23 February 2012

Brighton Fringe 2012


The expression ‘Only in Brighton’ for me sums up Brighton’s vibe, one of chaotic creativity, as described by Julian of Brighton Fringe, one of pushing boundaries and as it goes, this May also one full of puppets.

Having attended the launch of this year’s Fringe Festival this week I was well entertained by some of the artists that will appear during the Fringe, including the very funny singing Mr B on the banjulele, that’s a fusion of banjo and ukulele btw, as well as acquiring a white label copy of the brochure.

This annual fest, the Fringe, is an opportunity for artists to showcase new work, most of it originating in Brighton, and mostly unfunded.

However, with so much on offer, May 2012 will see around 700 events take place in over 100 locations in Brighton, attracting visitors in the region of 1 million people, making the number of options available quite bewildering.

To help in this matter the new Fringe website has various search categories to help narrow the options down a little.

To assist you even further I have extracted a few events from their website that are worth flagging up early on as they invite participants to submit material.

Tickets go on sale to everybody from 1st March 2012 and programmes will be readily available to pick up all over Brighton from mid-March.


Flash Fiction Slam: Ultimate Story Challenge!

Venue: Hendrick's Library of Delightfully Peculiar Writings

Category: Literature             Sub-category: Storytelling, Interactive

Date: 19 May 6:00PM         Duration: 60mins

Entrance fee: £5.00

The ultimate short story competition! Award-winning writers Niven Govinden and Vanessa Gebbie read their Flash Fictions aloud and judge yours! Strict rules apply. Your story must be 3 minutes or less. Your story must be entitled 'The Door' Prize: £100. Entry: £5 or free if you bring a story. Complimentary decadent libation included. Names drawn randomly on night.


Once Upon A Time In Brighton

Venue: New Venture Theatre

Category: Literature            Sub-category: Spoken word, Storytelling

Date: 25 May 7:45PM        Duration: 135mins

Entrance fee: £6.00

A night of quality live short fiction written by you, read by us. Winning stories from New Venture Theatre's open competition will be read by a team of NVT actors. Please send your short stories of 1500 words max, on the theme of ‘Brighton - Past, Present and Future’ to brightonnewshound@hotmail.co.uk. Deadline for entries is midnight on 25th April.


Verse & Versus: Poetry Slam!

Venue: Hendrick's Library of Delightfully Peculiar Writings

Category: Literature        Sub-category: Poetry, Spoken word

Date: 21 May 7:00PM    Duration: 120mins

Entrance fee: £5.00

This is performance poetry with an edge. The future of poetry is you! Share your lovingly-crafted verse in whatever form it takes. Aim for the heart and soul of your audience. May your aim be true! Maximum Length of Reading: 3 minutes. Prize: £100. Entry £5 including a decadent libation or FREE if you bring a poem.


As I tend to get carried away with all the interesting events to go to, below are the names and pictures of other Literary events that also look worth finding out about. Go to the Fringe website for details.

A Dirty Martini with Evelyn Waugh

A Literary Feast

A Séance with the Ogden Sisters

An Evening of Southern African Memory

Boylesque!

Dare You Brave The Writers’ Den?

Dr Frankenstein's Travelling Freak Show

Fashion Tips for the Last Days

Stuffing Peter Rabbit

The Battle of the Trees

The Charles Dickens Literary Cabaret!

The Last Tuesday Society: Crowley Cinematography

The Last Tuesday Society: Reveller's Digest

The Last Tuesday Society: The Magician

The Story Surgery with Susannah Waters

The Unquiet Dead


14 February 2012

Accidental heart shapes

Not alot of people know this but over the last year I've had a little random hobby, I've been taking photographs of heart shapes whenever I see them.

It all started the Christmas before last when I noticed a heart shape in the sand on Runkerry beach, Northern Ireland.  I didn't want to disturb it as it looked so perfect surrounded on all sides for miles with smooth sea-clean sand so I took a picture of it instead.  From there I started seeing them in stones, on the pavement and more recently in the milk of my nephew's milk bottle and imprinted on the back of my niece.

So today on the day of love, St Valentine's, I thought it only fitting to bring you this collection, as a reminder that we are all loved and all love somebody.

Heart shape on Runkerry beach, Northern Ireland


Heart shape on Brighton beach
 
Heart shape on Brighton pavement







11 February 2012

Notes from New York

I believe in synchronicity and in fact the more it happens, the stronger it reinforces the notion that if you are going with the flow of your life there will be funny coincidences and clues along the way to let you know that you're on the right track. The most recent example of this for me involves New York, the iconic image of workmen taking lunch over Manhattan and an unexpected trip up the Rock. If this synchronicity lark is a whole new concept then this coincidence may seem tenuous. The best advice I can give you is to read The Celestine Prophecy or listen to Leveraging the Universe, something like that.

Anyway, that’s all a by the bye for the moment, these notes from New York are an opportunity to share with you some of the cultural differences I noticed while I was out there. From public signs, door numbering, trollies for doggies and a cat sat on a hat, it’s all New York baby.

Archie patiently modelling the latest in Canine Carts

Charlie and Nicholas the cat on Mulberry Street

Wanna live at 2 and a half?



Below are a couple of signs I noticed:  
Dog urine damages plants
Yield to Pedestrians

 Another custom I picked up on that may be very common but was new to me was that of displaying plates of food outside a restaurant so that people could see what they could expect to be served.  I passed dishes of spaghetti and other main dishes before I realised this appeared to be quite a popular custom and one worth recording.  However, after that point the only example I found to capture was of a (not) hot chocolate and pastry.  I don't think you get served by penguins at this establishment, that part's just misleading. 


A peguin and a pastry

I'll finish with a couple of pieces of wall art old and new, which as anyone who has dipped into this blog before may have picked up I love taking pictures of the wall art around Brighton, so it is only fitting that I bring you a couple of examples from the Great city of New York.

A faded sign above the new restaturant Super Linda

Canal Street crosses Broadway

Now back to what I was saying about synchronicity and that - one day I'm hanging up the iconic picture of  workmen taking lunch over Manhattan, then not long after I'm recreating the scene with my sister-in-law on a mock up beam with the same background before heading up the top of the Rock in a willy wonka style lift to experience the real Manhattan skyline from the Rockefeller Center  for myself.