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Literary Event: May 13th. RedRoaster, Brighton. 7.45pm-10pm.

GritLit does the Brighton Festival…

Following on from previous sold out events, Brighton’s grittiest literary night returns with a Festival fringe event on May 13th forjust a fiver!

Expect to slide on the bloody floor of an 18th century hospital, journey to a commune infested with rats, raise a tin to a Brighton supermarket showdown and experience the remoteness of life spent living off grid in Wales’ green desert…

Seven writers conspire to bring you their edgiest tales. Dave Swann, Ross Sutherland, Tim Lay, Amy Riley, Caroline Rance, Neil Ansell and Jake Kennedy line up to serve up some Lit with true Grit.

Two of the writers celebrate the release of fresh short story collections; Tim Lay with NIBS (Discovered Authors) and Dave Swann The Privilege of Rain(Waterloo Press). Caroline Rance reads from Kill- Grief published by Brighton publishers Picnic.

Special guest is Ross Sutherland, the poet comic who has been making waves since being heralded as one of 2008’s Top Ten Literary Stars by The Times

This distinctly un-luvvy event takes place at the Red Roaster coffee house (1d St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RE) on Thursday May 13th,7.45pm – 10pm. Admission is for the super fringe friendly price of £5. Licensed bar and the best hot chocolate in town.

Tickets available from the Brighton Festival office and on the door.

For more information about Grit Lit, please contact:

Amy Riley or Tim Lay on

Ross Sutherland

Listed by The Times as one of 2008’s Top Ten Literary Stars, Ross’s debut poetry collection, Things To Do Before You Leave Town, was published in January. A member of the poetry collective Aisle16, his one-man show, The Three Stigmata of Pacman, recently debuted at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre.

Tim Lay

Author of The Sewerside Chronicles, which won the Undiscovered Authors prize in 2007. His latest book, NIBS: A Collection of Short Stories is published by Discovered Authors in April.  He is currently working on a graphic novel script for Brighton publisher Banter.

Amy Riley

Contributor to various electronic music sites including UK drum n bass/bass-heavy site Knowledge,. She is also a short story writer (QueenSpark Books) and her art essays and features have appeared in various publications and websites. Her monthly literary show Writers Hub comes out onRadio Reverb 97.2FM.

Dave Swann

Dave is a Bridport prize winning author and poet. Widely published, his short story collection, The Last Days of Johnny North was released to critical acclaim. A new collection of short stories, The Privilege of Rain, is published by Waterloo Press in April.

Jake Kennedy

Former music journalist and writer of the acclaimed biography Joy Division And The Making of Unknown Pleasure, Jake now writes fiction which can be found on his popular blog and in Hyperkinetic, the upcoming short story anthology from Phoenix Publishing.

Neil Ansell

Neil Ansell has written for The Guardian, New Statesman and The Big Issue and has worked as an investigative journalist for the BBC. His book Deep Country is based on his experiences of living on a remote hillside in Wales, and is set for publication by Hamish Hamilton later in the year.

Caroline Rance

Caroline’s first novel, Kill-Grief, set in the hard-drinking world of a 1750s hospital, was published by Hove-based Picnic Publishing last year. Caroline blogs about the strange history of quack medicines at, and is working on a second novel about Victorian freak shows.

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