A night of real life stories on the theme of journals –
The launch of Suffolk Festival of Ideas
Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds
With this year’s festival themed on stories, the launch night saw Katie Bonna, Joe Dunthorne, Angus Dunican and writer-in-residence Molly Naylor take to the stage for an evening of real-life story-telling that mirrored the famous Moth events of New York.
The event also marked the distribution of 100 artist-made journals across shops, cafes and public spaces in Bury St Edmunds, giving people the chance to write, draw or photograph their story of Bury St Edmunds ahead of the festival weekend in October.
Molly Naylor is a writer and performer. She is the co-writer and creator of After Hours (broadcast on Sky 1 in November 2015), a six-part comedy series directed by Craig Cash. She has been commissioned by theatres and organisations including BBC Radio 4, Sky TV, The Royal Shakespeare
Company, Creative England, The Bush Theatre, Writers Centre Norwich, Oxford Playhouse and Battersea Arts Centre. Her first solo show, Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 to critical acclaim. Her adaptation of the show for BBC Radio 4 was described by the Guardian as ‘a brave, funny, tough and beautiful piece of writing’. Her second live show My Robot Heart sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012. She has performed her stories and poems at numerous festivals and events including Latitude festival, Glastonbury, Palabra y Musica and the Edinburgh Book Festival. Her essays and poems have been published in Rialto, Grazia and The Independent. She is currently working on a graphic novel, a feature film and her first poetry collection.
Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, was translated into sixteen languages and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second novel, Wild Abandon, won the Encore Award 2012. A pamphlet of his poems was published by Faber and Faber.
Katie Bonna is an award-winning performance poet, actress and writer for stage and screen. Dirty Great Love Story, co-written with Richard Marsh, won a Fringe First Award at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she was also nominated for Best Actress by The Stage. The play went on to run at Soho Theatre and in New York at 59E59 Theaters in 2013. She is a resident with live literature collective Homework and performs regularly at spoken word nights across the country.
Katie is currently developing a TV series with Wildgaze films as well as her first one woman stage show, All The Things I Lied About, for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.
The Suffolk Festival of Ideas 2016 Launch was kindly supported by councilor Mark Ereira-Guyer