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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!

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


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
  • 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 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

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 and like us.

We’re also exploring new territories outside of Facebook-land. We’re proud owners of 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).

See you on 16 May!

Dates for your diary: Flash-lit Fiction 11 September & Grit Lit 9 December

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We’re please to announce a very special evening that we’re organising with Story Studio, which is an experimental night bring together literary world and digital worlds together under one roof, as part of the Brighton Digital Festival, which runs throughout September.

Please get involved, come down and Tweet your comments or stories to us.

A save the date is our second Grit Lit for this year. It will be held on Friday 9 December at Redroaster Coffee House, St James’ Street, Brighton 7.45pm-10pm, plus drinks after. A line up and further information to follow shortly.

Flash-Lit Fiction: a slam & other experiments: Sunday 11 September 2011, 7pm – 10pm, drinks til late 

Sticky Mike’s Frog Shop, 9-12 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL

An evening of short shorts, flash writing and digital technologies. At the heart of the event is a 300-word flash fiction slam competition and an online Twitter story competition, with competitors battling it out for fame and glory.

Twitter & slam winners will be announced on the night. Judging panels include our fine selves, Richard Hearn from Paragraph Planet ( and Myriad Editions (

One week away….12 May Grit Lit!

It’s the final week before we take over our favorite coffee house in Kemptown. Tim and I are doing double time, checking in with all the writers, and also making sure we’re secure for our equipment and night track list.

One of the features of the night is soliciting song requests from writers, which will form part of the night’s soundtrack. It makes for eclectic listening. Last time (in deepest darkest snowy December) we had Irish dirges mixed with 90s grunge meets yacht rock. You really never know with these writers!

Here’s a sneak preview of Neil, one of our ‘stars’ for the nights. I say this because we have two freshly published books from our lot, which is even more reason to get on the rooftops and shout on their behalf.

The other newly published is Ed Siegle, who’s on Brighton & Hove publisher Myriad Editions. We’re big fans of their work – well chosen.

Here’s Neil. It’s his Penguin book promotional video. Lovely. 

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