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Events organised by Chichester Library for Festival of Chichester 2015

Festival of Chichester, comprising more than 200 events, will run for its third year from 13th June to 12th July in and around the city of Chichester, West Sussex.

This year, Chichester Library has put together another varied programme of arts, literature and historical events which will take place either in the library in Tower Street or over the road in The Novium Museum.

Chichester Copywriter has been asked to share details of these events:


The Lovers of Amherst by William NicholsonMonday 15th June: An Evening with William Nicholson at Chichester Cathedral, 6.30pm.

Join twice Oscar-nominated, OBE, screenwriter, playwright and novelist William Nicholson as he discusses his latest book The Lovers of Amherst. William Nicholson has written scripts for films such as Gladiator, Shadowlands, Les Miserables and Mandela Long Walk to Freedom.

Tickets are £5 and are available from Chichester Library: 01243 777351.


Thursday 18th June: Behind the Scenes at Chichester Festival Theatre at Chichester Library, 7.30pm.

Behind the scenes staff, past and present, will talk about tackling some of Chichester Festival Theatre’s biggest technical challenges and bring to life documents from its archive.

Tickets are free and available from Chichester Library: 01243 777351.


Friday 19th June: An Evening with Tim Weaver at Chichester Library, 7.30pm.

The bestselling author of novels Chasing the Dead, The Dead Tracks, Vanished and Never Coming Back will discuss his latest novel Fall From Grace and missing persons investigator David Raker, who features in all Tim Weaver’s novels.

Tickets are £3 and are available from Chichester Library: 01243 777351.

Monday 22nd June: Dementia Awareness Day and Signing for the Brain at Chichester Library, 12.00-6.00pm.

Alzheimer’s Society and West Sussex Library Service invite you to drop in to learn more about dementia and the dementia services available in the local area. There will be a ‘Singing for the Brain’ session from 5.00 until 6.00pm. Singing for the Brain sessions help people with dementia to communicate and improve their senses of wellbeing. The session will be themed around 60s, 70s and 80s music and fancy dress is encouraged.

Tickets are not required, just drop in at Chichester Library on the day.

Tuesday 23rd June: Successful Self-publishing the CHINDI Way at Chichester Library, 7.30pm.

Four Chichester writers from CHINDI, who have successfully self-published their books, will share their experiences and lessons learnt in this interactive workshop. The event will cover editing, proofreading, cover design and marketing initiatives that help to sell books.

Tickets are £4 and are available from Chichester Library: 01243 777351.


Wednesday 24th June: The Art of Fore Edge Painting at the Novium Museum, 4.00-5.00pm.

Come along to this illustrated talk on the secret art of fore edge painting. During the last forty years, Sussex artist Martin Frost has painted over 3000 examples of this curious form of English book decoration. His teaching workshops have been well received in America, Canada and the UK.

Creative copywriter Katy is looking forward to discovering more about this bookish art form!

Tickets are £4 and are available from Chichester Library: 01243 777351 and The Novium Museum: 01243 775888.


Down Among the Dead Men by Peter LoveseyMonday 29th June: An Evening with Peter Lovesey at Chichester Library, 7.30pm.

Celebrated crime writer Peter Lovesey, winner of the prestigious Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for Crime Writing, talks about his latest novel Down Among the Dead Men. Detective Peter Diamond will come to Chichester in this novel and the crime is set in and around the City.

Tickets are £3 and are available from Chichester Library: 01243 777351.


Tuesday 30th June: Ladies Night in with authors Harriet Evans and Jill Mansell at Chichester Library, 7.30pm.

Sunday Times bestselling author Harriet Evans will talk about her beautiful emotionally-charged novel, A Place for Us, alongside No. 1 bestselling author Jill Mansell whose new novel Three Amazing Things About You deals with a young woman whose time is running out. This promises to be captivating, humbling and charming in equal measure.

Tickets are £3 and are available from Chichester Library: 01243 777351.

Tuesday 7th July: An Evening with Pippa Greenwood at Chichester Library, 7.30pm.

Growing your own vegetables is fun, but even better if you have plenty of success! Pippa will take a look at some of her favourite crops, best varieties and give plenty of tips for how to have a great growing year… including telling those slugs who is boss!

Pippa Greenwood is a leading light in the world of horticulture. She was a presenter on BBC Two’s Gardener’s World for over 13 years and the gardening consultant for Rosemary and Thyme. She is a regular panellist and bug expert on Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time, has written a number of award-winning books and contributes to BBC Gardener’s World magazine.

Katy of Chichester Copywriter is hoping to pick up some tips for how to keep her balcony in tip-top condition.

Tickets are £4 and are available from Chichester Library: 01243 777351.


Thursday 9th July: Blood Royal with authors Vanora Bennett, Elizabeth Fremantle and Robyn Young at Chichester Library, 7.30pm.

Historical novelists Vanora Bennett, Elizabeth Fremantle and Robyn Young will discuss whether royal blood is a curse or a blessing by exploring some of the most brutal periods in British history, from Medieval Scotland’s blood feuds and the murderous Tudor dynasty to women struggling for succession in post-reformation England.

Tickets are £3 and are available from Chichester Library: 01243 777351.

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