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Sussex & Drugs & Rock & Roll to Shanghai & Chocolatey Shenanigans

As part of this year’s Festival of Chichester (18 June-17 July), Chichester Library is offering you the chance to visit war-time Shanghai, experience ‘The Great Drugs Bust’ and immerse in chocolate all while meeting award-winning authors!

The celebrations begin on 20 June with An Evening Visit to War-Time Shanghai at which local author Keiko Itoh will talk about her novel.  28 June will bring From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar, a tantalising event choc-full of info and confectionary capers. Followers of The Rolling Stones should rock up to Chichester Library on 30 June when author Simon Wells will reveal all about ‘The Great Drugs Bust’, a significant slice of Sussex social history.

Tickets for each event cost £4.00 and are available from Chichester Library on 01243 777351. Read on for more information about individual events:


my-shanghai-front-coverFestival of Chichester: An Evening Visit to War-time Shanghai – Chichester Library, Monday 20 June, 7.30pm

“The world of J.G. Ballard’s Empire of the Sun from a totally different angle.” Japanese-born local author, Keiko Itoh, will talk about her novel, My Shanghai, 1942-1946, which provides a rare perspective on the Pacific War through the eyes of a young Japanese housewife caught between her Christian values and love of her country.



Festival of Chichester: George Orwell: What Poetry? – Chichester Library, Thursday 23 June, 7.30pm

George Orwell, best known for penning Nineteen-Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, was also a bit of a poet. Dione Venables, cousin of his first muse, has put together a complete collection of George Orwell’s Poetry. Go along to hear readings of his poetry and find out how the collection was brought together.


Festival of Chichester: Chocolate – From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar – Chichester Library, Tuesday 28th June, 7.30pm

This promises to be an indulgent evening where we can explore one of our favourite things – chocolate. Join the journey from how cocoa beans are grown to harvest to production of wonderful, delicious products.


Sussex,drugsandrockandroll30thjuneFestival of Chichester: Sussex, drugs and rock and roll – Chichester Library, Thursday 30 June, 7.30pm

Hear about The Rolling Stones with author (and great-grandson of HG Wells ) Simon Wells. ‘The Great Drugs Bust’ has everything; sex, drugs, rock and roll and a huge slice of British social history. Simon Wells has written about film and music for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian and The Times.



JuliacrouchthelongfallAn Evening with Julia Crouch – Chichester Library, Tuesday 5th July, 7.30pm

Join best-selling Brighton writer Julia Crouch to hear about her new novel Her Husband’s Lover. In this stunning psychological thriller a woman has to stop her husband’s lover from ruining her life. After completing a drama degree at Bristol University, Julia spent ten years devising, directing and writing for the theatre.




Successful Self-Publishing – The CHINDI Way – Chichester Library, Thursday 7th July, 7.30pm

At this interactive workshop, four Chindi authors who have successfully published their books will share their experiences and lessons learnt. The event will cover editing, proofreading, cover design, printing and marketing initiatives that sell books.


An evening with Francesca Kay and Louise Doughty Monday 11th July 7.30pm

aneveningwithfrancescakayandlouisedoughty11thjulyJoin two best-selling authors for an exciting evening with West Sussex writer Isabel Ashdown, who will lead the discussion. Francesca Kay’s first novel, An Equal Stillness, won the Orange Award for New Writers in 2009 and her most recent novel is The Long Room. Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, including Apple Tree Yard which was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and will air as a four-part series on BBC1. Her most recent novel is Black Water.​



Girls and Boys, The Class of 2016 – Monday 6 June -Saturday 25  June

An exhibition of art and photography work made during the past academic year as part of A2 A Level. Students extent their work by using a large range of media including oil painting, Linocutting, etching as well and combining materials to create mixed media pieces using edited photographs and collage.

All the World’s a Stage – Shakespeare & Co – Tuesday 29 June-Thursday 7 July.

An exhibition by Diana SmithDiana takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It and other classic plays for this exhibition of figure painting to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

To find out more, visit Chichester Library’s website or visit the Festival of Chichester website.


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“You’ve transformed our website so it’s now informative, friendly and accessible. Very, very grateful.”

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