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Friday 01 May 2020

Brighton-Based Author Offers Up The Scoop On An Intense Rollercoaster Ride Through Dangerous & Beautiful Places

Cat Walker is a Brighton-based author, who, having lived and travelled all over the world, has come to rest (for now) in sunny Saltdean, where she lives with her wife and baby son. 

Brighton has been a source of inspiration for Cat's writing, and a local hockey team recently became the subject of (probably) the world"s first lesbian field hockey musical Honeybees: The Musical co-written and directed by Cat, which sold out performances in Brighton, Eastbourne and the famous RADA Studios (formerly the Drill Hall) off the West End of London.

But her greatest dream has been to become a published novelist. 

After thirteen years of rejection letters this dream finally came true this year… only to happen in the middle of a pandemic!

Publishing during these unpresented times has been a strange experience for both authors and publishers, but they firmly believe that many people are looking to books for some escapism from the news of the corona virus, especially if the story takes you on an adventure around the world, to exotic places like Kathmandu and Tibet.

The Scoop is a bright and funny character-led novel which takes its readers on an inspiring search for the meaning of life, written with wit and warmth, and has, by Brighton-based comedian Zoe Lyons, been called "a wonderful tale of journeys, both geographical and emotional, that will keep you entertained at every turn."

The story follows its main characters through some of the most beautiful and dangerous parts of the world.

In the novel Casey Jones is unfulfilled. Her charity job depresses her, her parents confuse her, and she has repeated nightmares about her ex-girlfriend. 

In a moment of sudden clarity she chucks in her job, contacts her old schoolfriend, Danny, and they plan a pilgrimage of sorts to find some real meaning in their lives.

What she didn't plan for was an extra passenger in the shape of Danny's estranged 12-year-old son, Ari, who has problems of his own.

The three of them are thrown together for an intense rollercoaster ride through Europe and Asia"s most beautiful and dangerous places, allowing the history and culture they encounter to change the way they see the world, and each other.
Think: Sophie's World on wheels.

Cat Walker's debut novel The Scoop is out now. For more info visit 

by: Mike Cobley


Creature Creature can, via the imminent release of their first collection of self-penned tracks, Two Finger Tantrum, be labelled the new flag bearers of rock. The Brighton-based five piece have furrowed a new burrow at the summit of an age old genre. With this debut album they will be looking over their shoulders at the also-rans for many years to come.

Migrate Art, the art organisation fundraising to support displaced and homeless people, has partnered with ten major contemporary artists and illustrators to create limited editions of re-usable, reversible face masks.

Romesh Ranganathan is Straight Outta Crawley, in West Sussex, and on his last nationwide tour, Irrational, he was pondering whether he has an irrational viewpoint on the world or whether that can be attributed to absolutely everyone else.

Returning after four years away, Aidan Knight's penchant for astute observations and personal reflections remains a compelling component of his songwriting.

Young people across the UK will have the chance to find out what it's like to be a record label boss, a film director or a theatre producer through a new podcast series from Lookout that brings together industry professionals from stage, screen and music to share their invaluable insights and experience on how to get into the creative industries.
Credit J. Taylor

Extinction Rebellion Brighton held a socially distanced protest on Hove seafront calling for a bigger public say in how society rebuilds following the coronavirus crisis.
Credit Andrew Gambling

The South Downs National Park photo competition is now open, with a first prize of £250 on offer to the amateur or professional photographer who best captures this year's theme of 'My tranquil haven'.

"In rock music, it's really easy to talk about partying and shagging girls and all that kind of stuff," says Skunk Anansie vocalist Skin. "But for us, what we were singing about had to be deeper, it had to mean something. We had to talk about our experiences and what we were going through."

Throughout COVID-19 isolation, everyone has become aware of the supportive and stimulating power of music. Although many people want to learn, they have no access to musical instruments or tuition - especially with schools and shops currently closed. 
Credit: Andy Sturmey

Barely a year since their debut album Dogrel, Dublin's Fontaines D.C. are set to return with A Hero's Death.

The Rec Rooms is an independent music and comedy venue in Horsham, West Sussex, which was opened by three locals just over eighteen months ago. 

This Saturday, 30th May, Together Co, the Brighton & Hove based charity that exists to end loneliness, is hosting a virtual music festival that will see more than twenty bands perform for free to raise money to help the most vulnerable and isolated.  

Following Brighton Festival's digital programme during lockdown, poet and author Lemn Sissay MBE has confirmed he will return as guest director in 2021. 

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