Saturday, 30 January 2010

Crime Writing Short Story Competition

Matt Hilton, author of the best-selling Joe Hunter series - Dead Men's Dust and Judgement and Wrath - is running a new writing comp to win a signed, first edition copy of his new book Slash and Burn.

Go to his blog, and my post on Lily Childs Feardom to find out more.

Good luck!

Saturday, 23 January 2010

The Dark Monarch - Art Exhibition at Towner, Eastbourne

A new, extraordinary exhibition hit Eastbourne yesterday.

The press release says:
The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art
23 January – 21 March 2010

This group exhibition explores the influence of folklore, mysticism, mythology and the occult on the development of art in Britain. Focusing on works from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day it will consider, in particular, the relationship they have to the landscape and legends of the British Isles.

Taking its title from the infamous 1962 book by St Ives artist Sven Berlin, the exhibition features major loans from the Tate Collection, regional collections, lenders and artists, and will examine the development of early Modernism, Surrealism and Neo-Romanticism in the UK, as well as the reappearance of esoteric and arcane references in a significant strand of contemporary art practice.
We went along, by invitation, and were blown away. If you know us, you'll be aware how important this kind of collection is to us.

There were works by geniuses Austin Osman Spare and Graham Sutherland  as well as Paul Nash, Barbara Hepworth, Bryan Wynter and Ithell Colquhoun, plus many more, including local artist Eric Ravilious.

We looked at the esoteric bookshelves that are part of the exhibition and almost had to check that our own library hadn't been invaded - which of course it hadn't because, sadly, we don't own first editions.

Towner were holding people back at the door, because they were at capacity. But once we were in, we fell in deep. The exhibition is on the ground and top floors. Much of it left an exquisite taste in our senses, bar a couple of contrived photographs and, sadly, Damien Hirst's Unicorn.

Well worth it. We're going to pay again, and probably again, to go back.

Go see it. Towner Eastbourne.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm; closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Admission to The Dark Monarch: £5.50 / £4 concessions / under 18s free. Admission to Towner and other exhibitions: free of charge.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

SQ - A new voice for Eastbourne's youth

I may not be a youth but I like talent and I like initiative, especially when it's different; even more so when it hails from my own home town of Eastbourne:

SQ - A Review

Talented teens Lewis Scrafton and Corey Pellatt are the masterminds behind SQ - Student Quarterly - a new, free zine aimed at informing and inspiring the youth of Eastbourne.

The A5 glossy is a remarkably quality publication with stunning photography. It makes anyone with an interest in music, art and style look twice. Professionally presented with eye-catching content, even the ads are inviting.

And then there are the articles. From interviews with the town's iconic internet phenomenon 'Big Dave' to exclusives from Hip Hop sensation Bashy and soul/reggae star Kevin Mark Trail, SQ is bursting with cover-to-cover reading.

This quarter's mag looks at education and employment choices, highlighting Bournemouth University, and contrasting the rise of a career-minded BBC runner/director with a hard-hitting story from a young man who makes his living dealing on the streets.

With what promise to be regular features, there are reviews on everything from albums to BlackBerrys, chicken bites to rip-off coffee. The news snaps are short and sharp, and include some welcome rants.

SQ is the new voice of Eastbourne, and it has a great future. Scrafton and Pellatt should be proud.
Find SQ in various outlets and colleges across town.

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