Literary Event Preview: Ace Stories #2
Hotel Pelirocco, 10 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex. BN1 2FG
Sunday 11th July 2010 from 6pm – 8pm
by Guy Sangster Adams
By all accounts the inaugural Ace Stories evening, with Cathi Unsworth topping the bill, rocked the Hotel Pelirocco, no mean feat given that it is one of Brighton’s most rock ‘n’ roll hotels. Now the second in Jay Clifton’s and Sam Collins’ five event Live Lit series is fast approaching. This time around the headlining writer is Amanda Smyth whose debut novel, Black Rock (Serpent’s Tail, 2010), has been shortlisted for the Society of Authors’ McKitterick Prize, and gained widespread critical acclaim. Including Anita Sethi, writing in The Independent: ‘In painterly images, Smyth evocatively shows more than she tells. Not only people but place exerts a powerful force…There are echoes of the archetypal “mad woman”, if not in an attic then in a marital room in the Caribbean, with scenes reminiscent of Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea… this is a vivid and compelling story, exploring the extent of our control over our destinies.’
Support readings come from Brighton-based poets, Theodore Koulouris and Naomi Foyle, whilst the evening closes with live music from singer-songwriter, Birdengine.
Ace Stories, Sunday 11th July, 2010, from 6pm to 8pm,
at Hotel Pelirocco, 10 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex. BN1 2FG
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