Spoken Word

Saturday, June 16, 2-3pm.


SACRED NATURE IN POETRY, SANDRA SAER OF SMH BOOKS, CAFE BAR, NEW PARK CENTRE, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

Following the successful performances of Sacred Nature 1 and Sacred Nature 2 at Arundel Festival, Sandra Saer reads some of the poems about nature and animals, written through the ages. She will invite members of the audience to join her in reading some of the poems. Tickets £6; seniors £4; students £3; children £2 if accompanied by an adult. Disabled access.

 

Monday, June 18, 8pm.

POLLINATORS: WHAT’S THE BUZZ? BUGLIFE, NEW PARK CENTRE AND TRANSITION CHICHESTER, NEW PARK CENTRE, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

Welcome to the secret life of pollinators and other invertebrates. Learn about the key groups involved in pollination, how they live their lives, why they’ve declined and what we can all do to help protect them. All profits to Buglife. See also National Meadows Day celebration, Saturday, July 7. Tickets £5. Disabled access.

 

Tuesday June 19, 6.30-7.45pm.

STANDING UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – A TALK BY KATE ALLEN, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL NAVE, CHICHESTER, PO19 1PX.

Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK, will explain the role of human rights defenders in a complex and changing world, 70 years after the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Organised by the Bognor Regis, Chichester & District Group of Amnesty International and Chichester Cathedral. Free entry, with retiring collection.
Disabled access.

 

 

Thursday, June 21, 6-7pm.

DARWIN’S LEGACY, TALKS AT SIX, MEETING HOUSE, PRIORY ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NX.

Craig Gershater will trace the origins of modern biology back to the life and work of Charles Darwin and his book On the Origin of Species. From the Galapagos Islands to synthetic biology today, an exciting journey. Admission free with donations to Cancer Research UK. Disabled access.

 

Thursday, June 21, 7.30pm.


COUNTRY CHRONICLES, DAVID JOHNSTON, THE STUDIO, NEW PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

David Johnston discusses the decline of songbirds, the recorded habits of hawks, flora and fauna, rustic buildings, follies and local characters, with a selection of illustrations from his fine-art paintings and vivid photographs. The substance of the talk stems from his popular book A Sussex Wayfarer’s Nature Notes. Tickets £5. Disabled access.

 

Friday, June 22, 9.30am, 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am.

AN INTRODUCTION TO ANCESTRY WITH GEOFFREY REDMAN, INFORMATION LIBRARIAN, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

These short half-hour sessions will show you how to get onto Ancestry in the library and will include a tour of the site. You’ll find out what’s available on Ancestry and pick up tips on how to search for your ancestors. Book your free session at the library. Disabled access.

 

Friday, June 22, 2pm.

THE BUGLER ON THE SOMME, THE STORYTELLERS, UPSTAIRS AT ST MARTIN’S TEA ROOMS, ST MARTIN’S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NP.

Marking the centenary of the Armistice that ended The Great War, The Storytellers use words and music to illustrate the contrasting wartime experiences of Sir Edward Elgar and that other giant of 20th-century English music, Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Admission free. No disabled access.

 

Friday, June 22, 7pm.

SUMMER CONCERT – PETER RICE WITH CHICHESTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, DANCE AND SPEECH, ST MARY’S CHURCH, CHAPEL LANE, SENNICOTTS, PO18 9AJ.

A light-hearted mixture of music and the spoken word, with refreshments in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Tickets £12; seniors and students £6; children free.

 

Saturday, June 23, 2pm.

DELIVER ME FROM EVIL – BOOK LAUNCH, TERRY STANTON, FISHBOURNE CHURCH HALL, PO22 2AA.

Historical novel of the true dramatic life story of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford (1593-1641). Thomas’s fictional autobiography tells the personal and political life of Charles 1st’s chief minister, his de facto rule as Ireland’s king, his three wives and his mistress. Book signing. Admission free, but donations to church hall funds welcome. Disabled access.

