Writers and musicians will gather Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach for Eight Songs and Eight Stories, an unusual version of the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild ongoing monthly reading series. The music and readings will begin at 7 p.m. and end by 8:30.
Typically, at the guild’s Nights of Literary Prose, Poetry and Song, writers read a brief excerpt of poetry or prose that connects to a given theme, with one or two musicians performing songs that also correspond to the theme. But Nov. 19, musicians Stuart Vining of Big Hat No Cattle and Amy Felker, owner of the Lewes Bake Shoppe, will perform eight different songs, everything from the Beatles' “Looking Through You” to James Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind” to England Dan and John Ford Coley’s “Nights are Forever.” Each song will be preceded by a brief reading (under 300 words) that uses that song’s title in an original work of prose or poetry.
“We simply gave the titles to various writers and asked them to see what they could come up with,” said writers’ guild Executive Director Maribeth Fischer, who will emcee the night. “I’ve seen this done with writing and painting - a writer composing a piece loosely based on or inspired by a work of art, and I’ve seen painters create something based on a poem, so this is just an offshoot of that. I have no idea what will happen.”
As with all third Tuesday Nights of Literary Prose, Poetry and Song held at Dogfish in the off-season, the event is free and open to the public, although RSVPs are appreciated at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will be held in the upstairs room at Dogfish, and food and drinks are served throughout the event.
For more information about the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild, a nonprofit 501c3 association dedicated to nurturing and promoting writers throughout Delmarva, or to inquire about membership, weekly Free Writes! or any other ongoing events, go to www.rehobothbeachwritersguild.com.