Wednesday 22 March 2017, 6.30pm

“If women ruled the world…” with Elizabeth Day and Viv Groskop

In celebration of International Women’s Day, join Pin Drop for an evening with Elizabeth Day and Viv Groskop – two powerful female voices.

Elizabeth is an award-winning author and journalist. Her fourth novel, The Party, is out in July 2017 and she is a feature writer for UK and US publications including New York Magazine and Vogue. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s Bazaar and recent interviews include Claire Danes, Matt Damon and Kiera Knightly.

Viv is a writer, broadcaster and stand-up comedian who regularly appears at the Edinburgh Festival, features on BBC Radio 4 and writes for various publications including The Times, The Pool and the Guardian.

The evening will include a screening of a short film by Francesca Oldfield, featured in #girlgaze at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles.

Hosted by Simon Oldfield. Sponsored by Audible UK.


Soho House 76 Dean Street, London, W1D 3SQ

Booking opens soon.

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Sunday 23 April 2017, 6.00pm

The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2017

Scribble, scribble, scribble! The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2017 is open for submissions.

The award – a collaboration between Pin Drop and the Royal Academy of Arts – is open to everyone and free to enter, offering a unique platform for emerging and established writers to showcase their short fiction.

The winning story will be announced and read aloud by a special guest during an event at the Royal Academy of Arts.  The reading of the winning story will also be recorded for the audio archive held by Pin Drop and the Royal Academy of Arts, which comprises readings by acclaimed authors and actors including Stephen Fry, Juliet Stevenson and William Boyd.

Stephen Fry, a keen supporter of the award, comments:

Pin Drop is a wonderfully innovative scheme that unites the written arts with the visual. In iconic venues like the Royal Academy, new and established writers have their works read, discussed and questioned by enthusiastic audiences. The presence of the written word in public spaces filled with visual art reminds writers, whose work is so often private and inward, of the capacity of literature to reach out, uniting it with the family of all the arts where it belongs. I really believe in Pin Drop.” – Stephen Fry.

Last year, Claire Fuller took the award for A Quiet Tidy Man, which you can listen to here being read by BAFTA-winning actress, Juliet Stevenson.  Bethan Roberts took the inaugural award in 2015 for Ms. Featherstone and the Beast, read here by Stephen Fry.

The judging panel includes Pin Drop Founders, Simon Oldfield and Elizabeth Day, and the Royal Academy’s Artistic Director, Tim Marlow.

The RA and Pin Drop Short Story Award is a non-profit prize, free to enter and open to all. The staging of the award is made possible by the generous support of our partners at the Royal Academy of Arts and other parts of the Pin Drop programme.

Submissions: Final entries to be submitted by 6pm, Sunday 23rd April 2017 (please note that the deadline has been extended).

Information: submit your story to after reading the Entry Instructions here and the Terms and Conditions here.


Friday 17 February 2017, 6.30pm

Dame Eileen Atkins + Dame Sian Philips at the Royal Academy

Two of Britain’s most cherished actors, Dame Eileen Atkins and Dame Sian Philips, join Pin Drop at the Royal Academy of Arts during the landmark exhibition, Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932.  

In this exclusive joint appearance, Siân Phillips and Eileen Atkins will be reading a short story from 1919 called The Dictator: The Story of Ak and Humanity by Yefim Zozulya.  The reading will be followed by a Q&A with Pin Drop founder, Simon Oldfield.

Eileen Atkins is an award-winning actress, known for her critically-acclaimed roles in film and television productions including Gosford Park, Cold Mountain and Cranford.

Siân Phillips has starred in era-defining film and TV including Beckett and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – and the BBC adaptation of I, Claudius, for which she won a BAFTA for Best Actress.



Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London W1J 0BD.

Book tickets here

Full ticket price goes to the RA in support of their programme

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Wednesday 21 December 2016, 7.00pm

Russell Tovey at Burberry

Russell Tovey appeared at Pin Drop in collaboration with Burberry for a special Christmas reading from the diaries of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who wore pioneering garments by Burberry on his legendary expedition across the Antarctic, 1914-1916.

This event formed part of an ongoing series in partnership with Burberry.


Burberry, Thomas's, 5 Vigo St, Mayfair, London W1S 3HA


Wednesday 26 October 2016, 6.30pm

Molly Parkin at Soho House

Molly Parkin joins us for an evening at Soho House to celebrate her extraordinary life.  Artist, fashion editor, novelist and style icon, at 84-years-old Molly has fabulous tales to tell.

Molly now focuses on painting and poetry, which she will be reading live, followed by a Q&A.

Molly left the Welsh Valleys for Goldsmiths and went on to exhibit widely, selling her work to the Tate in the ’60s.  Always forging ahead, Molly entered the fashion world designing hats and bags for Biba and later becoming the fashion editor for leading publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Nova and The Sunday Times.  Molly has written ten bestselling comic-erotic novels and in 2010 she published her memoirs, Welcome to Mollywood.  The evening will begin with a screening of a 30-minute film about Molly’s life, directed by Robert Chilcott.

This event is sponsored by Audible.  Photo: Tom Fraud

Read an interview with Molly in Dazed & Confused here.