 

 

 

Saturday, June 23, 5.30pm.


CONSCIENCE IN POLITICS TODAY, CHICHESTER QUAKERS, QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, PRIORY ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NX.

Labour rebel and Quaker Ruth Cadbury, who lost her Shadow Cabinet post over Brexit, discusses her personal journey. Tickets £5; students and children free. Disabled access.

 

 

Monday, June 25, 7.30pm.


THE STRANGE BUSINESS OF MAKING HISTORY IN BRONZE – PHILIP JACKSON, ASSEMBLY ROOM, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.

Organised by The Three Cities – Chartres Ravenna Valletta. Internationally-renowned sculptor Philip Jackson in conversation with former Daily Telegraph literary editor John Coldstream. Philip will talk about his life and work and promises to bring along some maquettes of some of his sculptures. The talk will be followed by refreshments from France, Italy and Malta. Tickets £10. Disabled access.

 

Tuesday, June 26, 12-3.30pm.

THE OLDIE LITERARY LUNCH, THE OLDIE MAGAZINE, VICARS’ HALL, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, CHICHESTER, PO19 1PX.

The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the London literary. Held monthly at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, we also partner with regional literary festivals. This will be our first visit to the Festival of Chichester. A three-course lunch will be followed by three guest speakers who will each speak for ten minutes. Speakers at the lunch are Anna Pasternak on Lara: The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivago, Stanley Johnson on Kompromat and Christopher Somerville on The January Man: A Year of Walking Britain. Tickets £62.

 

Tuesday, June 26, 6.30pm.

REFLECTIONS ON THE FUTURE OF POLITICS, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1PX.

A Chichester Theological Society lecture by Angela Tilby: Somewhere and Anywhere – a theological reflection on David Goodhart’s book on the populist revolt and the future of politics. Angela is a broadcaster and journalist, regularly on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and an Anglican priest. Admission free, with retiring collection. Disabled access.

 

Wednesday, June 27, 11am.


WAR INTO PEACE: PERSONALITIES AND STORIES OF FIRST WORLD WAR CHICHESTER AND ITS CATHEDRAL, THE WEST DOOR, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, PO19 1PX.

Discover stories of the soldiers of the Royal Sussex Regiment, the battles which shaped their lives and the experiences of individuals as expressed in poetry and prose. The focus will be on the last years of the conflict and the celebrations which marked its close. Tickets £6. Disabled access.

 

 

Thursday, June 28, 7.30pm.


POETRY & JAZZ CAFE WITH LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES, EDES HOUSE, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RW.

Acclaimed author and poet Louis de Bernières and jazz duo Jo Fooks with Ted Beament entertain and inspire. Louis will read from his collection of poems, Of Love and Desire. Enjoy a delightful mix of words and music with complimentary home-made cake in the splendid setting of grade I listed Edes House. Tickets £15. Disabled access.

 

 

Friday, June 29, 12 noon.


LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES LUNCHTIME TALK, VICARS’ HALL, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL CLOSE, CHICHESTER, PO19 1EJ.

Join the internationally-acclaimed author Louis de Bernières discussing his latest book, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, a powerful story of love and war set in the early 20th century. His much-loved story, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, has become a modern classic and was made into a major feature film. Tickets £6. Disabled access.

 

 

Friday, June 29, 6pm.


THE ART OF MAKING THINGS HAPPEN, THE NOVIUM MUSEUM, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QH.

Theatre director Roger Redfarn in conversation with the distinguished theatre designer Pamela Howard, whose unique approach to designing and directing has dazzled audiences around the world. Her writings on scenography have become classics in contemporary theatre. Tickets £10. Disabled access.

 

Saturday, June 30, 6-7pm.

