Katy of Chichester Copywriter finds one of the most satisfying things about living in West Sussex is its beautiful and varied setting. The rolling South Downs stretching from nearby Goodwood through to Brighton, the mysterious ancient woodlands and burial grounds of Kingley Vale and the breath-taking coastline in and around Chichester Harbour have all moved our creative copywriter to put pen to paper.
Sussex has enthused myriad writers who have chosen to make it their bolthole, from John Keats (who drew inspiration from Chichester Cathedral in The Eve of St Agnes) and William Blake (who was tried for sedation just over the road from Chichester’s Copywriter’s office) to authors of literary classics Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Virginia Woolf to modern favourites Neil Gaiman and Kate Mosse.
This unassuming county – nestled between Hampshire, Surrey and Kent – has acquired many fans over the years and stirred many creative musings. “Sussex by the sea”, as proclaimed by William Ward-Higgs’ unofficial county anthem thought to be inspired by Kipling’s 1902 poem Sussex, made the perfect location for Katy’s Writers’ Retreats and is now home to her creative workshops for children, Story Factory Chichester.
On Tuesday 24 May, two of Chichester Copywriter’s great loves – Sussex and writing – will be celebrated at Chichester Library in A Sussex Evening: Elgar and Downland Poems. From 19.30, a selection of music, verse and illustrations will be presented by Terry Timblick with poems read by Christine Rowlands. Tickets for this event cost £4.00 each and are available directly from Chichester Library.