Category Archives: Authors

Grit Lit and More

Photo by Simon Dack

Tonight from 7-9pm, a meet-up for all local reporters and bloggers at Community Base, Queens Road. Subjects under discussion include online writers and the law.

The final Grit Lit of 2010 is at the Red Roaster, St James St, on Friday at 7.45pm (book in advance or £5 on door.) Performers include John O’Donoghue (Sectioned), Akila, Louise Halvardsson, Amy Riley, Tim Lay, Dan Holloway, Erinna Mettler and Rob Paraman.

Updates on the latest publications from Waterloo Press are on Facebook, and they will be holding a Christmas Party at the Iambic Theatre, Gardner St, on December 16  at 8pm.

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Ministry of Secrets

Weight: Three Stories About Secrets, tonight at the Con Club, Lewes, is a performance piece by author Catherine Smith, who has adapted three of her short stories for the stage. (8pm, £7.)

Mslexia‘s Short Story Competition is now open, entry £10, international, women only. For inspiration, try these specially devised writing exercises.

In The Guardian this week, Frances Booth reports on Nick Hornby’s new enterprise for children, the Ministry of Stories.

Winding Keys, Workshops and More

Jan Bradley‘s debut poetry collection with Creative Future, The Winding Keys, will be launched tomorrow at the Amnesty Bookshop, Sidney Street, 7pm. And here’s a list of upcoming workshops from Creative Future:

Creative Writing

Brighton 1st Dec – LIVE! Writing Taster 12-2 at MIND, 51 New England Street, – free please let Dominique know if you plan to attend.

Horsham Nov 23 and Dec 7, 1-3pm St John’s Church, 3 Springfield Road – £3 per session

Worthing – 17, 24 Nov 1-4pm, Mind Worthing, The Hollies, 83 Little High St – free –please let Dominique know if you plan to attend

Art

Crawley Nov 22, Dec 6, 20,  12-2pm Crawley Library, Southgate Ave – £5 per session

Bognor Nov 17, 24, Dec 1,8, 15, 1-3pm 28 Sudley Road, Bognor – free – art & photography sessions.

Finally, if you or someone you know receive self-directed support (SDS) payments (available for those who access mental health services in West Sussex), you can now apply for a place on Creative Future’s mentoring scheme.

 

 

Imagination of the Heart

‘Imagination of the Heart’, the final Ace Stories event in the ‘Speaking of the South’ series, takes place tomorrow at 4pm, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. It complements the exhibition, ‘Myths, Manners and Memory: Photographers of the American South’, which runs until January 3. Actress Kathryn Pogson (Brazil, Company of Wolves, The Arbor) will read from the works of author Barry Gifford, with blues from Sandy Dillon, and a screening of Gifford’s 1990 collaboration with David Lynch, Wild at Heart. Tickets £3.

‘Word, Image, Sound’ is the latest event in Sussex CCE’s ‘Arts & Minds’ series, at InQBate on Wednesday, November 10, at 5pm.  Includes ‘A Different Sea’, a filmed poem sequence by Abi Curtis and Kim Lasky, and  ‘The Lonely Queen & The White Hart’, a preview of collaborative works by Lewes artist Grace Dunford and writer River Jones.

The Daily Telegraph are currently running a Ghost Story Writing Competition, while Short Story Radio have just announced their Short Story Romance Radio Award for 2011. The Stylist are running a series of daily ‘microfiction’ contests, until November 9. Submit stories of up to 100 words.

‘Canongate Classics’ is a new range of Scottish literature, available in paperback and as E-books. Crime novelist Cathi Unsworth will appear at London’s Ladyfest Ten on November 12.

For inspiration this weekend, try Mslexia‘s workshop exercises on the topic of shoes. And for your reading pleasure, a poem by John Cornford (1915-36), set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War.

Neither Sense nor Sensibility

 

Frank Flood, one of Backstage Brighton‘s writers, will give a free talk and slideshow at Waterstone’s, opposite Brighton clocktower, on Tuesday, October 26, at 7:30pm.

Ed Siegle, whose debut novel, Invisibles, will be published by Myriad Editions next March, will appear at the Sparks Flash Fiction Night, upstairs at Three and Ten on Steine Street, Tuesday November 2 at 8pm.

The Brit Writers’ Awards are now taking submissions from unpublished authors – stories, poems and songs considered. The Sunday Times Short Story Competition closes on Saturday.

‘Fiction Uncovered’ is a new initiative aimed at promoting unheralded writers. Nominations are now open, and eight writers will benefit from a nationwide marketing campaign in 2011.

The life of Andrea Dunbar (Rita, Sue and Bob Too) is remembered in a new film, The Arbor, while Sarah Kane‘s 1995 play, Blasted, is revived at the Lyric Hammersmith, London.

Among this week’s book releases are a new biography of Karen Carpenter, while Jane Austen (of all people) gets a rather unkind, posthumous drubbing for her shabby grammar. In today’s Guardian, Jonathan Jones defends her honour.

Now I’m not a huge Austen fan myself, but really – if Jane wasn’t a genius, where does that leave the rest of us?

I Have Waited, and You Have Come

Martine McDonagh, whose novel, I Have Waited, and You Have Come, is published by Brighton’s Myriad Editions, heads a line-up including fellow novelist Matthew Loukes and singer-songwriter Michael J. Sheehy, appearing tomorrow night at the latest Ace Stories event (Hotel Pelirocco, 6pm, £3.) For updates, see their Facebook page.

New from Queenspark Books (also on Facebook) this month is Backstage Brighton, tracing the history of theatregoing in Brighton through oral history and vintage photographs.

Finally, are you jaded with politics? Then read Voting, by Yalda at the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

The Last Letter

Artwork by Tracy Emin

From Sussex Writers’ Network: Small well-established writers group (graduates of Sussex Creative writing certificate in 2008) looking for fourth member for monthly feedback sessions. If interested, email peter@jcm.co.uk

Erotic literature submissions wanted now for ‘The Itch Presents: Read Dirty to Me’ at Ladyfest 10.

In tomorrow’s Guardian, William Boyd profiles the new Nobel laureate, Mario Vargas Llosa, while The New Statesman publishes ‘The Last Letter’, a poem by Ted Hughes on the night of Sylvia Plath’s death.