AN EVENING WITH KATE MOSSE, TALKS AT SIX, JUBILEE HALL, NEW PARK CENTRE, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

Kate Mosse, our well-known Chichester author, will talk about her writings and recently-published book, The Burning Chambers. Kate hosts the pre and post-performance interview series at Chichester Festival Theatre. Admission free, with donations to the Parkinson’s Society. Disabled access.

 

Saturday, June 30, 7.30pm.

THE AZURE MAIN, HAMPSHIRE RECORDER SINFONIA, ST GEORGE’S CHURCH, CLEVELAND ROAD, WHYKE, CHICHESTER, PO19 7AD.

Reflections on our sea-bound island heritage. Traditional and contemporary water music and words to inspire and delight. HRS festival fundraiser for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester. Tickets £10 to include interval refreshments; children free. Disabled access.

 

Sunday, July 1, 10.30am.

OPEN STUDIO – VINCENT GRAY SCULPTURES, UNIT 2, THE COURTYARD, CROW’S HALL FARM, CHILGROVE ROAD, LAVANT, PO18 9HP.

A selection of large and small sculpture, current projects and commissions including updates on the Nelson and Murray statue for Chichester, funding, progress and planning. Also, Keats in bronze, one year on. Admission free. Disabled access.

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 2, 2pm.


WAR INTO PEACE: PERSONALITIES AND STORIES OF FIRST WORLD WAR CHICHESTER AND ITS CATHEDRAL, THE WEST DOOR, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, CHICHESTER, PO19 1PX.

Discover stories of the soldiers of the Royal Sussex Regiment, the battles which shaped their lives and the experiences of individuals as expressed in poetry and prose. The focus will be on the last years of the conflict and the celebrations which marked its close. Tickets £6. Disabled access.

 

 

Monday, July 2, 6.30-7.45pm.


20 ESSENTIAL WEBSITES FOR SELF-PUBLISHING, CHINDI, HENNINGS, 53 NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NQ.

Six years of experience in just over an hour. Local CHINDI authors share the 20 websites you must know about to publish successfully. We will discuss: checking the grammar and readability of your manuscript; proofreading and editing; publishing as an e-book, audio book or printed book and marketing through social media. Ticket £8, includes glass of wine. No disabled access.

 

Tuesday, July 3, 6.30-7.45pm.


HOW TO WRITE A SHORT STORY AND GET PUBLISHED, CHINDI, HENNINGS, 53 NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NQ.

Local CHINDI authors share the secrets of writing short stories to get published in magazines, win competitions or just for fun. This informative evening will cover: how to develop a story,  proofreading and editing, submitting stories to competitions, getting your stories published in various formats and marketing. Tickets £8, includes glass of wine. No disabled access.

 

Tuesday, July 3, 7.30 pm.

A CELEBRATION OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CHICHESTER WRITERS’ CIRCLE, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Chichester Writers’ Circle has existed for more than 30 years.  We share a common interest in improving our technique within a friendly group, and we meet monthly to offer each other constructive support and encouragement. Meetings comprise a mixture of outside speakers, workshops and appraisal of members’ work in progress. Tickets £5. Disabled access.

 

Tuesday, July 3, 7.30pm.


NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE, CHRISTOPHER KENT & GAMAL KHAMIS, OXMARKET GALLERY, ST ANDREW’S COURT, OFF EAST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1YH.

The acclaimed narrative recital of words and music from the First World War by actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis, first seen in 2016. Including poetry, music and the real-life story of Private Percy O’Key, it has been described by audiences as “deeply moving” and “immensely absorbing”.

Tickets £12; students/unwaged £8; includes glass of wine. Disabled access.

 

Wednesday, July 4, 5.30pm.


A FEAST OF FLASH FICTION, #WORTHINGFLASH,NEW PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

Flash fiction and short stories from Worthing writers Derek McMillan, Julian M Miles and Caroline Osella. Tickets £1. Disabled access.

 

Wednesday, July 4, 6pm.


