Listings: Jun 2011

All May and June: The Rebel Dining Society’s ‘The Green Hour’ Dinner, £40
The Rebel Dining Society returns with the second instalment of The Green Hour, an exciting collaboration with Pernod Absinthe. Top mixologists will each star at a dining event offering guests a mixology master-class and a cocktail matched five-course meal that showcases the latest molecular gastronomy techniques. See:

1st June: 7.30pm, YarnFest/Special Relationship, Concrete, 56 Shoreditch High Street, £5
The Special Relationship is back, every first Wednesday of the month! Comedian and playwright Tom Basden and American writers Jarred McGinnis and Sam Taradash have teamed up with the YARN squad to bring you a night of literary entertainment where award-winning writers, poets, comedians and filmmakers have a story to tell. Guests include Simon Crump, author of My Elvis Blackout and Aoife Mannix, poet in residence for the RSC. See:

1st June to September: Rooftop Film Club, Queen of Hoxton, £10
Rooftop Film Club is the exciting new outdoor film experience showing classic, cult and recent film releases on the rooftop of the Queen of Hoxton. Film lovers can eat fabulous food, drink cold beer and watch their favourite movies on the big screen as the stars begin to sparkle. This June kicks off with a host of movie greats including: ET, Ghostbusters, The Lost Boys, Labyrinth, Reservoir Dogs, Trainspotting, Dirty Dancing and An American Werewolf in London. See:

4th June: Blitz Party, 29 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EY, £15/20
What better event to go to after reading Litro’s War issue than a retro WWII shindig? Celebrate D-Day in an East End air raid shelter at the last Blitz Party of the summer, where Forties fashion and wartime glamour rule! Dance the night away in five rooms of 1940s entertainment as well as an outside filled with stalls and bars. See:

6th June: 7pm, Thinking and Drinking, The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street EC2A 4RH, £10
The Book Club is pleased to announce a retrospective of works by visual and performance artist, stav B. To celebrate the Queen’s birthday, the theme is ‘Queen’, representing the regality, importance and ostentatious in style and behaviour. Thrill to live and video performances, a photographic exhibition and other works from Stav’s collection, all followed by a Q&A session. See:

10th June: 7.30pm, Unthank Books Reading, The Old Bank of England, Fleet Street, FREE
Unthank authors Jane Ormerod, Ashley Stokes, Nick Sweeney and Melissa Mann read from their  quirky and entertaining work published by this East Anglia indie press. See:

10th, 11th, 24th & 25th June: 7.15pm, Bitesize Mini-Musicals, King’s Head Islington, £17.50/15
Featuring the hilarious shorts by American writers Michael Gordon Shapiro and Mark Harvey Levine ‘HMS Headwind’… a G&S pastiche, ‘The Charmed Life’ about a girl’s mysterious good luck, and ‘Climb The Smallest Mountain’ about a miniature golf tournament and a host of stand-alone cabaret numbers by several international writers, Bitesize is a treat for all fans of musical comedy. See:

13th June: 7.30pm, The Book Stops Here, 4 Denmark Street, Soho, FREE
This month the three readers will be chosen from the best authors that the brilliant Fiction Uncovered project has spawned. Fiction Uncovered is a promotion to support our best fiction writers – those writers who deserve recognition but have yet to receive a major literary prize or media attention. Sophie Rochester is the mutant alien mother, and her literary midwives are Sarah Crown, Damian Barr, Simon Burke and Giles Foden. See:

18th June: Volupte’s Vintage Burlesque Ball, Volupte, Norwich Street, London, £35
An evening of erotic literature, cabaret and dance to invoke the swinging decadence of prohibition times. Featuring burlesque acts, hot swinging Jazz and the Hot Club of France, with singer Rosie Corlett whose ability to sing in both French and English gives a distinctly European flavour. See:

19th June: 3pm, WS Gilbert’s Eminent Victorians, Victoria and Albert Museum, £9
Join bass-baritone Martin Lamb and pianist David Eaton at the V&A for an hour-long exploration of some of the real-life Victorian figures who inspired the characters of the Savoy Operas. Illustrated by songs from Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-known works, this event offers a fresh perspective on a Victorian institution and Gilbert’s attitudes towards the society in which he lived. See:

22nd to 26th June: Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, ticket prices vary
At this year’s festival The Free University of Glastonbury will feature some of the country’s smartest thinkers and most talented authors discussing an extraordinarily eclectic range of subjects from maths to music, nature to non-conformism. The talks take place every afternoon in the tropical splendour of HMS Sweet Charity in the Park area. See:

23rd June to 23rd July: The Beggars’ Opera, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, £17-44
A musical comedy of highwaymen, hangmen and harlots comes to the Open Air Theatre this summer. Join Macheath and his partners in crime in John Gay’s ageless comic opera. See:

Emily Cleaver

About Emily Cleaver

Emily Cleaver is Litro's Online Editor. She is passionate about short stories and writes, reads and reviews them. Her own stories have been published in the London Lies anthology from Arachne Press, Paraxis, .Cent, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, One Eye Grey, and Smoke magazines, performed to audiences at Liars League, Stand Up Tragedy, WritLOUD, Tales of the Decongested and Spark London and broadcasted on Resonance FM and Pagan Radio. As a former manager of one of London’s oldest second-hand bookshops, she also blogs about old and obscure books. You can read her tiny true dramas about working in a secondhand bookshop at and see more of her writing at

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