The Book of Brighton and Hove is now available across the city

A guide book to Brighton & Hove unlike any other…

“The pavilion was built by a king in 1967[...] It’s got big domes like India and onions.”

“This is ant city. You are never alone because all your ant friends are here. No one knows about it because no one cares about the ants except us.”

“If one day you wake up and you are invisible this is the walk you should do. First eat fish and chips for breakfast and watch YouTube (no one can tell you not to).”

In May 2022 we, alongside Andy Field and Beckie Darlington launched The Book of Brighton and Hove as part of Brighton Festival. With input from over 200 children from Benfield, Woodingdean, St. Luke’s and Queen’s Park Primary Schools, it captures the outlook of our city from the perspective of its young inhabitants. 

At the beginning of the project each class was given a five-day activity pack to complete, with a different set of activities each day that enabled the children to explore local history, geography, civic society and their own experience of Brighton & Hove through creative writing, drawing and conversation. The stories, ideas, descriptions and inventions that the children created from this activity pack formed the basis of the book.

We are incredibly excited to share that you can now pick up your very own copy from a number of places throughout Brighton and Hove for a suggested donation of £5. These are:

The Book of Brighton and Hove was commissioned by Brighton Festival, caravan and Heart of Glass and produced by LOOKOUT Brighton, Andy Field and Beckie Darlington with illustrations by Rhi Moxon and graphic design by Will Brady. Funded by Arts Council England.

Photographs on this blog by Ian Greenland. Illustration by Rhi Moxon.