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.
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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.
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.
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.
“I should get over this thing I have for reclusive women artists, but history provides us with so few noisy ones. I assume they were quiet because attention would destroy them; though, often unmarried, some of them had deliberate and surprising erotic lives.” – Novelist Anne Enright
And Other Stories is a community-based initiative, supporting literature in other languages through reading groups, and publishing books in translation. Here in Brighton, London Road’s Cowley Club will be discussing Caliban and the Witch, Silviana Federici‘s feminist history of the witch hunts and the place of women in the transition to capitalism, on October 21st from 6pm – check the library page for more details.
Brighton COW (Community of Writers) is currently running a short story competition – deadline November 1st.
On Sunday, October 10, at 4pm, Warning: May Contain Nuts will be performed at the Pavilion Theatre in Brighton. Tickets £6/£3. Described as a taboo-busting afternoon of story, song and comedy about mental illness, with appearances from poet John Hegley and blogger Seaneen Molloy (Secret Life of a Manic Depressive.)
For historical inspiration, The Brighton Mortiquarian is a wonderful blog uncovering the hitherto forgotten stories of all those buried in St. Nicholas’ Gardens.
For Books’ Sake is a vibrant new blog, focussing on women’s literature. Based in London, contributors include Brighton’s Alexis Somerville, and a recent article profiles Sandpiper Books (on Kensington Gardens, great for discounted arts and cultural books.)
Elsewhere in the North Laine, tomorrow, September 12, at 8pm, Iambic Arts Theatre (on Regent Street) hosts A Sporting Chance, a night of poetry, prose, music and humour from Waterloo Press, featuring memoirist John O’Donohue, poets Naomi Foyle and Bernadette Cremlin, novelist Bridget Whelan and biographer Derek Watts, all in aid of blind cricketer Dan Field‘s upcoming trip to Rwanda for charity Cricket Without Boundaries.
Last chance to see From Sickert to Gertler: Modern British Art at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, which ends tomorrow. And coming up, the Old Police Cells Museum (housed underneath Brighton Town Hall) will be conducting a special tour on Saturday, September 25, from 2-3pm. (The cells can be visited at other terms, subject to prior arrangement.)
Finally, if you’re researching our city’s past, then this series of upcoming lectures at Brighton History Centre is of interest. Topics include workhouses and court records.