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Friday April 25th - 8.00pm
Working Title Comedy
Here are your comedy treats for April
As ever it's £5.00 BYOB. Tickets available here

Andrew O'Neill

I am a stand-up comedian, a metalhead, an amateur occultist and a musician. I've pretty

much been a show off since birth. I did comedy sketches in assemblies at school, and pissed away my A Levels making comedy films with my mates on my brothers camcorder. You will never get to see these, because my mates would fucking kill me if I put them on the net.

I've done a bit of telly, (including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and Saxondale with Steve Coogan) and lots of radio (including BBC Radio 1, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, and 5live) but live is where the hidden mind-control signals planted in my work are most effective.

I'm a bit of a regular on the comedy stages

I'm vegan, as you can tell by the fact that I have a lithe, sinewy body. I'm a heterosexual transvestite, as you can tell by the fact that I wear female clothes and fancy girls. I'm not a goth. This is an understandable error, but there is a difference between a metaller who cross-dresses and a goth. And if need be I will fight you to demonstrate that difference. I've got nothing against goths. Some of my best friends are goths. Their food is lovely and they have natural rhythm.

I am in a steampunk band called The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and I do walking tours of Jack The Ripper's murder sites.

Here are some of the things people have said about my comedy:

One of the funniest comedians on the circuit at the moment... hitting new heights of comedic brilliance.- TimeOut

He's got a natural optimism and love of silliness that leaves you feeling remarkably positive... a winning blend of polemic and off-beat whimsy. - The Guardian

So funny I put him in my new TV show. - Steve Coogan

Andrew O'Neill is like comedy ball-lightning. Fast, electrifying and even funnier than the misfortunes of others. -  Alan Moore


Chris Coltrane 

Since our regular MC, Chris Brosnahan, is elsewhere, we've replaced him with another, funnier Chris!

Chris Coltrane is a comedian, activist, writer, disco dancer and sweet romancer.

Chris has been doing stand-up for five years. He started off weird and surreal; nowadays he's weird and political. He tells tales of protests and mischief, and trying to smash the Tories with punchlines.

Recent gigs include the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, Josie Long's LTOTBH, and for a change of pace, Bec Hill's Pun Run. In 2013 he did Glastonbury on Billy Bragg's Leftfield tent, as well as End Of The Road festival. He has taken two solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival.

He writes "funny" political columns on his personal blog, and is a regular columnist for the New Internationalist.

Mark Thomas: "One of a handful of comedians who are the future of British political comedy."

Chortle: ★★★★ for solo show Activism Is Fun. "Brilliantly entertaining… passion, humour and charismatic likeability… genuinely fun, establishing Coltrane as both a relevant and witty political voice on the comedy circuit." 

The Guardian: Likeably upbeat… an attractive cheekiness… By Coltrane's account, protest is getting funnier – which can only be good news for political comedy.

More acts to be announced
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Saturday May 24th - 5pm - 8pm
The Great Literary Talent Hunt - Hellie Ogden & Jessie Botterill
Following on from the huge success of our last couple of pitching events, we delighted to offer budding authors another chance for a proifessinal one on one consultation with a top literary agent. This time we’re thrilled to have Hellie Ogden and Jessie Botterill from the Janklow & Nesbit Agency.
How to take part:
1) To book a 10 minute slot you must purchase a ticket.
Tickets cost just £10 available HERE, or by contacting the Big Green Bookshop in person or via the phone (020 8881 6767).
2) Once you’ve purchased  a ticket, you will need to prepare a 1,500 word extract of your work and a one page synopsis of the novel by the May 9th AT THE LATEST, which will be read by the agents in advance of the session. Details of where to send this will be passed to you once you've bought a ticket.
Also, once your ticket is purchased you will be allocated a slot with either Hellie or Jessie. They will go through an extract of your work (max 1,500 words) beforehand so that on the day you meet them they’ll be able to offer advice and guidance on what steps you should take in order to turn your writing dream into a reality.
Here’s a little more about Hellie and Jessie
Before joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2013, Hellie spent three years at Greene & Heaton Literary Agency where she built up her list of clients and managed the translation rights.
She is looking for series crime, psychological thrillers, commercial women’s fiction, young adult and children’s debuts and accessible, charming literary fiction. She enjoys novels with exotic settings, bold twists and enticing protagonists.
In non-fiction she is looking for unique personal stories and work that has a large social following with cross-media potential. She represents cook books from aspiring foodies, as well as popular culture projects, helping to build her clients’ profiles across different platforms.
Hellie featured in The Bookseller Rising Stars list 2013 and has been shortlisted for The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2014
Jessie joined Janklow & Nesbit in 2010, shortly after graduating from Leeds University. As well as handling the sale of foreign and audio rights, she is building up her own list of fiction and non-fiction authors.
In particular, she is looking for commercial fiction with strong, original storylines, with a focus on women’s, book club and gritty psychological thrillers. Intelligent and inspiring non-fiction is also welcome, and YA of all kinds.
Understandably , these events sell out REALLY quickly, so get in quick. 
One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction – previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction – celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

