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Brighton Writer makes Guardian Shortlist

Kay Sexton is having a good summer.  Her short-short story, 'There are two routes into the living room' has made the final shortlist for the Guardian short story contest organised by Dave Eggers. 

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National Poetry Competition 2004

Colette Bryce has won first prize in the National Poetry Competition 2003. The prize-giving event also serves as the launch of the 2004 National Poetry Competition.

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The Hyperliterature Exchange (July 2004)

New on The Hyperliterature Exchange for July 2004 - "Rag Bag/Kitsch Mag" - a review of Razor Smile 1-2 and Papertiger 3.  

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'Between Ourselves'

The 'Between Ourselves' monologue (or duologue) writing or writing & performing contest is again attracting entries from across the country and even from abroad.
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Unlikely Gig For The Bamboo Band

Popular calypso outfit The Bamboo Band make a return to an unlikely venue this week: a pet shop in Goring! The band are playing a set at Goring Pet Supplies Big Family Fun Day for the second year runing.
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Brighton Fiction Wins Prize

Kay Sexton’s story Britpopping, set in Brighton, has just taken the bloc monthly fiction prize.  Sexton, a Brighton resident has had 23 stories published in the past year and her work will appear in three anthologies in 2004. 

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West Sussex Writers’ Club Showcase County’s Best

From short stories in magazines, to published poets, and art inspired by the written word: the West Sussex Writers’ Club Showcase has it all.

Taking place as part of the Artists & Makers festival, the event, takes place at The Pavilion, Field Place, Worthing. The showcase highlights published and prize-winning work by the club’s 150 members – and with West Sussex writers regularly published in national magazines and anthologies, the standard is high!

In addition to a variety of readings and performances, there will also be work by local artists on show. And the Textile Arts Forum will also exhibit their highly-acclaimed wall hanging, which is based on a poem by West Sussex Writers’ Club member Wendy Greene.

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Shame of the Great and the Good!

On the evening of Wednesday 16th June, the Mayor of Worthing, James Doyle, threw an end of term party for the great and good of the town. As a supporter of the arts in Worthing he kindly invited RAG along to provide the entertainment for the evening in the form of poetry and music.
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Flamenco During Artists & Makers Festival

Since it’s earliest days Flamenco has enjoyed bursts of great artistic growth and one such golden age occurred in the earliest years of the 20th century when Flamenco burst out of tiny clubs and into music halls, the Cafe Cantantes: a move that elevated the leading performers of the day into popular stars.

Following their enormously successful UK 2003 tour, during which Simpatico Flamenco were sell out hits of both the Brighton Arts Festivals and the Worthing Fringe, the company returns in 2004 with an all new, more intimate show created especially for smaller venues like those Cafe Cantantes. Simpatico Flamenco’s new show re-creates the dazzling performances of those early decades.     
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Anthony Cropper Novel gets South Coast Launch

Jack and Sal, a new novel by author Anthony Cropper, gets a South Coast launch at Roundabout’s first birthday party.

In Jack and Sal we see two people drifting in and out of love. Jack searches for clues, for a pattern, for an explanation to life’s events. Perhaps the answer is in evolution, in dopamine, in chaos theory, or maybe it can be found in the minutiae of domesticity where the majority of life’s dramas unfold. 

In the book, Anthony Cropper has produced a delicately detailed account of a troubled relationship, with a series of micro-stories and incidents that recount the intimate lies, loves and lives of Jack and Sal and their close friend Paula. The author is no stranger to Worthing: he recently spent a day on Worthing Pier with artist Dan Thompson as part of Talking Bird's Twenty Four Piers project.