We kicked things off with a big announcement about the launch of our Brighton Prize.
This short story prize offers writers the chance to win cash, as well as a place on the bill at our Brighton Festival Fringe show, and all the kudos that comes with being a prizewinner.
And on to the show….
Lucy Britner opened the night with her flash piece ‘It’s Your Funeral’ – a funny story of love gone more than slightly wrong, which raised a good few laughs.
Linda Baker took us into the desert and gave us her take on archaeology with ‘The Fake’.
Holly Dawson gave us ‘Everything Here Belongs in a Cage’ – a beautiful, thought-provoking story of art and deafness that will surely stick with the audience for a long time.
Pete Maguire read ‘Have the Schemes of Nature Succeeded in Dreaming You Pure?’, a very funny story featuring a talking sheep and its well-meaning would-be saviours.
Heather McKenzie gave us the evening’s second piece of flash. ‘Out of Time’ had the audience hooked with its tale of time-travel refugees.
Nicolas Ridley read ‘Always’ – an atmospheric story of life in the faded other-world of Britain’s old colonial outposts.
And finally, Bill Parslow (one of our very first readers back in 2011) gave us The Reversed Fish – a political story with fairytale roots.
More pictures in the gallery.