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!
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…
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!
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.
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
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.
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.