On the fringes of Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe

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We’re super excited for our next Grit Lit on 8 May, which is also our 6th birthday.

Once again we have a stellar line up – including Carl Loben, an Editor over at DJ Mag, who’s going to talk to us about his reporting at Castlemorton rave in 1991, the party that kicked off the Criminal Justice Bill.

We are equally delighted to host some of Brighton’s finest writers and poets – including Jimmy ‘The Stitch’ McGee, who is literally famous from Hammer & Tongue nights, the awesome Laura Wilkinson who will be reading from her latest novel, filmmaker and author Jonathan Glendening.

From further afield, we have the talented Portsmouth-based author Lynne E Blackwood, who will be reading a chilling story from her repertoire. Not to be missed!

Advance ticket are now on sale from Eventbrite for only £5 – we fill up quick, you’ve been warned!   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grit-lit-no-11-thursday-8-may-2014-tickets-11124251937

See you down front!

Date for your electronic diary: 8 May 2014

Hey folks, we’ve fixed a date for our next Grit Lit.

Put Thursday 8 May, Redroaster Coffeehouse, St James’ Street, Brighton – doors 7.45, start 8pm, goes on until 10pm in that diary to get your dose of stories from the edge.

We are accepting submissions until 1 March – for more details, see https://gritlit.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/submissions-now-accepted-for-may-2013-grit-lit/


Submissions now accepted for May 2014 Grit Lit

Hi folks

Just a little heads up that there is still time to impress us with your grittiest stories for a chance to be part of our May 2014 Grit Lit showcase.

Tim and I are currently putting the line up together. A date will be set soon.

Here are the rules:

  • 1500-2000 words max
  • Fiction and non-fiction accepted.
  • All genres fine, but we’re looking for a literary slant rather than a mainstream bestseller.
  • Doesn’t matter if you haven’t been published and don’t have an agent – our night is about presenting quality writing with a “Grit Lit” edge.
  • Email your submission to gritlit@gmail.com
  • We will email you back to say whether your piece is right for the night
  • Even if you don’t get through, please come down on the night – there’s some good networking to be had!

We will let you know if you’re in the May line up – or not – by 15 March at the latest.

Expect another raucous, but humourous night of tales from the wrong side of the tracks for our Brighton fringe of the Fringe special.

In the meantime, have a lovely Xmas, thanks for your support over the past 5 years and we’ll see you in the new year!

December 2013 Grit Lit – back with a vengeance

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Grit Lit returns for our winter session in December. Think of it as something of a grimy Christmas special… We have top notch writing from the excellent Jonny Gibbings, author of Malice in Blunderland (currently being filmed for movie release in 2014), Jonathan Kemp (London Triptych) and Radio 4 playwrite and Short Fuse founder, Tara Gould. They are joined by the excellent up and coming literary talents of Karen Pierce, Michele Baker and Tom Briars. Redroaster, Brighton. December 5th. 7.45 – 10pm. It’ll be good…

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Grit Lit 8: December 6th 2012. Confirmed lineup.

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Sex Drugs and Rockin’ Prose…

We are most pleased to announce a stonking line up for December’s Grit Lit – a clash of fiction and non fiction that promises to deliver a sizeable bite! (and more AKAs than you can shake a stick at!). Get your advance tickets here! http://gritlit6dec2012.eventbrite.co.uk/

Brandon Block. Superstar DJ, clubland legend, caner extraordinaire…. Brandon has lived a colourful life and we get to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth (via his biography The Life and Lines of Brandon Block, written by Matt  Trollope)

Nina De La Mer, author of rave inspired 4.am. reads from her novel in progress.
Simon Nolan (AKA Simon Maginn), acclaimed horror writer, reads from his novel Whitehawk.
Brian Bell (AKA Charlie McQuaker) songwriter and author of Die Hard Mod.
Colette Berhardt, Guardian journalist and winner of the 2011 Digital Festival’s Flash Lit Fiction slam.
Mathilda Gregory (AKA Mathilde Madden), comedy writer for the BBC.

The Redroaster, St James St, Brighton. December 6th. 7.45-10pm





Grit Lit 8: Sex, Drugs and Rockin Prose. 6/12/12

We’re delighted to announce a classic line up for our winter Grit Lit session at Brighton’s Redroaster!
Confirmed guests:

Ibiza legend Brandon Block, legendary DJ and legendary caner who will be reading from The Life & Lines Of Brandon Block.

4.am. author, Nina De La Mer, reading an extract from her novel in progress.

One of Brighton’s finest, horror and psychological thriller writer Simon Nolan.

Grit Lit presents Flash Lit Fiction as part of Brighton Digital Festival with our friends Story Studio and Paragraph Planet

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Don’t miss this great night – 12 flash fiction competitors battle it out in 3 heats until there’s 1 ultimate victor. Plus we’re running our popular Twitter story competition. Just use #flf12.

Flash Lit Fiction, 16 September, 7-10pm, £5 advance tickets, free all night in the bar. Advance tickets from flashlitfiction12.eventbrite.co.uk/

See you there!

Our May 2012 poster, in all its glory

Our May 2012 poster, in all its glory

Starting to get busy, talking to the writers, hearing more about what they’re doing and getting ready for May ourselves.

Now that Facebook’s Timeline is about to kick in, we thought we’d start hunting down old photos from years past and posting those. Have any? Get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. Go check out our page http://www.facebook.com/GritLit?ref=ts and like us.

We’re also exploring new territories outside of Facebook-land. We’re proud owners of http://flavors.me/gritlit. More to follow!

Grit Lit returns to Brighton Festival Fringe 2012!

Hey all

We’re chuffed to tell you that we have a confirmed date for the next Grit Lit, where we will be making our twice-yearly appearance: Wednesday 16 May 2012 Thursday 10 May 2012 (long story, we’ll tell you over a beer after the show).

It promises to be a cracker of a night with two strong female authors confirmed already for the bill.

Brighton novelist and music industry veteran Martine McDonagh will be reading from her 2006 debut novel I have waited, and you have come (Myriad Editions), which excitedly has seen another reprint this year. A post-apocalyptic world, an outsider called Rachel fends for herself – she  is drawn to a man and enters a strange world of being stalked and stalking. A wonderful book, which we will have copies of on sale at the night.

Caroline Rance, author of historical novel Kill Grief, returns to the Grit Lit stage reading from her soon to be published second novel.  We are super excited for another lively reading from Caroline, who manages to expertly craft a compelling, saucy narrative with detailed knowledge about historical medicine practice.

We have 6 other high quality writers to confirm, which we will do very shortly. The night, as always, is graced by the comedic airs of our compere, Mr Geoff Westby and your hosts, myself, Amy Riley, and Tim Lay.

Advanced tickets at early bird rates can be purchased now here. We recommend early booking to avoid disappointment (or standing all night). http://gritlit16may2012.eventbrite.co.uk

See you on 16 May!

Until May…

Thanks to all the writers for contributing to a cracking Grit Lit 6. Performances can be viewed here

Grit Lit will return as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe in May 2012.

In the meantime, if you write with grit then do submit.

(details on our submissions page)

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