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:

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 ( and Myriad Editions (

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!

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. 

check in at Facebook or buy your advanced tix here

Fringe line up…

We are very pleased to announce our line up for Thursday May 12th (Red Roaster. Brighton 7.45pm)

Tickets £6 advance ( £7 on door

On the night, we have:

Neil Ansell, whose debut book climbed to number 6 in the best seller list before it had even been released! Deep Country (Hamish Hamilton) details his experiences of living off grid in Wales’ ‘green desert.’

Ed Siegle, scouted at Grit Lit  by Myriad Editions who have published his debut novel Invisibles

Wendy Ann Greenhalgh, prize winning Brighton writer and organiser of the Story Scavenger hunt

Dan Holloway, member of literary cult, Year Zero and literary death match winner.

Up and coming talents, Stephanie Lam and Steve Cake.

With special guest: Dan Tsu from London’s Lyrix Organix spoken word collective.

And of course, your hosts, Tim Lay and Amy Riley

Grit Lit 4 v the snow

Despite snow and ice fit to turn Brighton into downtown Riga for the night, Grit Lit 4 went ahead on December 4th.

Unfortunately Year Zero writer Dan Holloway never made it – stuck as he was in a snow drift somewhere in the wilds of the Cotswolds. However, the seven writers who did manage to battle through delivered another great night of gritty stories and an exceedingly well turned out audience brought the warmth!

So big ups to all the writers and those who came out on the night!

Next Grit Lit will be a Festival Fringe event on May 12th.

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