Category Archives: Lectures

‘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.)

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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.