Bookstock Event: Ghost Stories at The Grand, Brighton

What? Ghost Stories at The Grand Hotel with Rob Marks, author of The Ghosts of Brighton’s Lanes

When? Sunday 12th June 2011, 7pm

Where? The Grand Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton

Come along to the stunning candlelit Regency Room at The Grand Hotel for an evening of ghost stories with Rob Marks – actor, entertainer, storyteller and author of The Ghosts of Brighton’s Lanes.

For many years, Rob divided his time between teaching theatre studies and entertaining. For seven years he ran the popular ‘Ghost Cruise’ in York, which is reputed to be England’s most haunted city.

Always a big fan of Brighton, Rob moved to the city in 2008 after researching and scripting ‘The Ghost Walk of the Lanes’. A familiar face around the City, Rob performs the walk around Brighton’s most haunted quarter for eleven months of the year in the guise of the mysterious, yet endearing Victorian character, Silas the Ghost Walker.

Rob also writes regular features and reviews for the Brighton Visitor magazine and is an active member of the Brighton Tourism Alliance. Last year Rob’s book, The Ghosts of Brighton’s Lanes, was published. This modest tome elaborates on many of the haunted places, buildings and taverns in the Lanes and has proved a popular seller with locals and tourists alike.

Rob is now moving into performing in-house candlelit ghost nights, a Jack the Ripper night, Victorian days for primary school pupils and is currently working on a book of ghost stories from England’s most haunted cities…

Rob’s book, The Ghosts of Brighton’s Lanes will be available to buy on the evening.

All profits from this event will go to The Variety Club children’s charity.

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