Category Archives: Anthologies

‘My Quiet Niagara’ and a Storm Warning

'Swandown' Installation

Poet Collette Waller, whose experience of Multiple Sclerosis is the subject of her debut collection, Party Girl (£4.99 at Rosetta Live), is profiled in The Guardian this week.

Storm Warning, a short story collection by Vanessa Gebbie, launches at the Nightingale Theatre (above Grand Central) tomorrow, November 23, at 6pm (free admission, pay bar.)

Submissions wanted for Unthank Books’ annual ‘Unthology’, and Urban District Writer zine. The Writers and Artists Short Story Competition and the Warren Adler Short Story Contest are open until early 2011, while the winning entries in Brighton & Hove Libraries’ We Love Poetry have been announced.

Over at Jubilee Library, historian Frank Flood will be talking about Brighton’s cinemas on Thursday 25th at 7pm (£3), and for teens, a Manga Workshop on Saturday 27th, 11-12.30 (free, book in advance.)

Brighton, as featured in Peter James’ Roy Grace series, is named among Maxim Jakubowski’s Top Ten Crime Locations, while a trailer for the 2011 film adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock (set amid the Mods and Rockers riots of 1964) has just been released.

Today’s photo is part of the Swandown Installation, a collaboration between author Ian Sinclair and film-maker Andrew Kotting, on view at the Regency Town House tonight at 6pm (£4, limited). ‘Shoot the Poets’, showcasing original projects by writers, film-makers and performers, is on Wednesday 24th at 8pm, Electric Palace cinema, Hastings (£5).

And for your reading pleasure, a poem (‘You’re Not Cool Enough to Be in My Band’ by John Osborne, Popshots) and a short story (‘For Murder, Just Add Water’ by Ian D. Smith, The New Flesh.)


Made in Sussex, For Sussex


An interview with Katy Ramsay of Brighton’s Pegasaurus Publishing, currently seeking poems with a local theme.

The Legacy Spoken Word event, part of Black History Month, is at the Red Roaster, St James St, tomorrow from 8-10:30pm (£6). If you can’t make it, there will be a final spoken word (and music) event next Thursday, October 28. And the Writing Our Legacy blog is still accepting submissions.

Ellen de Vries heads a ‘Poetry Day’ workshop at Evolution Arts this Sunday, October 24, £45-£38. Among the upcoming, all-day workshops from My Creative Nature are ‘Writing the Elements‘ (November 7, £30)  and ‘Successful Short Stories’ (November 13, £30.)

Points of Fiction is a series of monthly all-day writing workshops at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. £35-£50 per session, tutors include Stella Duffy and Bernadine Evaristo.

Creative Choices is a website for anyone who works in the arts, or aspires to. Register now for updates in your field of interest. Mark Brown, editor of One in Four magazine, is building a Wiki listing all UK publications written for, and by, people with mental health difficulties. Send your suggestions to Mentalhealthvoices.

The International Rubery Book Award is now accepting submissions of indie and self-published works. Authors and publishers may apply, entry fee £35. And the free-to-enter Eric Gregory Trust Award for poets closes on October 31.

On a sombre note, an article in yesterday’s Guardian highlights the urgent campaign to save Britain’s libraries, among the many public services under threat of government cuts.

And don’t forget, National Novel Writing Month is coming up in November.

Everyone’s Sense of the World is Invaluable

Everyone’s Sense of the World is Invaluable, an anthology of work submitted by Guardian readers to the Poster Poems blog, is now available at Blurb. This interactive writing workshop is still running, and this week’s challenge focuses on epigrams.

The recent evening of open mic poetry at Hove Library is reviewed in today’s Argus, while Brighton Future of News Group (BFong) are resident at Shoreham’s Agora (part of the Empty Shop Network) all day, so either drop in or visit their live blog for advice on webby stuff and to share stories and mementoes of Shoreham.

Excursions Journal, an online project at the University of Sussex, is currently seeking papers on all matters viral.

Chris Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing is preparing to launch a new romance imprint, Embrace Books. And Femministas report that Sweet Love London are looking for a writer of romantic short stories, for a regular website feature.

