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)

Grit Lit 6. December 9.

Time to Grit up for winter with our December 9th session at the Redroaster in Brighton, featuring another batch of writers throwing down their sharpest tales.

Fine talent, great writing and a well stocked bar beckon! You can get advance tickets here: http://gritlitdec2011.eventbrite.co.uk/

We are especially pleased to welcome Nina de la Mer, who will be reading from her debut novel, 4am (Myriad Editions):

Set in the early 1990s on a British army base, 4a.m. tells the story of Cal and Manny, soldiers posted to Germany as army chefs. Bored and institutionalized, the pair soon succumb to the neon temptations of Hamburg’s red-light district, where they dive into a seedy world of recreational drugs and all-night raves.

Also looking forward to seeing Erinna Mettler return to the Grit Lit stage, reading from her debut novel Starlings (Revenge Ink).

A daisy-chain novel set in the city of Brighton. Disparate lives collide in surprising ways, showing that often people are not in control of their own destinies, but are shaped by those they live next to.

Other readers on the night are short story writers  James Burt, Chris Callard and Joe Evans.

As usual, Grit Lit hosts Amy Riley/ Tim Lay, and compere,  Geoff Westby will be steering the night through gritty waters!

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

Photo: Scribe, 2011

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 (http://www.paragraphplanet.com) and Myriad Editions (http://www.myriadeditions.com/).

Nicely Fringed!

Big thanks to everyone who came down to Grit Lit 5.  Another sold out fringe event!

Thanks also to our fabulous writers: Neil Ansell, Stephanie Lam, Dan Holloway, Ed Siegle, Wendy Anne Grenhalgh, Steve Cak and Dan Tsu (please see the writer’s profile section for more information).

Next Brighton Grit Lit will be in December. Hope to see you there!

Writing with Bite