Scotch & Stories: Anthill writers night


Those of you following the Anthill last year might remember our first storytelling night, Writers and Rum. We packed out Cuju bar in the hutongs (admittedly not difficult to pack out), got through nine stories and nine rums, and from what we can remember had an amazing time. This year we're doing it again, at the Beijing Bookworm on May 27th.

The night is in conjunction with the Bookworm's new Whisky Wednesdays and is sponsored by  the Beijing whisky shop Ai Whisky. We've got a fantastic line-up of six writers – reading non-fiction, confessionals, fiction and poetry – and each story will be hand-matched to a fine whisky by Anthony Tao, who runs Whisky Wednesdays and Beijing Cream. The price is 150RMB, including six whiskies, which comes in at 25RMB per scotch and is absolutely insane. Space is limited so if you want to reserve your spot email colonyemails[at] There are also non-drinking tickets available for 50RMB (40RMB for members) both in advance and at the door.

For those not in Beijing, we'll be posting the audio from the night afterwards as well as drip-feeding the stories, so you won't miss out. Here's our poster, and thanks to Marcus Pibworth (check out his blog The Jianbinger) for the illustration. We'd say something about drinking responsibility, but we're going to feed you six whiskies in one evening so it seems redundant.

Finally, do keep submitting your own stories to the colony. We've just got some very exciting news about publication of our anthology book, which will be out later this year, so get writing!