Live Lit Co supports campaign for Climate Change


Val joined the crowds for the September 2014 Climate Change London march. Above photo Val took of Emma Thompson speaking to the crowds outside the Houses of Parliament.

The Live Literature Company has been a long supporter of this issue. Click here to see The Live Literature Company's Summer Party page for our message from the Director of Friends of the Earth.


The next Climate Change march in London will be tomorrow Sunday 29th November 2015.

Lord Desai speaks on the Indian Constitution


Val was invited to hear Lord Desai (pictured above) speak on the Indian Constitution at the High Commission of India in London.

His very lucid talk was followed by questions from the audience. Lord Desai explained to one questioner that it is not legal for the Indian caste system to be practiced in the UK.

One of Val’s Public Speaking students from Birkbeck was in the audience, and Val was delighted to hear from him about the launch of his company, Speaking English Well.


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A great way for children to see their first Shakespeare performance



Children continue to enjoy the way The Live Literature Company perform their shortened Shakespeare productions as you can see in the audience photograph above, taken at Hall's Croft Garden, Stratford in July this Summer,

In the background is Paul Edmondson, Head of Knowledge, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, who gave a sonnet master class to Val's American students, who were performing Twelfth Night in One Hour to this audience.

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Peter Brook gives his archive to the V&A


Val took the above photo of Peter Brook chatting at the V&A’s special festival dedicated to him and his work. The V&A have just brought Peter Brook’s archive.

The Live Literature Company staged a World Premiere of a new translation by Jesus Montero of Federico Lorca’s play, The Shoemaker’s Wonderful Wife, as part of this festival. In the audience were people from the Spanish Embassy and the Cervantes Institute. Val is delighted that this great Spanish writer is now in the Company’s repertoire. 

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Egyptian Cultural Bureau focuses on Rights for Women


Nadia El Kholy (on left on above panel photo), invited Val to take part in a discussion and talks evening on the progress of education for women in Egypt.

Val is delighted to continue a dialogue with Nadia, Cultural Counsellor and Director of The Egyptian Cultural Bureau, London. They have shared discussions over some years with a view to The Live Literature Company being part of their Cultural Programme.


Nadia holds a Ph.D in English Literature, and has translated Alice in Wonderland into Arabic. 

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Nawal El Saadawi's writing features at WOW Festival and Live Lit Co Amnesty evening



Val took the above photo of Nawal at the WOW Festival on the Southbank where she was interviewed by Jon Snow.

Val chose Nawal’s writing to be part of the New Spring Without FGM performance evening which was given at Amnesty International by The Live Literature Company and the creative writer’s group attached to Amnesty. The insight of Nawal’s writing on women in contemporary Egypt was a very important part of this programme.

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Singing to help rebuild Battersea Arts Centre - Summer 2015


Val sang in this fundraising performance of The Messiah in support of Battersea Arts Centre, which has recently been devastated by fire.

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The Live Literature Company attends The Concert of Peace

The Concert of Peace (above)

Val was invited to The Concert for Peace held on January 31st at The Egyptian Cultural Bureau, London. The Egyptian Ambassador greeted the audience. 

The concert honoured Muslim, Jewish, and Christian practices. The Live Literature Company is linked to The Egyptian Cultural Bureau through the prose poem Val wrote, 'First Love', which was performed at Amnesty International in May 2014. Val hopes to further develop these International Cultural Company links.

One of the further Education courses that Val has studied is World Religions, at Birkbeck, London University.

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Live Literature Company's First World War Commemorative performance

January 23rd 2015 Val is invited by the Centenary Partnership to a review of the First World War work in the Government Building, Cardiff.



This publicity was also posted at 1914.org and on the Culture 24 website. The Live Literature Company is a member of the Imperial War Museum's Centenary Partnership.

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