Creative Brighton

Last week Design Week asked a group of creative directors from around the UK why their location was a good place for a creative agency to be. My husband and co-director at Harrison Agency, Chris, suggested I respond with a poem about Brighton. Never one to turn a fun piece of creative writing down, I got stuck right in. Here’s my answer below. (And if you’re looking to relocate to somewhere with creative work in mind, the full article is worth a read.)

 

You might think you’ve got Brighton sussed

A town built on weekends of lust

With hipsters and greens

Mods, rockers and queens

The odd bit of new agey crust

 

Yet bold ideas are key to this place:

Its royal palace once deemed a disgrace

But a prince with a vision

Ignored all derision

The result? An iconic ace

 

This city gets under your nails

Its freedom puts wind in your sails

Be creative, be a freak

Brighton loves what’s unique

By contrast elsewhere simply pales

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The eagle has landed, not it?

After much tinkering and tampering, I’m pleased as punch to announce that my new novel, Blown-Away Man, is finally available to download on Amazon. Click here to take a look.

I’m also thrilled that the lovely and hugely successful author Dorothy Koomson has given it such an enthusiastic thumbs-up. How nice is that?

Blown-Away Man is a step away from the previous books I’ve written. For a start I’ve written from a male protagonist’s point of view, rather than lots of different characters’ view points. There’s also a distinct lack of sizzling heat and tzatziki in this novel, with the story being set in Lincolnshire, London, Pembrokeshire and Brighton. Bizarrely, in my earlier drafts, I’d written a chapter set in Australia’s Northern Territories, and another chapter set in Ibiza. But they just weren’t working and didn’t make it to the final cut. This story just stubbornly refused to leave the UK. And I’m glad.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it – and if you do, please leave a review on Amazon recommending it to others. My publisher (that’s me) and my publicist (also me) will be dead chuffed, as our advertising budget’s a bit thin on the ground.

Lastly, if you’re interested, here’s the Maxell Tapes ad that crops up in the story. Takes me right back…