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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Writer in the Window


Saturday saw the beginning of the second Everybody’s Reading Festival in Leicester, a celebration of books, reading and live performances that aim to get the people of Leicester reading.  Over nine days there is much going on, and ‘Writer in the Window’ is one of many events taking place all over the city.

So what’s it all about? On Saturday I caught up with talented Leicestershire Playwright, Keith Large, the first of several writers to sit in Waterstones window, penning prose for two hours over lunch time each day. I asked him what on earth he was doing wearing a kilt, sporran and t-shirt emblazoned with ‘Laughs from Leicestershire’ here is his response.

‘I was invited to launch the festival ‘Writer in the Window’ in Waterstones Highcross shopping centre, and thought I’d better dress up!’

‘Why a kilt though?’

‘I bought the kilt in Edinburgh earlier this year, when my play, ‘Everything But an   Astronaut’ ran for eight shows and performed to a full house, it brought me great success. I wanted to write a new play, and thought I’d sit here in style.’

 ‘Were you given any prompts on what to write?’

‘Only a single word - I wanted my session to be live and spontaneous, hence why I started with a fresh new writing pad, a stack of pens, and a decent supply of chocolate to keep me motivated.’

‘I imagine you attracted a lot of attention?’

‘Yes it was fantastic, a lot of people wanted to talk about books, but also about writing.’



‘Do you think you got a new play out of it?’

‘Very much so, I soon got into the zone, and the words flowed.’

‘And will it lead onto anything?

‘Possibly a return to the Edinburgh Festival, we'll have to see.'

‘I must ask, what was the word?’

‘The word was ‘Road’ inspired by a famous actor I worked with a couple of years ago. He informed the cast and myself in a rehearsal, ‘what happens on the road, stays on the road’ I thought, I can’t guarantee that, but it had to be the title for today’s two hours ‘Writer in the Window’ slot.’

‘Finally Keith, have you got any words of wisdom for writers out there?’

 ‘I was given the following advice by Bead Roberts, my favourite writing tutor. I’ve never forgotten. ‘To make it in writing you need the three ‘T’s’ Timing, Talent, and Tenacity.’

‘Thank you Keith.’

Everybody’s Reading Festival continues for the rest of this week in Leicester. Details of the events can be found here.

For more information about Keith and his many successes go here.

Maybe you’ve written in unusual situations, or perhaps ‘Writer in the Window’ has inspired you to try something different, please let us know by leaving a comment or a question.