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Brighton’s lit fest for women

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Next Saturday and Sunday Lionel Shriver, Bonnie Greer and Ali Smith are leading Storyville Brighton’s first ever literature festival.

The intellectual heavyweights are joined by a tribe of other writers in a lit fest running at the Brighton Dome.

First up its New Voices, chaired by Lisa Holloway.  Midday on Saturday aclaimed writers Emma Henderson, Justine Kilkerr and Emily Mackie will be reading and discussing their work.Picture 1

After an afternoon of talks and readings Bonnie Greer will be reading from her new book Obama Music.

On Sunday there’s another New Voices session. Later in the day Polly Tonybee is hosting Love, Loss and Tragedy across Continents and to finish it off there’s a ‘meet the author’ session with Ali Smith.

There’s a lot more on than I have time for here, for more information, bookworms and lit lovers look here.

Giving Brighton the Finger!

Brighton MpNo, it’s not what you think it is! We just though it was time we took a sideways view of the regular tourist haunts the visiting LGBT throng will pass through.

Parading through town or wandering the streets looking for the next party, you’ll pass the five fingers of Brighton and enjoy all of them. It’s celebration time for the LGBT family, all Brighton welcomes you to Pride!

FOR THE FULL FIVE FINGERS

Free hotel stay for best LGBT Brighton blogger!

Take pleasure in your writing and win a free stay in Brighton

Take pleasure in your writing and win a free stay in Brighton

If you think you can write a 300-word blog titled My Brighton, then get cracking. The Ambassador’s new My Brighton blog prize is up for grabs, just follow the link below and you could get your piece published here.

And the prize?  A two-night, two-person hotel stay, courtesy of the Ambassador Hotel!

Just make your piece specific to the Brighton LGBT experience, enter it in the correct category, and then wait to hear the good news.

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Martha Wainwright sings Edith Piaf

Wainwright sings Piaf

Wainwright sings Piaf

For one night only, singer Martha Wainwright delivers an intimate and revealing performance of Edith Piaf, at the Brighton Dome.

If you don’t know Piaf’s life story then you should: from the gutter to the stars, and frequently back again, she was the Parisian sweetheart and one-time best paid singer in the world.

Brilliant enough to work for the French Resistance while singing for her Nazi rulers, she had a remarkeable life…

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Europe’s biggest free beach party!

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Get partying, get paddling!

Thought that would get you reading! Yes, this weekend it’s the Paddle Round The Pier Festival on Hove lawns. Enjoying a weekend in Brighton, you can try  just about every watersport on the ocean, or wander round all the stands and stalls, or just sunbathe back on the lawns.

It’s all free, it’s all for charity and by the look of the website, it’s all good! And we’re promised good weather, too! Bring it on!

PADDLE ROUND THE PIER

Kemp Town gets its ballroom back!

Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Yes, what would the gay capital of the UK be without a ballroom? And those of us who miss a night at the Hanbury Ballrooms can dust off dancing shoes, because it’s re-opening!

Now known as the Brighton Ballrooms, it’s getting a massive redecoration and will soon also become a luxury supper club, very swish.

There may not be any ballroom dancing going on on opening night (Friday 2nd June), but the future line-ups guarantee a party for everyone.

BRIGHTON BALLROOMS: READY TO PARTY

Brighton does Bike Week

Picture 1Free food, free spinning classes, free bike check-ups, and even a free screening of a classic silent comedy: it must be bike week! Take your trusty, or rusty steed along to any of these events and you’re sure to have a great time.

BRIGHTON – WHEELY INTO IT…

TAKEPART: Brighton’s own sports fest

Picture 1If you think Preston Park is only good for partying in, then head there this weekend for a surprise. It’s hosting the TAKEPART International Festival of Sport. Loads of demonstrations, even a mobile spa/swimming pool contraption to check out. The emphasis is on fun rather then Olympic performances, so pop along and enjoy!

Watch out for the Brighton Lesbian and Gay Sports Society (BLAGSS), who are taking part. And If you are interested in joining, visit their website and contact David Tennant or Tim Rose.

TAKEPART

BLAGSS

What’s going on in Brighton?

No surprise, as we are the entertainment capital of the south coast, there is loads to do.

Yes the sun is shining and yes it’s tan time, but if you are just down for the weekend why not stick your head up from the beach and have a look around – there’s always something happening!

WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK

Brighton’s best: the week in entertainment

Music to your ears

Music to your ears

Brighton is preparing itself for flambouyance and indulgence – as on most weekends – but this time it’s thanks to Brighton Fashion Week, which starts Monday.

Before that, we have Hove Champagne Festival, to help lubricate things a little, and there’s even a bit of live ’strictly ‘on in town.

Not to mention a performance of Abba’s greatest hits and the opening of Brighton’s newest Lesbian night, all finished off with a naked bike ride.

The Brighton LBGT scene has so much action to pick from. To help you make a better choice, just look here, and enjoy.

THE BEST OF BRIGHTON