Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 19:30 to 21:30


Virtual First Thursday | Tony Curtis

For our first First Thursday of 2022, we’re delighted to welcome Professor Tony Curtis in the role of both author and editor. Not only will Tony be reading from his debut novel Darkness in the City of Light, he will also be joined by Lynne Hjelmgaard and Jane Clarke, contributors to Where The Birds Sing Our Names, a new anthology published in aid of Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice.

As usual our main readings will be followed by an open mic. Please email to sign up.

Tickets are £2 plus the Eventbrite admin fee and available from

Please note: Tickets sales will close at 7:00pm GMT on Thursday 3rd February, after which all attendees will receive an email from Eventbrite containing the Zoom link. If you do not receive this email or have trouble getting into the meeting please email directly.

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About the books

Paris is an extraordinary city, never more so than during the German occupation, with all the tensions, accommodations, resistances and paradoxes which that entailed. Against this background, and at the centre of the Curtis’s debut novel, moves Marcel Petiot, doctor, collaborator or resistance fighter, psychopath and serial murderer. Stretching backwards and forwards within the twentieth century, and with a cast including Picasso, Braque, Sartre, Hemingway and Lee Miller, this remarkable multi-form novel combines fiction, journals, poetry and images to investigate what war can let loose, and how evil can dominate a man.

Darkness in the City of Light is available on the Seren website: £9.99.


Where The Birds Sing Our Names is a new anthology published to raise money for Tŷ Hafan Childrens’ Hospice in Sully, South Wales. Edited by Tony Curtis, the book includes poems and lyrics in English and Welsh by a variety of poets, including four National Poets – Gillian Clarke, Jackie Kay, Michael Longley and Gwyneth Lewis, as well as some of the best-known writers in the UK and beyond – from Max Boyce and Lord Rowan Williams to the young singer-songwriter Kizzy Crawford.

Tŷ Hafan provides care and support for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, across Wales. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology go to the charity, no other fees are deducted.

Where The Birds Sing Our Names is available directly from Tŷ Hafan online or in local stores: £9.99.