Category Archives: Reading

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.


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.