Soho House 76 Dean Street, London, W1D 3SQ

Doors Open: 6:15pm | Film on Molly's life: 6.30pm | Molly Parkin on Stage: 7:00pm

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Friday 21 October 2016, 6.30pm

A. C. Grayling at the Royal Academy of Arts

Pin Drop is delighted to welcome back A. C. Grayling – one of the leading thinkers of our time – for a special event on Friday 21st October 2016, at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Forming part of the RA’s autumn programme, A. C. Grayling will join Pin Drop to read one of his own short stories followed by a Q&A with curator and Pin Drop founder, Simon Oldfield.

A. C. Grayling is a highly-respected philosopher, academic and author of acclaimed and much-discussed works of contemporary thought including The God Argument and Friendship. He is also a frequent broadcaster, contributing editor of Prospect Magazine and in 2014 he was chairman of the Man Booker Prize judges.


Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London W1J 0BD.

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Tuesday 27 September 2016, 1.00pm

Pin Drop + Burberry

Pin Drop collaborated with Burberry to curate a series of live readings drawn from Virginia Woolf’s novel, Orlando. Between Wednesday 21st – Tuesday 27th September, actors performed at Makers House – Burberry’s London show venue, created in collaboration with The New Craftsmen at 1 Manette Street, London, WC2.  Full schedule and information – (more…)


1 Manette Street, London WC2H 0EB

Free daily readings: 1 – 1:15pm | 21 – 27 September

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Wednesday 21 September 2016, 7.00pm

Princess Julia at Soho House, London

Writer, DJ and fashion-world favourite, Princess Julia, took centre stage at Soho House to read new material and tell stories from her extraordinary life, followed by a Q&A with Pin Drop founder and curator, Simon Oldfield.

Embodying the energy of counter-culture fashion and style – Julia is a champion of the new and the other.  She is at the apex of visionary trends and a regular contributor to publications including iD and Man About Town. This event comes hot on the heels of her sell-out one-woman show at East London night spot, The Glory.

‘The first lady of London’s fashion scene’ – The Guardian

‘Princess Julia has been out every night for the past 34 years’ – Tim Banks, The Gentlewoman

Read an interview with Princess Julia by Charlie Porter here.

Photo by Owen Richards. Sponsored by Audible


Soho House 76 Dean Street, London, W1D 3SQ

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Thursday 30 June 2016, 6.30pm

Sir Peter Blake at Soho House, London

Pin Drop presents a very special evening with Sir Peter Blake, one of the most influential British artists of the 20th Century and a prominent figure in the British Pop Art movement.

Blake is perhaps best known for his iconic sleeve design for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Other key works include Self-Portrait with Badges and The First Real Target.

Blake became a Royal Academician in 1981 and was awarded a Knighthood for his services to the visual arts in 2002.

Blake will be reading a personal selection of his favourite literature, followed by an audience Q&A with Simon Oldfield.

This event is sponsored by Audible.


Soho House, 76 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1

Doors open at 6:30pm and the event begins at 7.00pm.


Friday 24 June 2016, 6.30pm

Juliet Stevenson: RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award

Join us at the Royal Academy of Arts on Friday 24th June, with the critically-acclaimed actress, Juliet Stevenson.

At this special event to celebrate the RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2016, Juliet Stevenson will announce and read the winning story selected by the judges from this year’s shortlist of excellent stories.

Barney Walsh, Under the Waves

Catherine McNamara, Pia Tortora

Cathy Thomas, Fish and Chips Season

Claire Fuller, A Quiet Tidy Man

Kirstin Zhang, Mountain Strawberries

Melanie Whipman, Silent as Storks


Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London W1J 0BD

This event is sponsored by Audible.

The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award offers a platform for emerging and established writers to showcase their short fiction. Juliet Stevenson’s narration of this year’s winning story will be recorded to join our prestigious audio archive of narrations by acclaimed authors and actors including Stephen Fry, Will Self, Sebastian Faulks and William Boyd. The judging panel includes Pin Drop Founders Elizabeth Day and Simon Oldfield, and the RA’s Artistic Director, Tim Marlow.

You can listen to last year’s winning story, Ms. Featherstone and The Beast by Bethan Roberts, with narration by Stephen Fry here.


Wednesday 18 May 2016, 6.30pm

London: Lionel Shriver at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly

Pin Drop welcomes back the award-winning author, Lionel Shriver, for a spectacular evening in the famous cinema at BAFTA, which has played host to leading international figures of film and television.

Lionel Shriver will read one of her critically-acclaimed short stories, followed by a Q&A with Pin Drop founder, Simon Oldfield.

Shriver won the 2006 Orange Prize for her gripping and extraordinary book, We Need To Talk About Kevin, which was made into a film starring Tilda Swinton.

This event is sponsored by Audible.


BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN



Saturday 7 May 2016, 7.00pm

New York: Maura Tierney at Soho House NY

Pin Drop: Live returns to New York with acclaimed actor, Maura Tierney.
At this very special event Maura will read a complete short story, followed by a Q&A.  Maura is currently starring in the award-winning television drama The Affairfor which she won a Golden Globe Award in 2016.
Pin Drop: Live in New York and LA is brought to you by Simon Oldfield in collaboration with John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke.


Soho House New York, 29-35 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014