Reading the South is a project run in collaboration with East Sussex and West Sussex libraries, supported by Creatives Across Sussex, encouraging people to explore what the south means to them.
The counties of East and West Sussex, renowned for the natural beauty of the South Downs and coastline as well as their proud history and heritage, are home to a diverse mix of rural and urban communities. Life in Sussex has been celebrated in books, plays and films through the ages, but how do they inspire contemporary authors in their writing?
This three month project aims to explore that sense of identity through the work of a number of contemporary authors, who either live in the South or have been influenced by the region in their work. Sussex authors – including Jane Rusbridge, Juliet West, Stephanie Norgate and Simon Brett – will be leading free reading and writing workshops that will explore “a sense of place”.
Here is a schedule of events taking place at West Sussex Libraries:
Juliet West – Creative Writing
Tuesday October 6 10.30 – 12.30
Tuesday October 27 6.30 – 8.30
Tuesday November 10 6.30 – 8.30
Niyati Keni – Reading Group
Thursday 24 September 7.00 – 9.00
Thursday 15 October 7.00 – 9.00
Friday 13 November 7.00 – 9.00
Also event with both authors open to the public:
Tuesday November 17th evening
Stephanie Norgate – Creative Writing
Monday 5 October 12.30 – 2.30 and 3.00 – 5.00
Monday 26 October 12.30 – 2.30 and 3.00 – 5.00
Monday 16 November 12.30 – 2.30 and 3.00 – 5.00
Mark Peterson – Reading Groups
Friday 25 September 10 – 12
Friday 16 October 2 -4
Friday 13 November 2 – 4
Jane Rusbridge – Creative Writing
Friday November 13 1.00pm
Friday November 20 3.00pm
Friday November 27 1.00pm
Simon Brett – Reading Group
Monday 21 September 10.00
Monday 12 October 2.00
Friday 16 October 10.00
Discussion with authors Priya Parmar and Damian Barr
Lewes Live Literature
All Saints Centre, Lewes
Lee Rourke, Suzanne Joinson and other authors discuss books from Reading the South, and exchange ideas and views about what forms a ‘southern’ voice in literature.
For more information about the project and to find out more about the authors taking part, please visit Reading the South’s website.