OFF Book

the club night where new writing leaps off the page and onto the stage

Authors featured in OFF Book

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FELICIA YAP grew up in Kuala Lumpur. She read biochemistry at Imperial College London and history at Cambridge University. She has worked as a cell biologist, a war historian, a university lecturer, a technology journalist, a theatre critic, a flea-market trader and a catwalk model. Felicia is The Observer's Rising Star for Fiction (2017) and YESTERDAY is her debut novel.

YESTERDAY, her debut thriller, is about a murder that takes place in a world where most people only remember yesterday. A dead woman’s body is found in the River Cam. Suspicion falls on Mark, the man she had been sleeping with, and his wife Claire. But how do you catch a killer when all who are involved have limited memories, including the detective investigating the case?

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MATTHEW BLAKSTAD's first career was as a professional child actor. From the age of ten, he had roles in TV dramas on the BBC and ITV, in films and at theatres including the Royal Court. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, he began a career in online communications. Since 2008, he's been in public service, helping people understand and manage their money.

Sockpuppet, his debut novel tells the story of fake internet personality sic_girl. Programmer Dani Farr create sic_girl to win a bet. But she’s just started spilling state secrets. Government minister Bethany Lehrer has put her job on the line to launch a national online ID scheme. sic_girl seems determined to bring that down. And if Dani and Bethany don’t figure out who – or what – is behind sic_girl, it won’t just be their lives and privacy at stake. Because the more secrets sic_girl spills, the clearer it becomes: Nothing is private. No one is safe.


Performers appearing in OFF Book

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WENDY MAE BROWN recently played Sofia in The Color Purple in Concert, Cadogan Hall.  She has been nominated three times for her role as Oda Mae Brown in Ghost the Musical, which toured the UK, China and Australia, 2014-2016.  Her many other roles include Hattie, Kiss Me Kate (Old Vic), Myrt Carmen Jones (Old Vic) and Bloody Mary, South Pacific (Kilworth House).  West End theatre includes Joanne, Rent (Prince of Wales), Porgy and Bess (Savoy) and the original cast of Mamma Mia.  Her extensive film and TV work includes C4's Man Down, BBC's Doctors, Last Chance Harvey with Dustin Hoffman and the US record-breaking miniseries Hatfields and McCoys. Her next role will see her tour Canada in a new musical book adaptation in November.  She has sung on cruise ships and yachts, in summer shows and circus tents, and is pleased to be making her book festival debut!

KATIE WALDER was chosen to perform in a special Disney Princess show in Jersey and in the prestigious West End Live, where she had a Principal role as Vivienne in Legally Blonde even before her acceptance to the Guildford School of Acting's Musical Theatre programme. She graduated this summer.  Katie is delighted to be here, performing a song from one of the most successful dystopian-fantasy-prequel-novel-to-musical-adaptations ever!

TRACEY VANESSA BROWN is a singer/actress (Buddy, West End and UK, Denmark, Holland tours, Little Shop of Horrors, UK Tours, The Color Purple in Concert, Cadogan Hall, film, TV and plays, playing everything from a Jamaican vampire to a traumatized football fan). She has written for TV and stage but is now fledgling-out into novels.  Her three horror full-lengths WIP are Freets (cursed village and old superstitions), Watch All Night (the horror of London history) and Unearthed (voodoo comes to London suburbia).  She came up with the idea of OFF Book after several Bombay Sapphires.