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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!   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grit-lit-no-11-thursday-8-may-2014-tickets-11124251937

See you down front!

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/).

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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