Plum is a night for readers and writers where we share writing that excites us.
Any kind of writing, as long as it’s great. And by great, we mean necessary and moving and enlightening and honest and powerful and original and the kind of writing that tells us something we never knew before.
Sometimes it’s new writing; sometimes it’s writing that’s been around for a while but is new in English; sometimes it’s writing that has been neglected or just deserves another look.
“A writer’s patria or country, as someone said, is his language. That sounds pretty demagogic, but I completely agree with him. Although I also know that it’s true that a writer’s country isn’t his language or isn’t only his language….There can be many countries, it occurs to me now, but only one passport, and obviously that passport is the quality of the writing. Which doesn’t mean just to write well, because anybody can do that, but to write marvelously well, though not even that, because anybody can do that too. Then what is writing of quality? Well, what it’s always been: to know how to thrust your head into the darkness, know how to leap into the void, and to understand that literature is basically a dangerous calling.”
Any kind of writing, as long as it’s great. And by great, we mean necessary and moving and enlightening and honest and powerful and original and the kind of writing that tells us something we never knew before; writing that will outlive us all.
Sometimes it’s new writing; sometimes it’s writing that’s been around for a while but is new in English; and sometimes it’s writing written a long time ago that has been neglected or just deserves another look.
We’re Luke Williams and Natasha Soobramanien and we set up Plum in June 2003. We wanted to promote new writing by emerging and established writers, and drew many of our first readers from our colleagues on the MA in Creative Writing at UEA, where we met. Our first home was Public Life, an East End bar in a converted public toilet.
In 2007, Plum was invited by the Whitechapel Gallery in London to take up an ongoing residency in their cafe/bar as part of their ‘Late Nights’ season of live literature, poetry and spoken word events.
Read what The Guardian said about Plum.
Doors open at 7pm, then four invited writers read in two sets between 8pm-9.30pm.
If you’re reading, we’ll need you for a mic check at 6.30pm.
Previous readers have included:
Naomi Alderman, Elspeth Barker, Andrew Cowan, Douglas Cowie, Brian Chikwava, Fiona Curran, Joe Dunthorne, Ryan Gattis, Helon Habila, William Hampton, Anthony Joseph, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Roddy Lumsden, Mark McNay, Meryl Pugh, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Kathryn Simmonds, Binyavanga Wainaina, Matt Welton, Sophie Woolley and Jane Yeh.
Plum is held in the Tom Bendam Gallery at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London.
Entry is free.
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street/Aldgate East