Category Archives: Blogs

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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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.

The Crime Of It All

The Crime of It All, a new network for authors of crime fiction, interviews Aliya Whiteley (Light Reading), while Eight Cuts Press profiles Grace Andreacchi of Andromache Books.

Details of The Crashaw Prize for Poetry over at Salt Publishing (submit debut collections, deadline October 31.)

Here in Brighton, Waterloo Press poet Eeva Liisa Manner‘s Bright Dusky Bright is praised by Paul Stubbs at ‘Fiend Journal’. And Maria Jastrzębska marks National Poetry Day tomorrow at Sydney Street’s Pen to Paper.

Among the more interesting books reviewed this week are Clare B. Dunkle‘s House of Dead Maids (a ‘prequel’ to Wuthering Heights) and Colleen Curran‘s splendidly titled YA novel, Whores on the Hill.

And for your reading pleasure, something old (Emily Dickinson‘s What Mystery Pervades a Well!) or something new (Ian D. Smith‘s How I Came to Light up the Universe.)

May Contain Nuts, and Other Stories

“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.)

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.

A Sporting Chance

Sandpiper Books, Brighton

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.