Bookstock: the first ever Brighton Book Festival

(c) Sian Beeton

Along with a fantastic group of other Brighton-based book lovers, I’m very excited to be working on bringing to fruition the first ever Brighton Book Festival — ‘Bookstock’.

From Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th June 2011, we’ll be delivering a ton of book-themed events in venues throughout Brighton & Hove.

So why have we named it ‘Bookstock‘? Well, because we want to deliver a friendly, fun festival with a 60s Woodstock vibe, celebrating our love of the written word and bringing book lovers together to talk, listen and laugh. Our aim is to combine everything that’s wonderful about Brighton with all that people love about books.

The events already planned for Bookstock include quizzes, discussion groups and talks by authors covering children’s stories, arts and crafts, non-fiction, 21st century reading, poetry, ghost stories and much more.

We’ve got local authors including Claire Carpenter, Rob Marks and Isabel Losada coming along to entertain and impart their passion, enthusiasm and wisdom. As we confirm more events, we’ll add them to our events listing.

Want to get involved with Bookstock? Here’s how you can help out…

  • Volunteer – we need lots of help, from running individual events to general promotion
  • Sponsor Bookstock – we’ve got various sponsorship packages available at different levels
  • Come along to a Bookstock event… and tell your friends all about it!
  • Buy merchandise – mugs and badges coming soon…

Here’s what Ian Jones, our Overlord/Festival Director says:

The team behind Bookstock all have an amazing passion for reading, book discussions and for Brighton. At Bookstock, we want to see happy book people engaging with other happy book people and raising some money for worthwhile causes as well. You know that feeling that you get when you’ve had a really great conversation about a book? Your mind is just alive. If we can give more people the chance to have those experiences, and also meet others and find new books and authors… well that would be superb.

Visit our website at brightonbookfestival.com

Follow us on Twitter @btonbookfest

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A new way to network: Fish Friday comes to Brighton

Fish Friday, a new business supper club, offers a different networking experience…

At this exclusive new event, we don’t want you to stand around sipping fizz and daintily picking at canapés.

We want you to have a good glass of wine (or three) and a proper old natter while you tuck in to a hearty fish and chip supper.

Held at one of Brighton’s most prestigious venues The Grand Hotel the traditional Friday night seaside meal is being brought bang up to date with friendly networking and a  chance to have a real conversation with some of your contemporaries.

So, what can you expect from Fish Friday?

Where? In the stunning Victoria Terrace at The Grand Hotel.

When? Join us for drinks and mingling at 6:30pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm.

Who? Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend, but we limit it to a total of 30 guests. This way you get more chance of meeting everyone, and building some meaningful relationships.

Cost: £20.00

What’s for dinner? Locally caught crispy mini battered fillets (3 types) hand cut chip shop chips, mushy peas, lemon and tartare sauce all beautifully presented with a glass of wine or beer.

Then what happens? When we’ve all got full bellies and have got to know each other a bit better, we’ll give a few of you the chance to stand up and introduce yourself to the room (don’t be scared, we’re all lovely).

Don’t want to stand up and talk in a room full of people? No problem. Drop the team an email and you could feature on our ‘Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ Blog, giving the other attendees the chance to get to know a bit more about who you are and what you do before you meet them.

*You will be sent a list of attendees before you arrive so that you have a chance to find out about everyone, and put faces to names on the night.

After dinner… Anyone who still wants to party will head off to a bar and carry on nattering into the night. After all, it is Friday night…

**Book now for the first event on Friday 15th April**

The Venue

The Grand is an iconic Victorian hotel on Brighton seafront with 201 en-suite bedrooms with free Internet and Satellite TV. The Grand boasts cosy Victorian-style classic rooms and beautiful suites with sea views, balconies and luxurious décor.

You can dine like royalty under the chandeliers in the King’s Restaurant or treat yourself to a Sussex Cream Tea in the Victoria Terrace. For a prime people-watching position, grab an armchair and a cocktail at the bar.

The Organisers

My Girl Friday

Almat Business Services

The Grand Hotel

Qype: Giggling Squid in Brighton

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The Giggling Squid in Hove is located approximately 45 seconds from the door of my office, which makes it the perfect place to go and grab a lunchtime bite.

Their lunchtime menu offers excellent value for money, with their “Two Dish Meal Combi’s” – a choice of vegetarian, chicken or prawn at £5-£5.95. For this price you get a choice of either vegetable tempura, spring roll, dumpling or prawn on toast accompanied by a small meal.

My personal favourite (and exceptional value for money) is the “One Big Dish” – a choice of either Pad Thai, Green Curry, Red Curry (my favourite), Cashew Stir Fry, Grilled Beef & Sticky Rice or Beef & Oyster Sauce which cost between £5.50 and £6.30. An absolute bargain as for that money you feel completely stuffed… then go back to the office and fall asleep.

I’ve always found the service here, along with their other restaurant in The Lanes, to be warm, friendly and welcoming. For this I’m more than willing to overlook the fact that when it’s busy, it can be a little slow.

Plus, you get jelly beans with your bill. What more could you want?

Check out my review of Giggling Squid – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype