Licorice launch and screening

Thursday, 27 February 2020 from 19:00 to 22:00

The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, London WC1N 1JD

Book Works and Bridget Penney present an evening of screenings, readings and music to launch Licorice her new novel, and the Interstices series.

Chalk, gorse, old coppice, redundant dew ponds, a crossroads formed by the intersection of an A road and an ancient fisherman’s track. A grisly story of infanticide, cannibalism and rough justice remembered on the map: local kids have dared and scared each other to run round ‘the witch’s grave’ since way back when. It‘s August. The rain shows no sign of stopping. Licorice, a reclusive middle-aged filmmaker, has only a brief window of opportunity to realise her long-cherished film project about the story of Nan Kemp.

Playing with well-worn horror tropes as events on the shoot spiral out of control, and the sense of unease grows, Licorice is an original and contemporary work exploring folk horrors both ancient and modern.

Bridget will be reading from Licorice, and will be joined with readings from Claire Makhlouf Carter and Timothy Thornton. We will also be screening a profoundly creepy public information film.

Licorice is the first book in a new fiction series, Interstices, which will be guest edited by Bridget Penney. Book Works and Bridget have put out an open call for submissions, which can be read here. The deadline for submissions is Monday 25 May 2020, at midnight GMT.

The event is free, but please register attendance at eventbrite.