Write Jobs highlight a free flash fiction contest from the Limerick Writers’ Centre, Ireland. Another poetry mag to watch is the West Midlands-based Urban District Writer.

The Guardian is planning a new dedicated website for young readers, and are looking for contributors.

Sadly, the Public Lending Right body is the latest casualty of the coalition’s ‘Bonfire of the Quangoes’, though Culture Minister Ed Vaizey insists that author royalties will continue to be paid. Over at the Society of Authors website is a list of current arts campaigns, including Save the Arts.

If you’re feeling utterly depressed, take solace in the news that former PM Tony Blair is nominated for this year’s Bad Sex Award, after the recent publication of his autobiography, A Journey.

Is letter-writing a dying art? Perhaps not, says Robert McCrum, so don’t delete your literary emails just yet. Among the weekend’s more interesting book reviews are Crawdaddy‘s take on Women of the Underground: Music by Zora von Burden (Manic D Press), and a classic of social commentary, Henry Mayhew‘s London Labour and the London Poor.

And finally, for your reading pleasure this weekend, Simon Armitage‘s ‘The Present‘ is winner of the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize.

Writing Our Legacy

St Nicholas Gardens - Helen Diamantopoulo, 2004

Submissions wanted on ‘legacy’ for October’s Brighton & Hove Black History Month.

Two new competitions for unpublished novelists open this week. In Brighton, the Sussex Writers’ Awards; and for women only, the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize 2011.

For historical inspiration, The Brighton Mortiquarian is a wonderful blog uncovering the hitherto forgotten stories of all those buried in St. Nicholas’ Gardens.

New writing from members of Authonomy, the online writers’ community from Harper Collins, who have produced a new anthology of erotica, Dancing in the Dark, released by Night Publishing.

Wise Words aboard the Lightship

Lightship Publishing, an independent based in Hull, has announced new competitions in short stories, poetry, flash fiction and first chapters.

The Wise Words blog is currently seeking authors for online interviews – POD/Indie/Self-Publishers all welcome. (See also the US-based Self-Publishing Resources, from the author of Writers’ Digest’s recently-updated guide to this growing field.)

If you’re interested in new writing and other good causes, Bridge House Publishing’s 100 Stories for Haiti is now available in paperback and as an E-book.

Too many adjectives? Try Mslexia‘s September workshop now. And here in Brighton, Wendy Ann Greenhalgh’s My Creative Nature workshops now have their own blogsite.

Incwriters and Indigo Dreams

Incwriters are seeking small presses and zines to review. Adele Ward of Ward Wood Publishing is now heading the Save Our Presses campaign at Incwriters, and September’s guest blogger is the dual-language literary cultural journal, Tadeeb International. Also at Incwriters, Edward Picot has blogged about e-books.

Ronnie Goodyer’s new indie press, Indigo Dreams, will be releasing fiction from Charlie Hill and Seema Gill, poetry from Patrick Osada, Anne Lewis-Smith and poetic Indian travelogue from Robert Leach in October. Currently seeking submissions of poetry and prose on the theme of ‘walks’ for their upcoming Visible Breath anthology.

Roman Holiday Blues

Iain Sinclair writes in today’s Guardian about his home at Marine Court, an Art Deco block in St Leonard’s, Sussex, built to resemble the Queen Mary. Postcards From the 7th Floor, Sinclair’s poetic collaboration with artist Oona Grimes, will be published by Pighog Press in October.

Emergency Verse: Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State is an anthology from Caparison Ebooks, compiled in response to the public spending cuts proposed by David Cameron’s coalition government.

Edited by Alan Morrison (writer in residence at Hove’s Mill View Hospital), Emergency Verse includes poems by Michael Horowitz, Michael Rosen, and Alexis Lykiard.

Brighton poet Jan Bradley’s ‘Shaving the Lion’, also included in Emergency Verse, is available as an audio clip on the Guardian website today. Bradley’s own debut pamphlet, published by Creative Future, will be launched at Brighton’s Amnesty Bookshop on October 8 at 7pm.

And for your reading pleasure, Ian D. Smith’s latest flash fiction, Roman Holiday Blues, is now up at Ink Sweat & Tears .