Poetry, music and readings at cinema

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A monthly series of readings, talks and performances at the Electric Palace cinema in Hastings Old Town kicks off from Wednesday (February 19).

The Reality Street Live series features authors, together with guest writers, musicians and artists.

Star of the show on Wednesday is Philip Terry, author of Tapestry, an extraordinary novel retelling the story of the Norman Conquest from the view of the Bayeux Tapestry’s English embroiderers. He will read from the novel and from other recent work. Also on the bill is Ken Edwards, Reality Street’s publisher, who will read from his collection of fictions Down With Beauty and, together with Elaine Edwards on flute and accordion, perform an adapatation of his prose poem Bardo. Ken and Elaine are also co-founders of band The Moors.

The second Reality Street Live event, on March 19, will feature Christopher Priest, acclaimed author of several novels, including The Prestige, which was made into a film in 2006, who will talk about his work; Paul Green, locally-based writer of poetry, fiction and drama, and jazz/free improvising alto and soprano saxophonist Trevor Watts, who will perform solo.
 The third and final event, on April 23, will feature poet Denise Riley, and Richard Makin, writer, poet and artist based in St Leonards. All events begin at 8pm and admission is £5. To book visit www.electricpalacecinema.com.