It was completely unreasonable considering the European tour is coming up but I still had to travel for The Sick Bag Song reading in London. After all London is only a Eurostar away! I had tried to stay as “spoiler free” as possible and thus not reading too much about the Los Angeles and New York events. Not an easy task when you have to update this blog! Anyway the reading was taking place in the beautiful Porchester Hall. Instead of a regular theatre/venue setup we were treated to big round tables which, I think, gave a completely different atmosphere to the event. It was also a great way for fans to be able to sit together and have a drink which you have to admit is always a great part of these events. It felt very festive and much more intimate that way.
Craig McLean (you might remember him from this interview) introduced Nick Cave in a pretty amusing way. We were then treated to the preview film made by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, followed by Nick Cave walking on stage reading a passage of the book. The first part of the evening consisted of Craig interviewing Nick, as well as other chapters being read and the New York short video being shown.
During the second part, Craig left and Nick Cave took center stage to answer questions from the audience. I found him very relaxed and his sense of humour really showed when he answered the sillier questions. I mean how many times can you ask him about his haircolour without him shutting you down? Well a lot apparently! I won’t go into too much details because the wonderful Simone was able to record the event.
Simone also recorded some short videos. She is a gem!
The evening ended with Nick reading the story of the dragon which is probably my favourite part of the book. There is just something very special and inspiring about these lines. It felt, to me, as if he was ending the evening with a bedtime story for his children.
Everything is happening and has happened and will happen again. Everything that exists has always existed and will continue to exist. Memory is imagined; it’s not real. Don’t be ashamed of its need to create; it’s the loveliest part of your heart. Myth is the true history. Don’t let them tell you that there are no monsters. Don’t let them make you feel stupid, just because you are happy to play down in the dark with your flashlight. The mystical world depends on you and your tolerance for the absurd. Be strong, my darling ones, and believe!
I was never able to go to the Bunny Munro readings and I have to say I was completely amazed at how captivating he is while reading. He controls the audience just as much as when he is singing. We were definitely hanging to his every words. I think that if you are having trouble getting into this particular book, listening to the audiobook might give you an other perspective and appreciate it even more. He really makes the story come to life.
A big thank you to everybody involved with this event, it truly was a fantastic evening.
If you want to see more pictures, I have created a Flickr album.