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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


Albert Hammond Jr's latest album Francis Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had in his life and music. 
Pic by Andy Sturmey

Prior to announcing the release of his new album, Coup de Grace, Miles Kane teamed up with Muse singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy, Nine Inch Nails guitarist Ilan Rubin, and Zutons drummer Sean Payne to sing in Beatles tribute band named Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band.
(c) Kenny McCracken 2018

When monsters are loose in a darkening world, we need monsters of our own to fight back …

Whether it's a festival, a movement or a rebellion, the countdown is in full swing. Byline Festival, held at Pippingford Park, in East Sussex, is less than two weeks away. 

Make way for protest singer, LGBTQ+ activist, folk singer, socialist and social commentator Grace Petrie.
Pic by Andy Sturmey

It's official: Brighton & Hove Pride 2018 weekend was the biggest ever. Four hundred and fifty thousand people visited the city across the weekend, including those who flocked to its beaches to take advantage of the good weather.

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton, are a producing partner for Brighton Digital Festival and have announced a curated season brimming with digital art, gigs, installations and a day of critical reflection..
Credit: Tony Tree

A new development will launch at Charleston, in East Sussex, this September, with the inaugural exhibition Orlando at the present time, which will present a contemporary response to Virginia Woolf's renowned novel Orlando: A Biography

A blind professional footballer, the first woman to skydive from Mount Everest and one of the country's leading TV News broadcasters have been unveiled as the first speakers at this year's TEDxBrighton.
Credit: James O'Mara

Look Now is the first album Elvis Costello has made with The Imposters since the 2008 release of Momofuku, and his first new album since the acclaimed 2013 Roots collaboration, Wise Up Ghost.

This September the 'sophisticated and stylish popsters' All Saints will play an intimate gig in Brighton, on behalf of Nordoff Robbins, the UK's largest independent music therapy charity.
Credit Andrew Stuart

Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl says: “Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening… and when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out.

The Brighton-based Martin Fisher Foundation has launched their Making HIV-Stigma History campaign. 
Credit Terry Applin

Multi-award-winning musician Rag'n'Bone Man has joined forces with local charity AudioActive to help support young grassroots talent in Sussex.

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