Radio Reverb is Brighton’s alternative, a community radio station where people can express themselves, open up dialogues and set their own agendas about what’s important, interesting, funny, cool or arty in the city.
Today marked the launch of Writers’ Hub, a new hour-long literary programme devised, produced and presented by Amy Lynn Riley. The first show included interviews with local author Sue Eckstein and a feature on the City Reads project, as well as an extract from my novel, The Mmm Girl, read by Shannon Magness, and a new poem by me on the subject of festival, Music Reminds Us.
You can download my segment of the show here – hope you enjoy it!
“The Mmm Girl has left an indelible series of images in my memory..this novel is more accurate, in many ways, than anything else that has been written about Marilyn and it is the only book to ever leave me with a lasting impression of the loneliness and desperation of her real life.”
Stuart P. Coates, author of Norma Jeane’s Wishes In Time
Read his full review here… Continue reading
“In ‘The Mmm Girl’, Tara Hanks resists the temptation to make Monroe into a strong woman as we today would understand the term, and thereby gives us a far more believable and affecting heroine…no mean feat when time and legend have transformed her into a goddess made of celluloid and rhinestones…“
January Magazine was established in 1997 by Linda L. Richards, author of mystery novels including Death Was The Other Woman, and has become one of the most respected literary journals online. A sister publication, The Rap Sheet, is devoted to crime fiction.
Authors such as Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie have all been interviewed at January Magazine, but there is also a strong emphasis on new writing and in this spirit, an interview with me has now been added to the site.
I was born ten years after Marilyn Monroe died, and still can’t remember the first time I saw a photograph of her. It may have been the famous shot where she’s standing with her hands on her hips, wearing a gold lamé dress against a dark background. She was luminous and magical, like a goddess, but the expression on her glossy red lips was hard to decipher. There was something distant and sad, yet also very innocent about her.
An interview with me appears in the latest issue of Club Passion Marilyn, an excellent French magazine. If you would like to join the club, please visit their website here
‘The Mmm Girl shows Marilyn Monroe as rational and strong, though also fighting the sadness inside her…the real person, created and affected by the actual details of her life…Tara Hanks beautifully conveys Marilyn’s feelings of loneliness and being an outsider…her writing leaves room for the imagination…the last pages of the novel are simple, sad and heartbreaking’ — Magical Marilyn
A review of The Mmm Girl and an interview with me appears in the latest Magical Marilyn magazine. You can read it here.
About ten years ago, I regularly read poems and short stories at the Caxton Arms in Brighton. Then when I started writing novels, the urge to perform dwindled. Just a few months after moving back to Brighton, I was asked to read at the ABCtales Evening at St Michael And All Angels’ church on July 5th, as part of the Clifton, Montpelier And Powis Festival. Seven Dials has long been my favourite area of Brighton, so I was very glad to return and be recognised on my home turf.
ABCtales was one of the first websites I searched for when, always the late developer, I discovered the internet way back in 2003. Editors Tony Cook and Mark Brown encouraged me from the start, and I regularly posted my draft chapters. ABCtales offers aspiring writers a chance to share and receive feedback on their work, and many of its eclectic membership have gone on to achieve publication and acclaim. Continue reading
An evening of live literature featuring writers from www.abctales.com
The next ABCtales evening will be held at St Michaels Hall, Victoria Road, Brighton on Saturday July 5th – starting at 8 p.m. Admission £3 (£2 concessions). Tara Hanks, a long time ABCtales member, will be reading from her latest book, The Mmm Girl – the story of Marilyn Monroe, in her own words.
There’s still room for readers so if you want to come along and read (maximum time 10 minutes) then email firstname.lastname@example.org
The evening is part of the Montpelier, Clifton and Powis Festival. All are welcome so do come along. St Michaels Hall is just five minutes walk from the station and right in the centre of the City.
Hope to see you there!