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Film Star to read at South Downs Poetry Festival

Actor Michael Jayston On 21 July, Michael Jayston (star of oscar-winning film Nicholas & Alexandra) will read poems from William Blake at Green and Pleasant Land, part of the South Downs Poetry Festival.

Renowned Romantic poet and artist Blake has a number of ties to West Sussex and the South Downs. He lived in Felpham, wrote Jerusalem while at the site of The Earl of March in Lavant, was trialled in Chichester’s Guildhall and now – 189 years after his death – will be celebrated at a poetry reading in one of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum’s historic buildings in Singleton. Also:

  • Sussex poets Stephanie Norgate, Alan Morrison, Barry Smith and James Simpson will read a medley of poetry
  • Classical guitarist Linda Kelsall-Barnett will play wonderful live music
  • Complimentary cake is included in the ticket price


Come along and share in a splendid celebration of poetry in the South Downs national park on Thursday 21 July, 7.30pm. Tickets are available directly from the Museum, South Downs Poetry Festival or Chichester Tickets (01243 813595).


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