Literature gets digital with Flash Lit Fiction Cinema

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The line up for this year’s Flash Lit Fiction is finally shaping up for our evening event on Thurs 25 September at Phoenix Brighton.

So far, we have 10 short films, a talk on Slenderman and Creepypasta by Orbific (yeah, I hadn’t heard of it either!) and live performances from the MechaRobot, Brighton’s new poet diva.

Working with writer colleagues, Orbific and Chris Parkinson, we curated the film programme, asking writers we knew from Brighton, London and around the world to make new films for us. We also opened the platform up with an open submission call out.

I had no idea how it would go (writers aren’t known for being narcissistic in that sort of way) and it was definitely a major risk. So I was pleased when people came back to us with new offerings, as well as allowing us to screen previously made work.

This week, Chris made a how-to film to help show just how easy it was to make a film, which you can watch here.

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Flash Lit Fiction is no stranger to the Brighton Digital Festival. For the uninitiated, we started in 2011 as a flash fiction slam, with an experimental Twitter story competition that ran alongside it.

We literally got off to an explosive start at the Sticky Mike Frog Bar, when experimental band The A Band opened with a performance that saw sparks fly into the air (you can see photos here) and flash fiction writers slammed their way to a satisfying finish.

The Festival seemed like a good opportunity for literature nights to up their game and think more creatively how to use the digital sphere. I invited my Grit Lit partner Tim Lay, fellow literature promoter Tara Gould from Story Studio/Short Fuse and micro-fiction publisher Richard Hearn from Paragraph Planet to collaborate.

Three years of slams, three venues, 36 courageous slammers.

This year it felt like it was time to change the focus. Things in the Brighton literature world have shifted, and we considered that maybe writers don’t want to compete, just read out.

One thing that hasn’t changed with our formula is the Twitter story competition. This is a popular yearly feature that connects us with writers around the UK and the world. We’ve had healthy waves of entries throughout August and September.

Look out for the hashtag #FLF14 – and if you’re interested in giving it a go, you have 2 more days! We’ll be announcing winners on Thurs night.


Flash Lit Fiction Cinema
Thurs 25 September 7.30pm-9.30pm (doors 7pm)
Phoenix Brighton
10 – 14 Waterloo Pl.