I couldn’t help but imagine scorned authors body-slamming and knocking each other out with volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica when I read this title. But you’ll be relieved to know that the Literary Death Match is a much more civilised affair (oh, you groan?) and quite an amazing one at that. The September 14th event, which is a massive hit in the US – and regularly touches down on these shores – will see competing wordsmiths deliver their best literary works in the hopes of being crowned the ultimate champ.
Author and journalist Neil Forsyth, flash-fiction author extraordinaire Femi Martin, writer Ben Brooks and poet/columnist/model Tiffany Anne Tondut will going head-to-head on the night, and such is the prestige of LDM, that Turner Prize judge and writer Miranda Sawyer and trained actress and author Julie Mayhew will be among the judges on the panel.
Competition aside, this is likely to be an inspirational and thought-provoking evening, where weapons of mass destruction come in the form of sharp vocabulary and witty turns of phrases delivered by some of the best of the best in the game; it’s firmly in the diary.[stextbox id=”custom”]Concrete @ Pizza East, Lower Ground Floor, 56 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JJ Tube: Shoreditch High Street (Overground) Further info: www.literarydeathmatch.com