VANESSA NICOLSON: THE TRUTH GAME, WATERSTONES BOOKSHOP, THE DOLPHIN AND ANCHOR, CHICHESTER, PO10 9HD.

Vanessa Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville West and this is her honest and heart-breaking memoir. Told as a series of 14 lucid vignettes, The Truth Game is both a haunting exploration of love, loss and grief and a portrait of discontent at the heart of one of Britain’s most eminent families. Tickets £4 (£3 redeemable against purchase of the book). Disabled access.

 

Wednesday, July 4, 6.30-7.30pm.


WRITING FOR CHILDREN, CHINDI, HENNINGS, 53 NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NQ.

Local CHINDI authors share the secrets of writing children’s books and how to publish them as an e-book, printed book or audio book. How do you create a picture book? What are the top tips when writing for older children? How can I market my book? All will be revealed. Tickets £8, includes glass of wine. No disabled access.

Thursday, July 5, 6-7pm.

PRISONERS OF PORCHESTER, TALKS AT SIX, THE STUDIO, NEW PARK CENTRE, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

Paul Chamberlain, an expert on Waterloo, will tell the story of the war prison at Portchester Castle. Once the home to 7,000 of Napoleon’s soldiers and seamen, how they lived and died and how they occupied their time. Admission free with donations to Waterloo Uncovered. Disabled access.

 

Thursday, July 5, 6-7pm.

ARTIST’S TALK: CATHERINE BARNES, FESTIVAL ARTISTS, JUNO STUDIO, 107 CEDAR DRIVE, CHICHESTER, PO19 3EL.

#Hecklers welcome, and probably some wine about. “What are these paintings all about?” Festival Artist Catherine Barnes (Camberwell and Goldsmiths’) talks about her paintings and drawings and discusses other artists who have influenced the work shown in her studio exhibition. www.catherinebarnes.com. Admission free. Disabled access.

 

Thursday, July 5, 6.30-8pm.


WORDS AND WINE QUIZ, CHINDI, HENNINGS, 53 NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NQ.

Join CHINDI authors and wine experts from Hennings in four rounds of questions about books and wine. Each wine round ends with a wine tasting. With over £100 or prizes to be won, this is a fun event for all bibliophiles and wine lovers. Maximum teams of four. Sold out last year. Tickets £10, includes glass of wine. No disabled access.

 

Thursday, July 5, 7pm.


PARDON AND PEACE – A CRITICAL RELATIONSHIP, UN ASSOCIATION – UK, CHICHESTER BRANCH, WEST SUSSEX COUNCIL CHAMBER, COUNTY HALL, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RQ.

As the world tries to contend with division and fighting between warring factions, the Very Rev Nicholas Frayling, Dean Emeritus of Chichester Cathedral and who has a wide reputation for reconciliation, considers this and the role of civil society, underpinned by the United Nations, in promoting the healing of history. Tickets £7; students and children free. Disabled access.

 

Thursday, July 5, 7.30pm.


WEST SUSSEX & CHICHESTER DURING THE GREAT WAR BY MARTIN HAYES, COUNTY LOCAL STUDIES LIBRARIAN, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

This talk looks towards the centenary of the Great War Armistice, remembering the contribution local people made to the war effort, and will cover topics as diverse as American air bases, army camps, food, fund-raising, hospitals, invasion counter-measures, local economy, munitions production, the role of women and war memorials. Tickets £5. Disabled access.

 

Friday, July 6, 6.30-7.45pm.


WRITING AND PUBLISHING THRILLERS, CHINDI, HENNINGS, 53 NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NQ.

Welcome to the world of independent thriller writing where it isn’t all best sellers and signing sessions. Tune in to the highs and lows of getting your book published, advertised and sold, and learn how Michael Parker managed to cope with the least expected aspect of becoming a published author. Tickets £8, includes glass of wine. No disabled access.

 

Tuesday, July 10, 5.30pm.

