Shindig didn't know it but her reputation with the boys of Soho had been made that day. It was one of those occasions when time had gone into free fall, everyone watched as he arced gracefully through the air and fell to the floor. He was quickly dispatched out into the courtyard. Sharks would discover him soon. The Rendezvous Club is a squalid little gaff off a slippery courtyard. Here, you'll always find a gathering of the 'boys' of Soho. These are men's men; mostly one syllable names: Vic, Stan or Reg, and definitely not how you would expect gangsters to look - no Bogarts or Greenstreets here. From the 'meat rack' in the Dilly to Joe Lyons Corner House at Coventry Street or the Sunset Club on Carnaby Street, it is startling how these places fit in and complement deviant life and villainy. Soho, in the 1950s, was a centre for misfits and petty criminals. Surrounded by this unusual brew of characters, Shindig seems to fit right in. That is until things change for the bosses up west and the powers look to be shifting in Soho's underworld... Jake Arnott meets Nell Dunn in this gritty accolade to Soho and to deviants of every ilk. "Critical Mass" says: A fantastically gritty read - unputdownable!
I knew some of the Beat Generation, William Burroughs was a mate as was Alexander Trocchi as well some remarkable musicians, junkies are no snobs:
I badly wanted to be cool
Now I'm simply cold
I also wanted to die young
Now I'm bloody old
I cranked up with Trocchi
Zoned out with Burroughs
My main concern now?
My magic tomorrows.
I spent a lot of time getting stoned, not entirely wasted though I definitely
could have condensed my experiences into less than the 20 years it took but I have a lot of sweet times tucked away in my memory for safe keeping. I started to write seriously when I went on a second chance for women course though I had always been admired for my jaunty amusing missives when I was in prison ( where I was an ace love letter scribe)or on a 'cure'. My first article I sent off was published in the Guardian and I thought I had discovered easy money, it took me fifteen or more years before my second piece was published by them.
My first novel A Blues for Shindig is partly autobiographical though much embellished & covers a year in the life of a young woman much like me. It had some rave reviews on Amazon & I have had readings in London & Berlin which have been a great success. I am writing another novel about addicts & their loves & lives
' A Kind of Love Story 'is the working title and is ironic. It follows two girls through a 'cure' & back into the world. My second novel needs an edit & rewrite.It is about a crew of creative skivers & flying words I am cowering away from it but will galvanise myself into action some time soon
One of my short plays is being filmed at the moment & I am busy with a blog .
my website is at http://mo-foster.co.uk/2012/05/09/technophobe/ or
http://www.mo-foster.co.uk/ I love answering questions about my rackety life!
I am on Twitter as Loudwomen .