Monday, June 2, 2014

For UK Eyes Only! (Actually, Toronto People Can Read Half)

If you live in Toronto, I don't want you reading this post. Don't read it! Because when you see "Scarborough" you're going to think it's OUR Scarborough.  It's not. Smut by the Sea does NOT take place in Canada. No. It doesn't. It takes place in England--the original Scarborough.

Hey, here's a fun exercise: I'm going to see if I can dig some Scarborough history out of my brain without Googling it at all. You can tell me whether or not I'm right. (I learned this stuff in school 25 years ago, so it's not exactly fresh). Okay, here I go:

The Toronto suburb (and former city) of Scarborough was so named because when two settlers by the names of David and Mary Thompson (???) approached by boat, the bluffs they saw along the lake's edge reminded them so much of the cliffs at Scarborough in their home country of England that they dubbed the region "Scarborough." And the name stuck.

Anyone know if that's close?

So, after wasting your time with Toronto lore, here's the meat of the matter (Toronto people can stop reading here):

Smutty fun by the Sea in Scarborough

Smut by the Sea on the 14th June is the second time the smutters have taken over Scarborough library. Last Summer we had a fabulous time check out the photos and blogs here and this year we’ve got even more for you to enjoy.

Sessions from bestselling authors Victoria Blisse, KD Grace and Lucy Felthouse on different aspects of erotic writing set you up in the morning. Start with inspiration with Victoria, then KD Grace helps you write better erotica by finessing sex. The last workshop of the day gives you the tools you need to wow editors and get your stories accepted and will be led by Lucy Felthouse.

After a free lunch (oh yes, such a thing exists!) we’ll be enjoying the Reading Slam, short, sexy snippets from some of the smutty authors in attendance. You’ll get tasters of some of the best erotica and erotic romance in the country and their books will be available to purchase at the book stall too.

All day you’ll be able to browse the stalls in the side room, check out Steph’s Ann Summer’s goodies, hot books from attending authors or pick something unique up from our craft stall. Then of course you’ll want to have a go on our unique erotic tombola – the prizes are truly thrilling!

Tickets are selling fast, but there are some left. So what are you waiting for? Join us for lots of smut and laughter at Scarborough library on the 14th June from 9.30am.

Quotes from last year’s Smut by the Sea Attendees:

“In between the readings there was another key component that made SBTS such a fantastic experience, and that was the chance to chat, to share ideas, to meet people face-to-face who we had only ever talked to online before and to discover that they were just as amazing face-to-face as they are on social media.” KD Grace

“For an amateur erotica author and long-time consumer of smut, the day was a perfect mix of readings, more formal Q&A but also the chance to mingle with all the participants and ask questions. I was blown away by how friendly everyone was, and how much advice I was given.” Anna Sky

“So, lovely people, smut, PVC, fish and chips and ice cream – how good a day is that?!!” Slave Nano

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