Flash-lit Fiction: Brighton Digital Festival 2011
I've been looking forward to doing a night with Tara Gould (Short Fuse/Story Studio) for some time. Tim and I met her in 2009, and later that year, she started helping me host on Writers Hub for Reverb. Those were fun days. Radio Reverb's a great station, but doing a one-hour monthly show that's not music-based takes a lot of time and energy to coordinate and plan.
I can't remember how we got the idea of the slam, but I'd been floating this idea to various writing people and we seized the opportunity to do something for Brighton Digital Festival.
I've never been to a fiction slam, but plenty of poetry slams and hiphop battles. When I first moved to Brighton, one of my favorite lit nights was Howling at the Moon at the Full Moon pub. Paul Stones put that on. Wish there were more informal nights like that.
I'm pretty sure this one will be a really fun night - lots of interesting acts in between heats. 12 writers and wannabes testing their 300 word pieces, hopefully on the theme of 21st century, although we won't hold people to it if it's 19th or 20th century stuff. Fame, glory and maybe even a prize!
We've still got a few spaces left for the slam, so if you're interested, write on our FB event wall http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=233314200036473&ref=ts or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for those up to speed with Twitter, we've got a story competition going on! If you wanna have a go, tag your piece with #FLF11 so we can find it. Richard Hearn from Paragraph Planet will be unveiling the short list on 11 September and judges will pick the top 5 winners.
To get your advanced ticket (fiver, more on door) > http://bit.ly/nlOpkW. Hope to see you on the night.