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