Announcing The Insulting Cabaret’s Romance Novel Amnesty

Send us your Mills & Boon!

Do you have a guilty secret stashed on your bookshelf? Some Barbara Cartland bosom-heavers in the selection of stuff you picked up at the car boot sale? A dusty pile of Georgette Heyer in your attic that you claim came with the house? It?s time to come clean.

We need your Mills and Boon novels, your Silhouette smut, your bad romances with cheesy titles and even cheesier covers for The Insulting Cabaret at Southwark Playhouse on Friday 16th April at 9pm.

This year our compere Ross Sutherland will be hosting an intoxicating mix of music, poetry, comedy and spoken word from around the world under the banner Love vs Hate. You know us, we like to take a theme to its extreme, so your books may get read, they may get made into paperchains, who knows? But you?ll get a warm feeling knowing they?re going towards a good cause and a great evening.

So next time you?re passing a charity shop or jumble sale have a forage for us and if you do manage to acquire any, please let us know via and we?ll arrange to collect them from you. We need as many novels as we can lay our hands on before the event on the 16th April so get searching and purging!

The Insulting Cabaret is produced by the hub. It?s part of International PEN?s Free the Word! festival of world literature, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the organisation Writers in Prison. For more information and to buy tickets visit