I run or have run a number of successful literature initatives, organisations and projects. Check ’em out!
Eastbourne Write Club (2017 – present)
A monthly DIY writing retreat in Eastbourne. Takes place at Devonshire Collective venues. Roughly about 20 odd satellite members of experienced writers who drift in and out. A brilliant bunch!
Latin Voices Live! (2012- present)
Writing Our Legacy is a volunteer-run community group set up in 2012 to support literary activity during Brighton & Hove’s Black History Month and to support professional development of Black and minority ethnic (BME) writers in Sussex.
I’m the group treasurer, overall Programme Manager and fundraiser for Writing Our Legacy.
Flash Lit Fiction (2010-2014)
I once had this crazy dream to push Brighton writing and writing events into a new digital territory, where fiction writers went up on stage instead of poets, where literature promoters joined forces, where we’d use Twitter as a storytelling platform, and we’d all sort of implode or probably take a beer break.
We started in 2010 as part of Brighton Digital Festival, and we’ve taken part ever since (well, that is until we stopped in 2014).
12 writers, 3 heats, 1 winner. It was a competitive non judgmental flash fiction slam, where writers have three 300 word stories at the ready. Flanked by a Twitter story competition running throughout September, plus one live on the night.
Flash Lit Fiction was a joint collaboration between me and Tim Lay from Grit Lit, Tara Gould from Story Studios and Short Fuse and Richard Hearn from Paragraph Planet, Geo Writing and Writing Workout.
A monthly cabaret open mic night at Kemptown’s Red Roaster Coffeehouse (now gone), we ran for 5 or 6 months of the year to bring our community back together and discover new hidden talent in spoken word, music, performance and more. Part of Brighton & Hove Black History Month.
An award-winning bi-annual event that was started by fellow writer friend Tim Lay (Sewerside Chronicles/Nibs) and myself in 2009. The night was hosted by comedian Mr Geoff Westby.
We offered a no frills, non-luvey offer to Brighton literary night scene that based the line up purely on the strength of the submission.
We ran every May during Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe and every December.
The night delivered its own gritty vision: 8 authors of fiction and non-fiction had 15 minutes of fame on the stage to our attentive audiences at the intimate Redroaster Coffeehouse in Brighton’s Kemptown.
The focus of the evening was on the story, the aesthetic ‘grit lit’ but the styles and genres were wide, curated by me and Tim.
And a community reporter network was born!
Working with digital champion Mark Walker and journalist Caroline Sutton, from 2009 to 2012, we ran several dozen taster workshops, monthly meet ups (informal conferences), schools workshops, one-off training days and established an accredited training programme.
In 2011, the project was nominated for a community project Nominet Internet award.
Like all good things, it came to an end with lack of funding and budget cuts.