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Following a highly successful first reading evening on Friday 11 November, Paragram have published an accompanying anthology – A Toe in the Water. Brushing aside our nerves, we took turns to read a diverse selection of our poetry and prose to a good, appreciative audience in the congenial surroundings of the Chertsey Bookshop.

Andrew, Kate and Margaret





As befitting the date, the evening started with poignant poems of remembrance from Lesley Whayman, Sally Blackmore and Jill Taylor. These were followed by works dealing with memories, worldview, life and love by Andrew Lunn, Kate O’Brien and Maria Anson, before the first session ended on a humorous note with a short story, cautionary tale and monologue.

Waiting our turn





After a break for coffee and mingling, Kate, Sally and Jill continued with the theme of war and remembrance. The mood then turned to the darker aspects of life and love, betrayal and hurt – including thought-provoking prose pieces by Laura Notley and Margaret Cronin. The evening was then rounded off with a mixture of worldview and humour, culminating in Andrew’s regal impersonations.

A rapt audience





Several copies of the anthology – signed by all eight members of Paragram– were sold on the night at the introductory price of £6 (normally £6.99). A Toe in the Water will shortly be available in local bookshops and online via Amazon. Why not pick up a copy for Christmas?

Signing and Laura looking pensive





We would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement, and hope to be back in spring for another dip.