Friday October 21st


The Storey Auditorium

Doors Open 7pm - Open Mic 7.15 - 7.45pm

Admission £5 / £3 (Conc.)


The Line-Up:

Rob Muir - Prose 

Rob recently completed his first collection of short fiction - 'Sharing Showers With Spiders' - blackly comic visions set in a slightly warped and paranoid version of contemporary Britain.He is currently completing a novel, in between bouts of procrastination and geese herding. He will be reading a new short piece called 'Kiwi Coroner'.



Deborah Andrews - Prose 

Deborah is an award-winning theatre practitioner turned novelist. Her knowledge of the theatre world inspired her debut novel
Walking the Lights, which she'll be reading from tonight. Walking the Lights has been shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker prize. She has an MLitt (Distinction) and an AHRC-funded PhD in creative writing from Glasgow University. She now lives in Lancaster where she teaches creative writing. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies and she is currently writing her second novel. For more info. please visit uk

Peter Ford - Prose 

Retired after 40 years teaching, I joined creative writing courses at Lancaster University's Department of Continuing Education. Thanks to the DCE and Morecambe's Pier Writers, my work has appeared in anthologies, specialist journals and the local press. I've been playing blues harp since 1964 as the Knave of the Harmonica and read my first sci-fi comic in 1947. At October's Spotlight I will be reading 'Night Monsters', a short SF story with a 1950s serial flavour.

Gavin Wilshaw - Comedy 

I've come to think of myself as a poet, having been published as such in the UK & United States since 1998. Then, three years ago a load of one liners started to arrive in my head & I wrote them down; this process continues to this day. As a result I've become an irregular stand-up comedian at Spotlight & elsewhere, spouting surreal, weird, non sequitur jokes & puns ever since.



Dean Marroni 


Dean was scheduled to appear at the July Spotlight but failed to make it at the last minute! A singer song/writer from Morecambe now living in Lancaster, Dean first appeared at Spotlight back in 2012 as one of the young writers/performers in our first 'Listening To Youth' project. He studied Music at LMC & Salford Uni and is now lead Vocalist / Songwriter with local band Divide and Conker but will be making a welcome return to Spotlight with a solo set.




 Compere: Simon Baker