Arts Junction, a meeting of The Arts

A smorgasbord of poetry, music, art, dance and theatre
Monday 11th March for Arts Junction 7.30-10pm

Another helping of cultural kedgeree to set you up for the month ahead…

Benji Taylor is a London-based alternative musician known for his captivating and emotive sound.

Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of musical genres, including indie, emo, punk, folk, and electronica, Benji’s music is characterised by its raw and honest lyrics, haunting melodies, and intricate guitar work. His distinctive sound has earned him a loyal following in London’s alternative music scene.

Brighton based actor, writer and producer Katherine Kotz in Natal Attraction

You can’t test-drive having a child, so how do you know if it’s a good idea?

Natal Attraction is a response to the expectation society places on women to be maternal and nurturing. What assumptions do we make about women who aren’t either? Why is there so much shame around this issue? Meet Diane, Luci, Danielle and Marlene as they navigate their own desires, other people’s needs, and the ticking of the biological clock.

Press for previous work:
★★★★ “In an overall excellent cast Katherine Kotz stands out. Her Machiavellian Vicky is captivating.” PLAYS TO SEE
★★★★ “impeccable comic timing.” LONDON THEATRE 1
“One of the finest performances, and roles, I’ve seen for a long time.” Once A Week Theatre

Nicola Garrard’s debut novel, 29 LOCKS (HopeRoad, 2021), was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and the Mslexia Children’s Novel competition, and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2022. It was picked by Suzi Feay (Financial Times) for their ‘Best Books of 2021’. Her second novel, 21 MILES (HopeRoad, 2023) was described by Aoife Fitzpatrick as ‘spectacular and unforgettable . . . with one of the most moving endings that I have ever read.’ Nicola has appeared at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, Chichester Festival and Petworth Festival Literary Week and is a regular guest on BBC Radio London. This year she is a guest speaker at the Hay Festival 2024 schools’ programme and the UKLA International Conference 2024. Her words and poetry have been published in The Frogmore Papers, Mslexia, The Guardian, the W&A Yearbook Guide to Getting Published and by IRON Press. For more information see or follow @nmgarrard on X.

Miriam Valencia is from Stirling in Scotland and now lives in Sussex. She is a member of Chichester Stanza, a group of poets who share their work at monthly meetings, and has had poems and short stories published in small magazines. Miriam works for a charity providing legal advice to people with social care needs and is currently training to be a counsellor.

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