Sunday Salon - Brighton Authors

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Sunday Salon – Meet the authors of two bestselling Brighton novels
Sunday 16th June, 2019 3pm to 5pm

Many writers have been inspired by Brighton. This is a chance to meet two local novelists who have won international success with stories firmly rooted in the streets we live and work in, the streets that are the backdrop to our own lives.

Alison MacLeod

The award-winning Canadian author has lived in Brighton since 2000. From 2009-2018 she was Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester and now writes full-time. Alison’s most recent book, the story collection All the Beloved Ghosts, was named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Best Books of 2017’.

Alison MacLeod’s novel Unexploded is historical, Sarah Rayner’s One Moment One Morning is set in contemporary Brighton, both bring our city to life with compelling characters that step off the page.

Longlisted for the Man Booker prize and serialised for BBC Radio 4.

It’s May,1940 and the unthinkable has happened. France has fallen and Britain stands alone. Brighton residents wait for the enemy to land on the beach. There are rumours that Hitler wants to make the Pavilion his HQ.

Evelyn, brought up in Brunswick Square and now living with her husband and young son in Park Crescent, volunteers to help at the internment camp on the race course where 'enemy aliens' are held captive.

It's meticulously researched without showing off about it. It's full of character studies and psychological insights but doesn't shove them down your throat. It's poetic without being pretentious.The Observer

Sarah Rayner

Born in London, Sarah’s father was a psychoanalyst and her mother the author/illustrator of children’s books. Sarah’s own career started in fashion PR before she became an advertising copywriter and eventually turned to fiction. Three of her novels are set in her adopted home town of Brighton and she is currently writing her sixth. Sarah is also the author and publisher of a popular series of self-help books, focusing on mental health.

One Moment One Morning
Officially one of the 21st century’s bestselling books.

In a carriage packed with commuters a man has a heart attack on the 07:44 Brighton train to London. For at least three passengers life will never be the same again. In a moment everything can change.

Selling close to 300,000 copies in the UK alone, One Moment One Morning has been translated into eleven languages and published in China, South America and Eastern Europe.

"A book hard to put down…and characters so credible and real that I found myself looking out for them on the streets of Brighton." Sussex News

"Rayner is a swift, efficient plotter, nudging her characters towards the light of congruence and self-reliance. Her Brighton is carefully and affectionately mapped…" Times Literary Supplement

Here are a few comments from our first Salon:
“Lovely atmosphere…”
light-hearted, relaxed format”
fantastic and inspiring”


Where can I buy these novels?

From all good bookshops, but City Books, the independent bookshop in Western Road, are giving a fantastic £2 discount to ticket holders on both these titles. Just go in with proof that you’ve bought tickets to the Sunday Salon and the staff will do the rest. (To enjoy a permanent discount at City Books become a member of our Friends scheme.)

Is this the sort of event I can come to on my own?

An emphatic yes! The atmosphere is informal and guests have told us just how easy it is to meet and talk with people here…The Sunday Salon is a place to connect and share ideas.

The cake sounds great, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to eat it.

We’ll make sure that vegan and gluten-free cake are always available. We can also provide non-dairy milk for your tea.

What is The Regency Town House?

In three words - a momentous restoration project. Unlike most of the properties on Brunswick Square, the Regency Town House is remarkable as it remains relatively unchanged from its Georgian beginnings. But with age comes disrepair, which means a lot of skill andTLC is needed to restore it to its former glory. A team of hard-working and enthusiastic volunteers are helping to transform the property into a museum and heritage centre, with meticulous attention given to historical accuracy.

Where is Sunday Salon held?

In the first floor drawing room where grand parties were once held on a lavish scale. It’s the largest room in the Town House and if you look carefully you can see traces of one of the original decorative schemes on the walls. It’s an incredibly atmospheric and unique space.

How is disabled access?

It’s not easy making a listed Regency building accessible. The toilet is on the ground floor, but they are two flights of stairs to the drawing room and we don’t have a lift.

Can I park in Brunswick Square?

There are a very limited number of pay and display bays. Four hours costs £6.50. The nearest carpark is at Regency Square which is about a 10 minute walk

What’s public transport like ?

Very good. The following bus routes serve Western Road at the top of Brunswick Square: 1, 1A, 2, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 21, 46, 49 and 700. Hove and Brighton railway stations are about a (pleasant) 20-25 minute walk away.

It’s a fundraising event. Where will the money go?

Straight back into our restoration projects. Currently we are transforming the basement of 13 Brunswick Square. Ask one of our volunteers for more information.

Can I get involved?

We are always looking for volunteers to help out at events, to restore the building (painting, plastering, plumbing, carpentry), make costumes and help out in our fabulous kitchen. We also have a dedicatedresearch department because we are more than bricks and mortar – we are also a hub of local history. Again, talk to volunteers for more information or check out our website at http://www.rth.org.uk

Donations are also very welcome. We have a donation box in the shape of a mini Town House in the hall, but joining our Friends scheme is probably the most important form of support and there are benefits. As a Friend you get:

  • Priority booking for all events (including Dine Like a Servant)
  • Invitation to exhibition private views
  • Regular updates about events and restoration
  • Exclusive annual tour of the Town House
  • A 15% discount at our excellent local bookshop City Books

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