ARTS & CULTURAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS – JOIN THE CHALLENGE! SUSSEX ARTS ACADEMY WITH ARTSWORK, OXMARKET GALLERY, ST ANDREWS COURT, EAST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1YH.

Are you involved in the arts or education or a leader in other public, private or voluntary sectors? Do you want better arts and cultural education in schools? Then you are invited to explore Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge and approaches for Cultural Education Partnership working in West Sussex. Admission free. Disabled access.

 

Tuesday, July 10, 6.30pm.


SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL: POETRY AND MUSIC, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, WEST STREET,

A celebration of poetry and music in the atmospheric setting of the Cathedral. Join film/stage/TV actor Michael Jayston, distinguished poet Robyn Bolam (Bloodaxe & Hampshire Poet 2018), with South Downs poets Stephanie Norgate (Bloodaxe) and Barry Smith (SDPF director) for a stimulating reading of new poetry alongside classic Sussex poems read by Michael Jayston. Live music by Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar. Disabled access.  Tickets £6; students £4.

 

Tuesday, July 10, 7.30pm.

THE GREAT WALKS OF SUSSEX – DAVID BATHURST, BOXGROVE PRIORY, BOXGROVE, PO18 0ED.

A talk about the Great Walks Of Sussex – the 19 waymarked name footpaths in Sussex of 12 miles or more, from the South Downs Way to the High Weald Landscape Trail. David Bathurst will provide a sparkling overview of these paths for the would-be walker and the armchair traveller. Admission free. Retiring collection for Priory funds. Disabled access.

 

Thursday, July 12, 6-7pm.

MANDELA – LIFE INSIDE, TALKS AT SIX, MEETING HOUSE, PRIORY ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NX.

Colin Chambers, who was the Chaplain on Robben Island when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there in the 1960s, will tell us the stories of the time, the regime and conditions under which Mandela lived for 18 years. Admission free with donations to Faith and Football.

 

Thursday, July 12, 7.30pm.

COUNTRY CHRONICLES, DAVID JOHNSTON, THE STUDIO, NEW PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

David Johnston discusses the decline of songbirds, the recorded habits of raptors, flora and fauna, rustic buildings, follies and local characters, with a selection of illustrations from his fine-art paintings and vivid photographs. The substance of the talk stems from his popular book A Sussex Wayfarer’s Nature Notes. Tickets £5. Disabled access.

 

Thursday, July 12, 9.30pm-10.15pm.

THUMBELINA: A MUSICAL FAIRYTALE, AMICI CONCERTS, ST PANCRAS CHURCH, EASTGATE SQUARE, CHICHESTER, PO19 7LJ.

Fantastical encounters lead Thumbelina to faraway lands where she finds the meaning of freedom and true love. This magical tale by Hans Christian Andersen is brought to life in a one-woman show by Egyptian-German singer-composer Merit Ariane, through song from Europe to the Middle East, referencing Sephardic folklore, Gershwin, Darwish and Montsalvatge. www.meritariane.com. Tickets £10 (or £3 if attending after Zamaan Trio); under 25 years £5. Disabled access.

 

Saturday, July 14, 10am-4pm.

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE LAUNCH DAY, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Join us at the library to launch this years’ Summer Reading Challenge – Mischief Makers which is celebrating 80 years of The Beano. There will be lots going on including children’s author Barbara Cluff at 11am, face-painting and many crafty things to make and do. Admission free. Disabled access.

 

Saturday, July 14, 11am.

STORY TIME WITH CARTWHEELING CHESTIE NUT AND  NIC AND HIS NUTTY N’UNCLE,  BARBARA CLUFF – LOCAL CHILDREN’S AUTHOR, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Sing along with the red squirrel, Cartwheeling Chestie Nut, who through his adventures, learns about life. In Nic and his Nutty N’Uncle, find out how to make a perfect cup of tea, improve a stew and ballet dance with the stars. Excellent reviews from local schools and Ann Widdecombe MP. Admission free. Disabled access.

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