Category Archives: Short Stories

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.

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‘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.)

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 brightonnewshound@hotmail.co.uk 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.

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?

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.