interests include cycling, video games, and making weird sounds on synthesizers.

There will be three slots for community readings. Visit Cheap Imitation for more information about their literary journal

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