Brighton’s finest authors, all under one roof

Sarah Rayner is one of over 100 authors in Brighton and Hove who together form the collective Beach Hut Writers (pictured below at their summer picnic). 

‘All our members are published authors who are variously energised, distracted and inspired by the UK’s liveliest seaside city,’ Sarah explains. ‘We are brought together by our love for the written word, and aim to support one another through the writing process. Between us we cover almost every genre, from fantasy to crime and non-fiction to poetry. Some are Sunday Times’ bestsellers, others highly-respected in the literary world, and a few are poised on the brink of stardom with agented books awaiting publication, but all are professional writers living in Brighton and Hove with something unique to share.’

Beach Hut Writers launched with a sell-out event at Brighton Waterstones. Joining Sarah were (L to R) Emlyn Rees, Julia Crouch, Lizzie Enfield, MD Lachlan, Kate Harrison and Simon Toyne, and several other Beach Hut Writers were in the audience.

Since then Sarah has gone on to collaborate with fellow ‘Beachie’ Kate Harrison (pictured with Sarah, right). They co-authored the newly launched Making Friends with Depression, and local author Laura Wilkinson acted as editor.

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