Monday 12 December 2016, 4.24pm

Pin Drop Podcast: A C Grayling

Pin Drop welcomed back A. C. Grayling – one of the leading thinkers of our time – for a special event at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Forming part of the official events programme for the landmark exhibition Abstract Expressionism, A. C. Grayling joined Pin Drop to read one a selection of his own stories and mini-essays, before an enlightening Q&A with the audience, chaired by 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.

Wednesday 14 September 2016, 2.34pm

Pin Drop Film: Maura Tierney in New York

Watch a live recording of critically-acclaimed actress, Maura Tierney reading at Pin Drop: Live in New York. At this very special event at Soho House New York, Maura read Like Rabbits by Bethan Roberts.

Maura is currently starring in the award-winning television drama The Affair, for which she won a Golden Globe Award in 2016.

Pin Drop: in New York and LA is brought to you by Simon Oldfield in collaboration with John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke.

Thursday 21 July 2016, 3.00pm

Pin Drop Podcast: Juliet Stevenson at the Royal Academy and Pin Drop Short Story Award 2016

Listen to a live recording of award-winning actress, Juliet Stevenson, announcing and reading the winning story of the RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2016, A Quiet Tidy Man by Claire Fuller.

Juliet Stevenson presented the award to Claire Fuller at a special event hosted against the historic backdrop of the Reynolds Room at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Monday 20 June 2016, 12.40pm

Pin Drop Podcast: Sir Peter Blake

Listen to a live recording of iconic British artist, Sir Peter Blake reading at Soho House, Dean Street.

At this very special event, Peter read the opening and closing passages from a selection of his favourite literary works, including classic works from The Great Gatsby and The Wizard of Oz, to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ulysses. This was followed by a Q&A with Pin Drop founder Simon Oldfield in front of a captivated audience.

Thursday 2 June 2016, 3.56pm

Pin Drop Podcast: Lionel Shriver Live at BAFTA

Listen to a live recording of award-winning author Lionel Shriver reading at BAFTA 195.

At this very special event in the iconic Princess Ann Theatre at BAFTA, Lionel read one of her own unpublished short stories, The ChapStick, exclusively for Pin Drop. This was followed by a Q&A chaired by Pin Drop co-founder Simon Oldfield.

Lionel Shriver is the international bestselling author of Orange Prize-winning novel We Need To Talk About Kevin and new novel The Mandibles.

On reading for Pin Drop, Shriver commented;

“It is especially gratifying to be able to read a whole story, which is a fuller experience for both the writer and listener than a novel extract.”

Monday 23 May 2016, 5.27pm

Maura Tierney: Live at Pin Drop New York

Listen to a live recording of critically-acclaimed actress, Maura Tierney reading at Pin Drop: Live in New York.

At this very special event, Pin Drop’s first in New York, Maura read Like Rabbits by Bethan Roberts. This was followed by a Q&A in front of a full house at Soho House, New York.

Maura is currently starring in the award-winning television drama The Affair, for which she won a Golden Globe Award in 2016.

Pin Drop: in New York and LA is brought to you by Simon Oldfield in collaboration with John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke.

Friday 15 April 2016, 5.09pm

Selma Blair: Live at Soho House West Hollywood

Listen to a live recording of Hollywood actor, Selma Blair, reading Ms. Featherstone and the Beast by Bethan Roberts.  This live recording was made on 7th April at Soho House West Hollywood, where Selma captivated the audience with her wonderful reading. Ms Featherstone and the Beast is the winning entry from the first RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award.

Selma has starred in numerous films and television dramas since first gaining attention for her performance in Cruel Intentions, a retelling of the classic novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses.  She can currently be seen starring in the first season of American Crime Story, playing Kris Jenner in The People v. O. J. Simpson. 

Photos of the evening can be seen here.

Friday 1 April 2016, 8.09am

Ben Okri Live at Pin Drop at the Royal Academy of Arts

Listen to Booker Prize-winning author, Ben Okri, reading live at Pin Drop at the Royal Academy of Arts on 26th February during the landmark exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse.  Okri reads a collection of his magical poetry and Stokus, followed by an audience Q&A.  More information here.

 

 

Monday 8 February 2016, 3.24pm

Dame Sian Phillips: Live at Pin Drop

Listen to a live recording of critically-acclaimed British actress, Dame Sian Phillips, reading The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant.  Phillips is perhaps best known for starring in the adaptation of Robert Graves’s novel I, Claudius, for which she won the 1977 BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress. She also appeared opposite Peter O’Toole in Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Murphy’s War, and opposite Richard Burton in Becket. She is also known for playing Lady Ann in the original BBC dramas Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People. Phillips also has numerous theatre credits include performances at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and most recently in Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre.

“I would like to say what a pleasure it was for me to take part in a Pin Drop evening. The short story is at times regarded as somehow old-fashioned and it is thrilling to be a part of the revival!” – Dame Sian Phillips

Thursday 19 November 2015, 12.49pm

David Nicholls: Live at Soho House, London

Listen to David Nicholls reading at Pin Drop from his latest novel, Us, followed by a Q&A. This podcast was recorded on 11 November 2015 at a live event hosted by Pin Drop at Soho House, 76 Dean Street.

“One of the most enjoyable events I’ve ever attended. A beautiful venue, an attentive audience, real enthusiasm for the written word –  I loved it.”  – David Nicholls