Brit Grit Alley

Brit Grit Alley features news and updates on what's happening down British crime fiction's booze and blood soaked alleyways.

By Paul D. Brazill

Well, last weekend saw the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Festival take place in Harrogate, England. The event is held at the Old Swan Hotel, which is where the far from gritty  Agatha Christie stayed after she did a runner back in the olden days.

There were all sorts of events and panels going on, but this year the one that seems to have garnered the most publicity was a panel about e books vs paper books. A pretty overdone topic, I'm sure you'll agree, but apparently this 'heated 'debate' was also enlivened by somebody calling somebody a 'tosser'. Handbags at dawn, indeed.

Anyway, you can read Luca Veste's festival report here. Sounds like a good do, mind you!

Stuart Ayris' début novel Tollesbury Time Forever  received a great deal of well deserved praise and he has just published the eagerly awaited  follow up, The Bird That Nobody Sees, which promises to be another beaut.

Jay Stringer's marvellous début novel Old Gold is out now, or should be pretty soon, and he has a natter about it and other stuff with Tony Black over at Pulp Pusher.

One of the best ezine's knocking about at the moment is Near To The Knuckle. They have some great stories over there from Stuart Ayris, Chris Leek, McDroll, Gareth Sparks and many others. And they are now  open for submissions so why not pop over  and find out more?

And if you haven't read Ian Ayris' brilliant novel  Abide With Me yet, you can get a taste of  it by reading the first two chapters here.


Spinetingler Award nominee Paul D. Brazill has had bits and bobs of short fiction published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 8 and he has edited two anthologies - True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste -(Guilty Conscience) and Drunk On The Moon (Dark Valentine Press). His blog is here.