The Longlist has just been announced, and it is truly awesome. There are 20 books on it, including last years Man Booker prize winner The Lumonaries, by Eleanor Catton, The Goldfinch by Donna, Taart, Jhumpha Lahiri's Lowland, Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson and (my book of last year) A Girl is a Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBride. 
It seems a shame to not mention them all here, but you can see the full list HERE. 


Such is the strength of this list we have decided to do a BAILEYS BOOK CHALLENGE. 

The challenge is to read as many, if not all of the shortlisted titles, before the winner is announced in June. 

Here's how it's going to work;

The shortlist has now been announced. The following books have made it;
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Americanah
Hannah Kent - Burial Rites
Jhumpa Lahiri - The Lowland
Audrey Magee - The Undertaking
Eimear McBride - A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing 

Donna Tartt - The Goldfinch
Over the next seven or so weeks the members of the Book Club will make a concerted effort to read as many of the six shortlisted books as they can.
The group will meet again on Tuesday June 3rd the evening before the winner is announced to discuss each of the books. After a heated debate, and a glass or two of wine, the group will vote for whom they think should win. We'll then announce our findings and wait with baited breath for the official announcement the following day. 

We realise that the cost of the shortlist might be quite a lot, especially if there are hardbacks on it, and for us, the most important thing is that people can join in. So we’ve come up with a few solutions;

•For a one off payment of £25, we will be a lending library, where you can borrow each of the books for a week each. You can also keep your favourite book after the ceremony. 
•We will offer a discount of 20% on the shortlist for Book Group members. 
•A group of you could share the cost, so for example 3 of you could buy 2 books each. 

However you decide to do this, we will do everything we can to make the books accessible to you. The important thing is that you're able to join in. 
It's a bit of a challenge, but if you think you're up for it, come along.
Email Vouchers
Available at the Big Green Bookshop
 A Big Green Bookshop voucher.
Just get in touch with us, let us know how much you'd like to give and we can send that special someone an Email Voucher. The lucky recipient will get an email from us telling them that you've bought them a voucher to spend at the Big Green Bookshop. They can then choose books and we'll get them and post them (FREE P+P in the UK), whenever they choose to redeem it. 
What a treat, eh? 
Telephone; 020 8881 6767

  Welcome to The Big Green Bookshop, the award winning bookshop based in Wood Green, North London. We’re situated just off the High Road, a couple of minutes walk from Turnpike Lane tube station, on Brampton Park Road (an oasis of calm in the metropolitan madness).

We stock a great and varied range of books, which we individually hand pick for our customers, as well as stocking a wide selection of cards, bookmarks and other essentials. If you can’t decide what to get (the choice is sometimes too much), we sell our own vouchers too.

We have book groups for adults and children, which is open to everyone, and we also hold a staggering number of author signings and events for all ages. From Maisy Mouse to burlesque dancers, music legends and literary superstars, you can keep up with all the shenanigans on the website, or by signing up for our newsletter, just over there ------>

If we don’t have the book you’re looking for we can usually get it in within 48 hours, and you can now order online too, and we offer free delivery in the UK for orders over £5. You’ll also find special offers, signed books and all manner of delights here, so it’s definitely worth checking back every so often.

If the book you want is no longer available, we have an Out of Print Booksearch Service, which is totally free.
Details can be found here.

There’s so much more to tell you, but we’ll let you have a look around for yourself. Have fun and come and say hello next time you’re in the area. There’s usually a pot of coffee on the go, and we have a very comfy sofa.

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