Writers’ profiles

A short list of writers on the Grit Lit roster.

Your hosts:
Tim Lay
. Author of award winning The Sewerside Chronicles and NIBS, a collection of short stories, Tim has also written scripts for film and a graphic novel. Info and extracts of work on http://www.timlay.com

Amy Zamarripa. Writer of fiction and contributor to  Trash Menagerie (USA) and bass-heavy site Knowledge.  A Brighton resident she promotes various nights – music and arts based –  in the city.

Grit Lit crew members (in order of recent appearance):

Jonny Gibbings’ first book, Malice in Blunderland, was published by Cutting Edge Press. A global hit, banned in four countries, the film rights were sold within first month of publishing. His new book, ‘Remember to Forget’ is due out in March 2014.

Michele Baker was short listed for the Bridport Short Story Prize in 2012 for her story ‘Rules of Behaviour’ and came second in the 2009 MAG Poetry Prize.

Jonathan Kemp, is an author and DJ whose first novel, London Triptych (Myriad), won the Author’s Club best novel prize. His third novel is due out in 2014.

Tara Gould. Award winning short story author and Radio 4 play writer who founded short fiction cabaret nights Short Fuse and Story Studio.

Karen Pierce lives in Brighton. She has worked as a journalist and nutritionist. Her debut novel “The Sugar Tree,” is out on submission.

Tom Briars’ flash fiction has been published by Nib Magazine and Ether Books. He was also the Flash Lit Fiction Twitter story champion at The Brighton Digital Festival.

Alex Mvuka Ntung  was born in a remote area of the Democratic Republic of Congo, witnessed the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  Not My Worst Day is an autobiographical work detailing his incredible journey through poverty and violence.

David Swann’s book ‘The Privilege of Rain’ (Waterloo Press, 2010) was shortlisted for the 2011 Ted Hughes Award. He teaches at the University of Chichester.

Akila is a Brighton based writer and poet. Her work appears in Penguin’s Eleven Years anthology and she is a contributor to RED an anthology of Black British poetry.

Neil Ansell spent five years living on a remote hillside in Wales, and wrote his first book, Deep Country (Hamish Hamilton) about the experience. An award-winning BBC journalist he has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Big Issue.

Martine McDonagh has worked as an artist manager, to bands such as James, for over 25 years. Her book, ‘I Have Waited’ was published by Myriad in 2006 and re released in 2011. In  2013 her second novel After Pheonix was published by Ten to Ten Publishing.

DJ Brandon Block’s pioneering residency with Alex P on the Space terrace in Ibiza in the early ’90s took club life in to a whole new dimension. He’s presented for MTV, Channel 4 and Kiss 100 and famously scrapped with Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood on the Brits stage.

Matt Trollope. Brandon Block’s biographer freelanced for dance magazines, DJ Magazine and M8  and ran record shop Izit Dance  and a spin-off DJ agency in the Nineties as well as co-owning lovable rave den The Lodge in London.

Nina de la Mer has written several non-fiction books including The Modern Maiden’s Handbook and 500 Essential Cult Books. Her debut novel, 4am was published by Myriad Editions in 2010.

Simon Maginn studied music at the University of Sussex, specialising in percussion and composition. He has lived in Hove ever since. He published his first novel, Sheep, in 1994, and also writes as Simon Nolan.

Brain Bell is a writer and a musician. His pulp fiction novella ‘Die Hard Mod’ was  published by Pulp Press under the pen name Charlie McQuaker

Mathilda Gregory is a comedy writer  and was one of the winners of the BBC’s Laughing Stock competition in 2011. She also writes for The Guardian, Fringe Guru and The F Word. and is the president of Brighton Belles WI.

Chris Callard. Short story writer whose work has appeared in  Aesthetica magazine,  3AM magazine and Dogmatika. His  writing can also be found in an  anthology fromEarlyworks Press. The City & Its Creatures, a short story collection, was published in 2011.

Caroline Rance. Author of eighteenth century hospital lid lifter, Kill Grief, which was published in 2009 by Biscuit. She also blogs about the strange history of quack medicines.

Mark Sheerin writes short stories and writes about art for http://www.culture24.com. He won the 2012 Brighton Digital Festival flash fiction slam.

Femi Hughes is a writer and poet from Brighton. She has worked with Exiled Inc.

Erinna Mettler is a short story writer and novelistHer short stories have featured in Swampwriting and claimed the runner up spot at the Guildford Book Festival. Her debut novel, Starlings, was published in 2011 by Revenge Ink.

Joe Evans won the Short Fuse Christmas Flash Fiction Slam in Leicester, 2009. One of his short stories appears in the Brighton Nightwriters Anthology 2012.

Rob Paraman is a Brighton based novelist and poet. His stories have been published in literary magazines Northwords, Westcoast Magazine, and Cutting Teeth, and in the Alt History anthology (Queenspark Books, 2005).

James Burt is a computer programmer and a runner who lives in Brighton. He runs the Not for the Faint-Hearted workshops.

Wendy Ann Greenhalgh is a recent recipient of one of New Writing South’s New Buds Awards. Her stories have won prizes and appeared in numerous anthologies. She teaches creative writing and organises Story Scavenger Hunts http://www.storyscavenger.blogspot.com

Dan Holloway, is an Oxford based novelist and founder of the Year Zero Writers’ collective. He is was a winning finalist at Literary Death Match.

Ed Siegle’s debut novel, Invisibles, has been published by Myriad Editions. A winner of the V.S. Pritchett Prize, his short stories have been published in The Illustrated Brighton Moment. http://edsiegle.com/

Dan Tsu is a refreshing and versatile wordsmith that is carving his own niche on the Spoken Word circuit, Drawing influences from Hip Hop to Folk, he traverses political, natural and abstract landscapes http://www.lyrixorganix.com.

Steve Cakeis a failed rockstar. However, he has represented his country as the reigning UK Air Guitar Champion. He has worked as a freelance music journalist for Big Issue and The Guardian and had his shorts stories published in anthologies.

Stephanie Lam is a Write Onsite speed-fiction competition winner. Her short stories have been published by Paraxis. http://paraxis.org/ and Spilling Ink.

Louise Halvardsson’s debut novelPunk Influenced Hard Rocker with Attitude won best Young Adult Fiction newcomer in her native Sweden in 2007. She is also a poet and short story writer .

Akila is a Brighton based writer and poet. Her work appears in Penguin’s Eleven Years anthology and she is a contributor to RED an anthology of Black British poetry.

Jake Kennedy. Music journalist and writer of the acclaimed biography Joy Division And The Making of Unknown Pleasure.

Dave Swann. Bridport prize winning author and poet. The Last Days of Johnny North was released to critical acclaim.  The Privilege of Rain, is published by Waterloo Press in April 2010.

Ross Sutherland. Times listed ‘top literary star’ and member of poetry collective Aisle 16 . His debut poetry collection, Things To Do Before You Leave Town, was published in January 2010.

Isabel Ashdown. Award winning author of Glasshopper. Her debut novel, published by Myriad in 2009, was ‘best book’ listed by The Observer.

Emma Gray. Her stories have appeared on espressofiction.com and in Brighton’s Tall Tales and Modern Fables magazine. She is currently working on her first novel.

Tony Diamond. Author of  best selling Pebble on the Beach, published by Queenspark Books , an autobiographical work about his troubled childhood in Brighton and Australia.

Creative Future crew. Chris Ellis, Tom Jayston, Martin Curtis. Contributors to Amazement – The Creative Future anthology published by QueenSpark in 2009.

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