Grit Lit No 2 press release – 3 December 2009, Red Roaster, Brighton

Eight writers throw down their sharpest tales. They include Isabel Ashdown, Tim Lay, Amy Riley, Chris Callard, Ed Siegel, Jake Kennedy, Emma Gray and Tara Gould.

GRIT LIT is especially pleased to present Isabel Ashdown, whose critically acclaimed and award-winning first novel Glasshopper (Myriad Editions) tells the story of 13-year-old Jake, growing up in 1980s Portsmouth, and his tragically alcoholic mother Mary and how their family struggle to hold together despite the mistakes of the past and the pressures of the present.

Expect tales of drugs and gangsters at the Marina, a bereaving mother who becomes possessed, a missing person hunt throughout Brazil’s poverty-stricken favelas, a black artist in New York whose downward spiral lands him in the city’s infamous Sing-Sing prison, and more.

This distinctly un-luvvy event takes place at the Red Roaster Coffee House in Brighton on Thursday 3rd December, 7.45pm – 10pm. Admission is £5. Licensed bar and the best hot chocolate in town. 1d St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RE

For more information about GRIT LIT, please contact:

Tim Lay /Amy Riley

Featured writers

Isabel Ashdown

Isabel’s first novel Glasshopper won the  2008 Mail on Sunday Novel Competition. She is the recipient of the Hugo Donnelly Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Isabel lives in Chichester with her husband and two children and is currently working on her second novel.

Tim Lay 

Author of The Sewerside Chronicles, winner of the 2007 Undiscovered Authors prize. Featured in anthologies for QueenSpark and Phoenix Publishing, Zero Tolerance, a collection of his short stories is published by Discovered Authors in spring 2010.

Amy Riley

Contributor to various electronic music sites including UK drum n bass/bass-heavy site Knowledge, New York-based Trash Menagerie, and editor for Brighton Fusion. She is also a short story writer (QueenSpark Books) and her art essays and features have appeared in various publications and websites. Her monthly literary show Writers Hub comes out on Radio Reverb 97.2FM.

Chris Callard

Chris has had stories published in Aesthetica magazine, a short story anthology from Earlyworks Press and in 3AM Magazine and Dogmatika.

Jake Kennedy

Former music journalist and writer of the acclaimed biography Division And The Making of Unknown Pleasure, Jake now writes fiction which can be found on his popular blog and in Hyperkinetic, the upcoming short story anthology from Phoenix Publishing.

Ed Siegle

Novelist and writer of numerous short stories, including “On The Level” published in The Illustrated Brighton Moment anthology and “Nine Lives, One Life, which won the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Prize.

Tara Gould

Writes short stories and plays. She has won two awards for her short fiction and has had plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She runs Short Fuse, a short fiction cabaret, at Komedia and in Hastings.

Emma Gray

Emma is a short story writer whose writing reveals and unnerves; her stories give a glimpse into off-kilter realities with completely honest characters. Be prepared to flinch. She is currently working on her first novel.


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