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Alan Franks
Alan Franks is an award-winning author, musician and journalist with many plays, records and poems to his name. In the past four years his poems have won several prizes, including the inaugural Wigtown Competition, Scotland’s largest, and the Petra Kenney Award, judged by poet laureate Andrew Motion. As well as writing poetry he composes and performs songs with the singer Patty Vetta.
Alan Franks is an award-winning author, musician and journalist with many plays, records and poems to his name. In the past four years his poems have won several prizes, including the inaugural Wigtown Competition, Scotland’s largest, and the Petra Kenney Award, judged by poet laureate Andrew Motion. As well as writing poetry he composes and performs songs with the singer Patty Vetta.
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Martin in the Mitre, an original song by Alan Franks inspired by the French performer Le Pétomane. This live performance was recorded at 'Locally Sourced' at La Brioche in West Hampstead.

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Singing one of the songs on our new album
No More of This by Alan Franks
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http://www.freud.org.uk/events/74357/2-for-1-the-transference-quickstep/


19 October 2011
7pm

2 for 1: The Transference Quickstep
An evening with Jan Woolf and Alan Franks

Jan Woolf is the first holder of the Harold Pinter writers’ residency at the Hackney Empire where her play Porn Crackers was produced in 2009. Jan’s collection of tales, Fugues on a Funny Bone - with accompanying images by sculptor Richard Niman … ‘has shaken up the short story form, forcing a redefinition in the way that Simon Armitage has with poetry’ Cheryl Moskowitz.

Jan’s tales examine the internal worlds of troubled youngsters in a London Pupil Referral Unit. One of the ‘troubled’ is the head as he ponders the meaning of his life with a psychotherapist who has retrained for CBT. She will read from her comedy ‘Automatic Negative Thoughts.’

Alan Franks is the author of several plays, including The Mother Tongue, which starred Prunella Scales. His latest, Vivien, to be produced next year, explores the turbulent relationship between Vivienne Leigh and Laurence Olivier. His most recent novel, The Sins of the Sons was published last year, and his award winning novella Going Over in 2009. His poems have won a number of prizes, and a selection of them has appeared in Unmade Roads. He has written for The Times for more than thirty years, covering a variety of subjects, and writing major interviews with leading figures from the worlds of literature, theatre and music. Only Natural, his fifth album of songs with the singer Patty Vetta is released this winter.

Jan and Alan will read, perform and sign books. Alan will also sing.

Both writers published at Muswell Press
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