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Monday 17 June 2024

This Week Britain’s Most Diverse Book Festival Begins Its Five Day Run @ University Of Brighton

With the third annual Brighton Book Festival getting underway this week the team has announced a brand new event and a free photography exhibition accessible to all. 

The new event is Mixing It Up, in which Nicole Ocran and Emma Slade Edmondson, of the award-winning Mixed Up podcast, explore the mixed race experience in the UK in the company of Bud Johnston, founder of Brighton's Black Anti-Racism Community Organisation (BARCO).

The festival also welcome the Unfolding collective, a collaborative group of photographers, who will be sharing their work in a free exhibition throughout the week inside the main festival venue at Brighton University City Campus. 

Accessible to everyone, even those without a festival ticket, the show will feature work by four members of the collective – Beresford Hodge, Humphrey Nemar, Pierre Alozie and Phillip Lewis

The collective uses different forms of photographic storytelling "to combat the world seen through the lens of a single socioeconomic group" and is driven by a mission to support "equitable access for the next generation of passionate photographers"

It's been a whirlwind few months for the festival team, getting ready to deliver the biggest festival yet, with just under 20 events at three venues across the city. 

There'll be a poetry cafe, a family morning, a writers' day, and talks on everything from activism, change-making and refugee voices to food, comedy, crime and fantasy writing. 

This year sees 10 local authors appearing at the festival, alongside other established names like children's laureate Joseph Coehlo and Kelechi Okafor. 

They include comedian Jen Brister, author and activist Mikaela Loach, life and fiction writer Katy Massey, short story writer Georgina Aboud and cookery writer and former Great British Bake Off contestant, Janusz Domagdala. And of course, Brighton Book Festival ambassador and best-selling author Dorothy Koomson. 

In line with its mission to open up the publishing industry to aspiring authors from marginalised backgrounds, the festival will include Writers' Day – offering access to agents and publishers – and a Poetry Workshop, to help poets hone their crafts. 

This year's evening programme sees acclaimed poet and playwright Inua Ellams bring his chaotic, audience-led poetry event, Search Party, to the city – for one night only. 

Every visitor to the festival will receive a free tote bag, thanks to partnerships with publishers and the Booksellers Association.

The Brighton Book Festival runs from 18th to 23rd June 2024. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley


Ravi Adelekan & Poundland Foundation

Ravi Adelekan, a nine-year-old boy from Brighton, was one of twelve children and their families who had their wish granted to visit the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone over the weekend. This was thanks to a £30,000 donation from the Poundland Foundation to Make-A-Wish UK.

Memory Walk is back and locals can join thousands taking part in Brighton Memory Walk - at Hove Lawns No.1, on 29th September 2024.

FareShare Sussex & Surrey has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help charities and community groups increase their capacity for frozen food, to feed more people experiencing hunger and food poverty.

A Brighton teacher who helps struggling local families with clothes and food, raises money in charity fun runs and regularly dons fancy dress to read to children at local events has been nominated in a national Teacher of the Year competition.
Credit: Dean Koopman

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is bringing a new collection of ocean-themed films to Brighton Dome, this autumn. 
Credit Shervin Lainez

Alt-pop duo Cults will play Concorde 2, Brighton, later this year in support of the band's fifth studio album, To The Ghosts.

Heads On, the official charity for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is announcing the launch of Living Histories - an oral history project capturing the life stories of service users and staff with experience of NHS mental health services in Sussex. The charity is seeking volunteers to be trained as oral historians to collect stories across the county.

The first-ever Brighton & Hove performance by one of the most listened-to living pianists in the world today will take place at The Old Market this November.

Immortal Apples, Eternal Eggs  - at Hastings Contemporary -  is a meeting of two of the UK's most significant collections – The Ingram Collection and the David and Indrė Roberts Collection.

Carl Cox is one of the most in demand DJs, multi award winning, with countless club dates and festival appearances every year. 

Born in the Philippines and raised in London, Brighton-bound Beatrice Laus, known as Beabadoobee, has emerged as a British indie icon.

Lighthouse Project Space - Brighton's first ever public, youth-led artspace – opens this month with a programme of public events and activities.

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