Category Archives: Festivals

After Visiting Hours

The last Ace Stories event for 2010 is at the Hotel Pelirocco tomorrow, Sunday November 13 at 6pm, featuring James Miller, Jeff Sheppard, and Brighton-based author Louise Halvardsson. (Louise’s work will also be featured in ‘Into the Dark’, a night of short stories, read by actors at the New Venture Theatre, next Friday, November 19, at 7.45 pm. Submit stories of up to 1500 words to by Thursday.)

At the Brighton Dome on Thursday November 18 at 7.30pm, former Labour MP Clare Short talks to the Egyptian feminist author Nawal El Saadawi. And the Storyville Women Writer’s Festival is at the Dome next weekend, featuring talks by Jackie Kay, Lionel Shriver and Ali Smith.

‘3000 Words to Change the World’ is a short story competition just launched by Quilliant, the online writers’ community, in aid of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.

Finally, don’t miss Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel‘s account of a recent experience of life as a hospital patient, ‘After Visiting Hours’, in today’s Guardian.


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.

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

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.


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.)

Small Wonders

'Remnants' by Su Blackwell, Bronte Parsonage Museum

James Burt and Ellen de Vries are running the first of the Brighton Creative Writing sessions (‘Writing and Painting From Life’) on Saturday at New England House. Tickets are £20, please pre-book online or call 07709546714.

Or if you feel like getting away from it all, why not visit the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, Yorkshire, whose first Festival of Women’s Writing takes place this weekend, with Kate Mosse and Carol Ann Duffy dropping by.

Coming on September 23-26, the ‘Small Wonder’ Short Story Festival at Charleston, East Sussex, promises appearances by A.S. Byatt, Alexei Sayle, Stella Duffy, and Michele Roberts.