Tag Archives: Ian D. Smith

‘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.)


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.)

Roman Holiday Blues

Iain Sinclair writes in today’s Guardian about his home at Marine Court, an Art Deco block in St Leonard’s, Sussex, built to resemble the Queen Mary. Postcards From the 7th Floor, Sinclair’s poetic collaboration with artist Oona Grimes, will be published by Pighog Press in October.

Emergency Verse: Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State is an anthology from Caparison Ebooks, compiled in response to the public spending cuts proposed by David Cameron’s coalition government.

Edited by Alan Morrison (writer in residence at Hove’s Mill View Hospital), Emergency Verse includes poems by Michael Horowitz, Michael Rosen, and Alexis Lykiard.

Brighton poet Jan Bradley’s ‘Shaving the Lion’, also included in Emergency Verse, is available as an audio clip on the Guardian website today. Bradley’s own debut pamphlet, published by Creative Future, will be launched at Brighton’s Amnesty Bookshop on October 8 at 7pm.

And for your reading pleasure, Ian D. Smith’s latest flash fiction, Roman Holiday Blues, is now up at Ink Sweat & Tears .