Category Archives: Journalism

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.

Writing Out Loud

‘Every Day is Poetry Day’ is an open mic event at Hove Library tonight, arrive 6.30 for 7pm start. Guests already confirmed include Ben Graham, Rosy Carrick and Yvo Luna. For updates on live poetry nationwide, visit Write Out Loud.

Hove Library is also hosting a ‘We Love Poetry’ competition for anyone under 19. Submit your poems on the theme of ‘Home’ by next Friday, October 22. And for adults, Escalator Poetry Competition 2010 is open for entries until November 29.

Brighton Future of News, a collection of journalists, bloggers and social media fans, will take over Shoreham’s Agora (part of the Empty Shops Network) on Saturday. Come along and share stories of Shoreham on a live blog, and get advice on writing in the digital age.

And for your reading pleasure, Carol Rumens considers Bethsabe’s Song by George Peele; and a nostalgic look at Retro Girls’ Annuals.

Minority Writers’ Workshop

Guardian News & Media are looking for new voices,  as part of their commitment to the diversity of editorial content and writers. If you belong to a minority group through your ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, you can apply now for one of twenty places on a November workshop in London, with editors from the Guardian’s G2, Culture, Comment, and Society sections.

And for your reading pleasure this weekend, ‘The Dead Eyed Whispers’, a poem by ‘russiandoll’ at ABCtales.