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Monday 26 February 2018

Get in Character: Brighton Author Offers Fans Chance To Appear As A Character In New Book

Brighton author Elly Griffiths is offering crime fans the chance to become immortalised in the pages of her next novel, in support of the Get in Character campaign for CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading cancer charity for children.

The authors' Dr Ruth Galloway series include the Woman in Blue and the ChalkPit, will give fans the chance to name a character in her next novel The Stone Circle. 

Get in Character is a unique seven-day eBay auction that runs until Sunday 4th March 2018, with proceeds going to supporting children and young people with cancer and their families.

Elly has supported Get in Character since its formation and has a personal connection to the cause as a family friend tragically lost her life to cancer a couple of years ago.

Elly said: "I'm really am proud to be involved once again and to continue to support such an important cause that is close to my heart. 

"CLIC Sargent came to my attention through my love of books when an author pointed out their auctions a couple of years ago.

"I was amazed then and since, by the number and quality of novelists that have offered book characters or writing support."

Over fifty authors are taking part this year in the campaign which has raised almost £35,000 for the charity since it began in 2014. 

Other authors taking part in the Get in Character auction include internationally acclaimed thriller writer Peter James, crime writer Christopher Brookmyer and Sarah Hillary.
Other items that will be auctioned during the event include signed books from Graham Norton, Ian Rankin, Clare Balding, Charlie Higson and Lee Child, as well as a signed one off illustration from Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo). 

The campaign also offers one lucky applicant the chance to win a signed War Horse book from family favourite Michael Morpurgo, along with a live experience in London. 

For the chance to have your name in one of your favourite books visit: to place your bid.

by: Mike Cobley


Snow Patrol are set to return with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. 

From an angel and a tennis player to a joyfully paint-splashed lady, Hangleton and East Brighton residents have been creating life-size 'avatars': colourfully painted, cut-out figures that explore who they are or who they would like to be for a Brighton Festival project called Looking Through Each Other's Eyes.

Rituals is the ambitious new album from Australian musician Amaya Laucirica (who played a storming set at last weekend's Brighton's Great Escape Festival). Her work blends the swirling contours of the Cocteau Twins with the wistful melodies of The Go-Betweens and the sonic depth of Yo La Tengo. 

Following last year's success, Byline Festival returns to Pippingford Park, in East Sussex, and once again promises festivalgoers a unique opportunity to recapture the spirit of festivals when they had a sense of purpose. 

John Finnemore has followed a well worn path and is pretty much your definitive BBC Radio 4 comedian; studied English at Cambridge University and cut his teeth in the Cambridge footlights rising to become its vice president in his final year. After graduating, he performed in Sensible Haircut with the Footlights team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000.

Following band frontman Mike Peters' major undertaking for last week's Record Store Day – which saw him perform at record shops in London, New York and Los Angeles in a three-stop transcontinental trip within twenty-four hours – The Alarm announce the release of their new album Equals.

A special ceremony is being held next month at Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton, to return the gravestone of Thomas Highflyer, a 12-year-old slave boy who was rescued from a slave dhow and died in Brighton 148 years ago.

My first visit to The Spire. As you may have guessed from the name it was once a church (St Mark's Chapel, in East Brighton). This one has been converted to an arts venue. It still looks very much like a church though, just missing the pews and altar etc and of course, it has a stage… and wonderfully, and at least on this night, a foyer with seating and a bar.

It was always a pleasure for The Brighton Magazine to host The Beat's Dave Wakeling, when he performed in the city as part of the 3 Men & Black collective (alongside Jake Burns from Stiff Little Fingers and Pauline Black and Nick Welsh from The Selecter).

A new play by Townsend Theatre Productions relives the extraordinary true story of the Grunwick Strike, a dispute that challenged the way women and immigrants are treated in the workplace.

Brighton based gallery 35 North Contemporary Fine Art is set to host Deanland, a new exhibition of original work by painter Alexander Johnson and photographer John Brockliss. 
Pic by Paul Mansfield

The Rock House Festival 2018 brings together learning disabled bands and upcoming and established music-makers from Brighton and beyond for a day of live music at Green Door Store, Brighton.

Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

Creative Scotland will support nine top Scottish acts to perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts at The Great Escape 2018, in Brighton - one of the most important platforms for new music in the world attracting over 3,500 key industry figures on the look-out for new talent.

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