In partnership with the South Carolina Writers Association and the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce, the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center’s monthly Open Mic Night will be held at Sandies in the BCBCC (711 Bladen St., Beaufort) on Thursday, June 8, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night features short readings of 3 to 5 minutes by local writers, followed by an extended reading by a featured author. To request to read from your work during Open Mic, email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
Our featured writer for June is Helen P. Bradley, author of the newly published novel Breach of Trust. The book draws from the author’s experiences during twenty-seven years heading a nationally-recognized crime victim advocacy program. A former newspaper journalist, Helen has written curricula, essays, and articles for the National Organization for Victim Assistance, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Georgia Victim Assistance Academy. Her writing has been published in The Savannah Anthology, Savannah Magazine, The Savannah Morning News, and Law Enforcement Magazine. She volunteered for 10 years with Deep Center, a Savannah youth literacy program that won a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts award.
In August 2022, Helen won first place in a national essay contest out of a field of 55 entries. NextTribe, the “voice of women aging boldly,” sponsored the contest in which Helen’s essay, “From High Heels to Hot Wheels,” reveals how she unexpectedly became a first-time mom at the age of 52, when her husband’s two-year-old grandson came to live with them.
Learn more about the Pat Conroy Literary Center at www.patconroyliterarycenter.org.