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Thursday 11th June 2020, 8:30-10:30 PM

Reshma Ruia, Paul Francis, Heather Yule, Cath Edwards.

Reshma Ruia Paul Francis Heather Yule Cath Edwards

Reshma Ruia

Reshma Ruia is an award winning novelist, short story writer and poet. Her first novel Something Black in the Lentil Soup was described in the Sunday Times as “a gem of straight-faced comedy”. Her second novel manuscript, A Mouthful of Silence, was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize. Her poetry collection, A Dinner Party in the Home Counties, won the 2019 Word Masala Award. Reshma’s short stories and poetry has appeared in British and international anthologies and magazines such as The Mechanics’ Institute Review, The Nottingham Review, Asia Literary Review, Confluence, Funny Pearls, Fictive Dream, The Good Journal and various anthologies such as Too Asian Not Asian Enough, No Good Deed, Love across a Broken Map and May We Borrow your Country among others. They have also been commissioned and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She is the co-founder of The Whole Kahani, a collective of British writers of South Asian origin. Her writing explores the preoccupations of those who possess a multiple sense of belonging.

For more information please visit or read her on Twitter at @reshmaruia.

Paul Francis

Paul Francis is a retired teacher, living in Much Wenlock, who is active in the West Midlands poetry scene. He is a member of Border Poets and Bridgnorth Writers’ Group. He writes in a variety of forms, including political satire, comic slam poems and formal sonnets. He was poet in residence at the Wenlock Poetry Festival in 2016, and last year published Sonnets with notes (Liberty Books).

During the Covid crisis he has been writing a sonnet a day, posted on his website -

Heather Yule

Heather Yule is a professional storyteller and harpist, with a deep knowledge of Scottish folklore and music. She grew up surrounded by music and story and was fortunate to have the opportunity to accompany her folklorist mother, Barbara McDermitt, on field trips to record traditional storytellers. Over the past few years, she has been working to transcribe her mother’s large collection of recordings of Stanley Robertson, the great Scottish Traveller tradition-bearer, ballad singer and storyteller. The transcriptions are planned to form the basis of two books, and other future projects, in collaboration with the Elphinstone Institute at Aberdeen University.

Cath Edwards

Cath Edwards is a warm and witty professional storyteller who delights audiences at festivals, in storytelling clubs and at many other venues across the country. Working mainly with traditional material, she creates a series of compelling images that will stay with you long after the story is ended.

She tells stories to all ages from adults to families and the very young. As well as mainstream storytelling, she has particular expertise with those with a range of special needs and with early years. She was formerly an advisory teacher for early years and special needs in the Birmingham area.

Cath was co-director of the Martineau Gardens Storytelling Festival for several years and she has organised many other storytelling events.

She is co-host of a storytelling club for adults, Lichfield Storytellers, which you can find out more about at or Facebook. It also has its own YouTube channel. She is co-author of a training manual for staff who work with people with learning disabilities, Communicate with Me and author of West Midlands Folk Tales. Warwickshire Folk Tales is currently in preparation. She is an experienced and successful workshop leader and trainer. Her own website is