Literary Events

An Evening with Johann Hari & Laurie Penny

 

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Thursday February 22, 7.30pm

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine

New York Times author and journalist Johann Hari (above) discusses his radical new book Lost Connections with columnist and write Laurie Penny (below), author of Bitch Doctrine. In his book, Hari presents a new way of thinking about depression and anxiety, and includes his own story of depression, which he has suffered with from childhood. Are we getting the full story on depression? Picture of Johann Hari: Kathrin Baumbach.

Phone 01273 206017 or visit waterstones.com.

 




Laura Bates

 

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Tuesday February 27, 7pm

Tickets £8

Laura Bates is the feminist, activist and writer behind the international Everyday Sexism Project, a crowd-sourced collection of stories from women around the world that draw attention to hidden and blatant sexist acts and attitudes. She is coming to the Ropetackle to discuss her new book, Misogynation, which joins the dots to reveal the true scale of discrimination and prejudice women face. The event is organised by City Books, Hove. Picture of Laura Bates: Claudia Schneider.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.




Peter Snow & Ann Macmillan: War Stories

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Friday March 2, 7.30pm

Tickets £17.50/concs £16.50/FWT £15.50/with book £37, £36 and £35

Husband and wife Peter Snow, the former Newsnight anchor, and Ann Macmillan are the authors of War Stories: Gripping Tales of Courage, Cunning and Compassion, an account of ordinary men and women swept up in the turbulence of war. These are the stories – many untold until now – of 34 people who have pushed the boundaries of love, bravery, suffering and terror beyond the imaginable, stories that span three centuries and five continents. The talk is followed by a book signing.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.




UK Southern Book Show

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Sunday March 4, 9am-6pm

Free

The UK Southern Book Show is an opportunity for book lovers to meet authors from the UK, listen to readings and learn about writing and publishing. There’s also an opportunity to buy fiction, non-fiction, teen and children’s books.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.




Brighton Crime Wave: An Evening with Chris Carter and Karen Hamilton

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Tuesday March 6, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine

This is the opening event of the second Brighton Crime Wave, when authors are grilled about their work. Chris Carter is the author of the bestselling Robert Hunter novels and tonight discusses his latest in the seres, The Gallery of the Dead. To write his crime novels, he uses his invaluable experience working for the Michigan State District Attorney’s criminal psychology team, interviewing and studying many criminal during this time. And first-time author Karen Hamilton will also be asked about her psychological thriller The Perfect Girlfriend.

Phone 01273 206017 or visit waterstones.com.




An Evening with M R Carey

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Thursday March 8, 7.30pm

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine

M R Carey is the author of The Girl With All The Gifts, a huge word-of-mouth bestseller and now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. As Mike Carey, he has also written for DC and Marvel, including Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. Mike will be interviewed by Jason Arnopp, author of The Last Days of Jack Sparks.

Phone 01273 206017 or visit waterstones.com.




Book Production: What happens after you type The End?

Goring Church Hall, Bury Drive, Goring

Thursday March 8, 7.30pm

West Sussex Writers members £3/Saver members free/guests £5

Lucy Llewellyn, who launched her company Head & Heart at the London Book Fair in 2014 and works with publishers, authors and creative organisations as well as specialising in cover design, discusses how to get a cover that will sell your book, how to choose a font, how to format an eBook, and the dos and don’ts of cover design. She also talks about how to make the inside of the book look as professional as the cover.

Phone 07707 658059 or visit westsussexwriters.co.uk.




Emergency Poet

Jubilee Square, 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton

Wednesday March 21, 11am-4pm

Free

The Emergency Poet gives consultations inside her ambulance, where she prescribes poems as cures. Staged as part of World Poetry Day, there is a waiting room where Nurse Verse dispenses poemcetamols and other poetic pills and treatments from the poetry pharmacy.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.




History and Fiction – Finding the Balance

Goring Church Hall, Bury Drive, Goring

Thursday April 12, 7.30pm

West Sussex Writers members £3/Saver members free/guests £5

Award-winning historical fiction writer Richard Buxton explores how an author draws the line between accurately representing history and writing compelling fiction. He looks at the differing approaches of published authors and draws on his experience of using real events, people and places to inspire imagination.

Phone 07707 658059 or visit westsussexwriters.co.uk.




Brighton Festival 2018

Various venues, Brighton and Hove

Saturday Sunday May 5-27

Brighton-based visual artist David Shrigley (pictured) is the guest director at this year’s Brighton Festival, following in the footsteps of arts luminaries including Kate Tempest, Laurie Anderson, Ali Smith, Hofesh Shecter and Michael Rosen. His offbeat take is reflected in an eclectic programme spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate, from Brighton Festival commission Problem in Brighton, a brand new alt rock/pop pantomime, written and directed by David Shrigley himself to a live durational reading of Camus’s seminal The Myth of Sisyphus, and performances from genderqueer rock‘n’roll hero Ezra Furman and cult-favourite Amanda Palmer. Alongside Life Model II, a follow-up to the artist’s Turner Prize-nominated installation of the same name, which invites visitors to take part in a life drawing class with a sculpture of a nine-foot-tall woman as the ‘model’, there is an illustrated talk billed as ‘containing numerous rambling anecdotes… not in the slightest bit boring’, and a screening of a documentary about his work. Other events close to the artist’s heart include an exclusive collaboration between orchestral collective Stargaze and one of his favourite bands, Deerhoof; an exhibition by San-Francisco-based artist and trucker Brett Goodroad (picture below); and a double bill from his friend Malcolm Middleton, one half of Arab Strap, and Scottish musician Iain Shaw, whose quirky folk song-smithery has turned Shrigley’s poems into incisive songs on albums like Awesome and Listening to Slayer. Picture of David Shrigley: Victor Frankowski. Picture below: John Janca.

Phone 01273 709709, email tickets@brightonfestival.org or visit brightonfestival.org.

Read our feature on the Brighton Festival.




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