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Chichester Library presents lashings of literary events for Festival of Chichester 2014…

Festival of Chichester is a celebration of the arts, offering a varied programme of events from 14th June to 13th July, 2014. This year, there is a varied programme of literary and writing events organised by Chichester Library, Waterstones and Chichester Copywriter.

Of course, Chichester Copywriter is running her third Writers’ Retreat – including creative writing workshops and writing and publishing talks with industry professionals – in a stunning and historical priory barn in Arundel from 5th to 6th July. Here’s a look at Chichester Library’s events:

An Evening with Arun Storytellers and Songsmiths

Experience the magic of stories brought to life and find out how important storytelling is to our history which includes a vast heritage of myths and folk tales.

Stories will be accompanied by live acoustic guitar music and light refreshments will be available.

  • Venue: Chichester Library
  • Date: Friday 20th June
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Tickets: £3 each


Emerging stories from the Festival Theatre archive

Professor of English Literature and theatre historian Simon Barker has been given special access to Chichester Festival Theatre’s archives and an insight into hidden histories.

He has published widely on Renaissance drama and has particular interests in how warfare was staged in the period, twentieth-century theatre and contemporary theatre.

  • Venue: Chichester Library
  • Date: Wednesday 25th June
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Tickets: Free – available at Chichester Library


An Evening with Peter James at Chichester Cathedral

Join internationally bestselling crime and thriller author Peter James and his iconic character, Brighton-based detective Roy Grace, to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Now published in 36 languages and having sold 14 million books worldwide, Peter James’ latest page turner Want You Dead is published in June 2014.

  • Venue: Chichester Cathedral
  • Date: Wednesday 2nd July
  • Time: 6.30pm
  • Tickets: £5 each


Michelle Magorian: Living together again
Set in the forties, Back Home, Cuckoo In the Nest and A Spoonful of Jam, follow the dramatic and humorous ups and downs of Rusty, Ralph and Elsie as they struggle to live harmoniously with their families after separation during the war years.

Michelle Magorian is the author of the critically acclaimed book Goodnight Mister Tom which won the 1982 Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and has been adapted several times for screen and stage.

  • Venue: Chichester Library
  • Date: Tuesday 1st July
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Tickets: £3 each


Abbie Headon: Poetry First Aid Kit

Whenever life throws you a curve-ball, the world of poetry is sure to provide an inspiring answer…

Fresh from her talk at Chichester Copywriter’s Writers’ Retreat, in this entertaining talk Abbie Headon will share her love of poetry. Abbie is the author of Poetry First Aid Kit and managing and commissioning editor at Summersdale Publishers Ltd. She will explore the power poetry has to affect us so deeply and reveal how poems from across the centuries can inspire and encourage us today.

  • Venue: Chichester Library
  • Date: Tuesday 8th July
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Tickets: £3 each


Great War West Sussex 1914-18: The Home Front

Join Emma White, Great War Project Manager and Martin Hayes, County Local Studies Librarian for an illustrated talk.

Find out about everything from military installations to the roles of women and the local economy.

  • Venue: Chichester Library
  • Date: Thursday 10th July
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Tickets: £3 each

Tickets for all of the above events are available from Chichester Library (01243 777351) or through Chichester Tickets (online or via Cathedral Shop box office – 01243 813595).


Mementoes: A creative writing workshop

A smoke helmet, gas mask, tobacco tin, haversack, personal letters and more – come and discover how everyday objects used by soldiers in World War I can inspire your writing. Use the artefacts in the museum to create a short story, a letter, a poem.

Denise Bennett has an MA in creative writing and runs classes in community settings. Her poems have been widely published and her first full length collection Planting the Snow Queen was published by Oversteps Books in 2011. Denise has also provided poetry workshops for Chichester Copywriter’s Writers’ Retreats in 2011 and 2013.

Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Venue: The Novium
  • Date: Saturday 12th July
  • Time: 10am-12.30pm
  • Tickets: £10 each available at Chichester Tickets (online or via Cathedral Shop box office – 01243 813595)


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