Spoken Word

Saturday, June 15, 11am-12pm.

STORIES AND DRAWINGS WITH AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR SOPHY HENN, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Join author/illustrator Sophy Henn for stories, draw-alongs and some mind-blowing life-size facts in this jam-packed event which includes Bad Nana (early reader), Lifesize (non-fiction), Almost Anything and her brand-new picture book Super Duper You! For children ages four to eight. Free admission. Book on Eventbrite. Disabled access.


Monday, June 17, 7pm.

PROMOTE THAT BOOK, CHINDI AUTHORS, STUDIO, NEW PARK CENTRE, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

You have written a book, maybe you even have a publisher, now comes the difficult job – getting noticed. Join our panel of local authors to learn some of the secrets of gaining reviews with blog tours, networking on social media, targeted advertising at minimal cost and more. Refreshments available. Tickets £8. Disabled access.


Tuesday, June 18, 7.30pm.

CIRCULAR REASONING: THE RISE OF FLAT EARTH BELIEF, CHICHESTER SKEPTICS IN THE PUB, THE CHICHESTER INN, 38 WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RP.

In six years, Flat Earth belief has gone from niche to mainstream, gaining international media coverage and countless followers — but how did we get here? In this talk, skeptic Michael Marshall discusses his experiences of the Flat Earth movement and reports back from the UK’s first-ever Flat Earth convention. Tickets £6. Disabled access.


Wednesday, June 19, 12 noon-2pm.

ONE-WOMAN BANDS: FEMALE ACHIEVING, OFTEN WITHOUT MEN, SANDRA SAER, SMH BOOKS, OLD COURT ROOM, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.

A recent double celebration marked 30 years of publishing SMH books, with publication of my last book, for children, Star Sandwiches and Moon Custard. I consider the adventures, successes, calculated risks taken, mainly as a one-woman band. The current fashion is for women to go it alone, although not everything is possible without men! Tickets £7; seniors £5; students £5. Disabled access.


Wednesday, June 19, 6.30pm.

VICTORIA HISLOP IN CONVERSATION WITH KATE MOSSE, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, PO19 1PX.

Victoria Hislop, Sunday Times number-one bestselling author of The Island, talks to Cicestrian and successful writer Kate Mosse about her new novel, Those Who Are Loved. Set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and military dictatorship, Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity of Greece’s traumatic past. Tickets £7.50. Disabled access.


Thursday, June 20, 2pm.

BOHEMIAN TRAINSPOTTER GO AMERIKA, THE STORYTELLER, UPSTAIRS @ ST MARTIN’S TEAROOMS, 3 ST MARTIN’S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NP.

In 1891, Dvorak was invited to establish America’s first national music conservatoire. His time there, albeit brief, produced works considered among his greatest, including the New World Symphony. The Storyteller, aka Len Gould, relates the bittersweet tale in words and music. Come early; space is limited. Remember to purchase something from the café. Free admission. No disabled access.


Thursday, June 20, 6-7pm.

500 YEARS OF CAMBRIDGE SPIES, TALKS AT SIX, BASSIL SHIPPAM CENTRE, TOZER WAY, PO19 7LG.

We all love a good spy film. This talk by Craig Gershater, Cambridge lecturer, writer, and scientist, explores the origins of spying in Cambridge University. From Elizabethan times to the Cambridge 5, they seemed to choose to work for both sides. We investigate. Donations to Cancer Research UK. Admission free. Disabled access.


Thursday, June 20, 6.15-7.45pm.

STORIES FROM THE DOWNLANDS: CHALK TRACKS BY GINA CHALLEN, THE STUDIO, NEW PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

Join local writer Gina Challen as she reads from her debut collection of short stories, Chalk Tracks. Rooted in the landscape of the South Downs, these brooding stories of haunted lives and fragile hopes explore the places where the familiar threatens. The readings to be followed by audience questions. Tickets £5; seniors £4; students £4. Disabled access.


Thursday, June 20, 7.30pm.

LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES: THE SONGS, BLAKEFEST, ST JOHN’S CHAPEL, ST JOHN’S STREET, PO19 1UR.

The internationally-acclaimed author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernières returns to the Festival after sell-out shows last summer. This year he entertains with his highly original, moving and inspiring songs in a programme of words and music. With support from jazz/poetry duo Jamie Leeming (guitar) and Barry Smith (words). Tickets £12; students £10. Disabled access.


Saturday, June 22, 5pm.

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE WILLOW COTTAGE TRILOGY, CLARE CASSY, THE WOOLPACK PUB, 77 FISHBOURNE ROAD WEST, CHICHESTER, PO19 3JJ.

An insight into the joys or otherwise of running a B&B. Willow Cottage, a listed, 17th-century property in Fishbourne was run as a B&B for many years by my mum, Sheila. Stories about guests and ghosts provided the perfect backdrop for the three novels in The Willow Cottage Series. Tickets £3; seniors £1.50; students £1.50; children £0.50. Disabled access.


Monday, June 24, 10-12Am.

HIGH SPIRITS: SHORT STORY WORKSHOP,
KAREN STEVENS, SENIOR LECTURER, CREATIVE WRITING, UNIVERSITY OF CHICHESTER, BISHOP OTTER CAMPUS, COLLEGE LANE, CHICHESTER, PO19 6PE

Throughout history, writers (alcoholic and sober) have employed the liberating, menacing force of booze in their fiction because it functions to enhance emotion and accelerate plot. In this workshop, we will explore the short story form and will engage in creative exercises that focus on character and alcohol. So cheers!
Free Admission. Disabled access.


Monday, June 24, 7pm.

A C GRAYLING: THE ROOTS AND FRUITS OF HUMANISM, CHICHESTER HUMANISTS, WATERSTONES, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QD.

Humanism has surged in popularity in recent years. The membership of the Humanists UK charity has increased tenfold in 12 years. But what’s it all about? Professor A C Grayling will explore the ethics, ideas and values of humanists, drawing on his experience as a philosopher, author and campaigner. Tickets £6. Disabled access.


Monday, June 24, 7pm.

A GLIMPSE OF LIFE, CHINDI AUTHORS, STUDIO, NEW PARK CENTRE, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

Telling a story is an ancient art but what is a short story? Because it is short, is it easy to write? How long is short? Whether writing for pleasure or profit, our panel of short-story writers is here to help you. Refreshments available. Tickets £8. Disabled access.


Tuesday, June 25, 7.30pm.

POETRY & JAZZ CAFÉ WITH SEAN O’BRIEN, EDES HOUSE, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RW.

Acclaimed poet Sean O’Brien and jazz stars the Dream Duo, with Julian Stringle and Dominic Ashworth on clarinet and guitar, entertain and inspire. Sean will read from his T S Eliot-award nominated new collection, Europa. 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.


Wednesday June 26, 11am; Wednesday, July 10, 11am

A WOMAN’S PLACE IS… IN THE CATHEDRAL! CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, THE WEST DOOR, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, PO19 1PX.

The 2018 centenary of some women receiving the vote for the first time has reminded us of their long struggle for recognition. In the cathedral, women are sometimes commemorated as ‘relicts’ of their pre-deceased husbands! Explore works designed and/or executed by women including tapestry, stained glass, sculpture and embroidery. Tickets £7. Disabled access.


Wednesday, June 26, 3.30-4.30pm.

MYSTERIES AND CODES WITH AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR HELEN DENNIS, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Award-winning writer Helen Dennis, author of the River of Ink series and Secret Breakers (recently optioned for TV) will read from her books and discuss the background to her stories. She will also chat about writing, so come along ready to ask questions and find out more. For ages eight and up. Free admission. Book on Eventbrite. Disabled access.


Wednesday, June 26, 6pm.

JILL ROSE: NURSING CHURCHILL, WATERSTONES BOOKSHOP, THE DOLPHIN AND ANCHOR, CHICHESTER, PO10 9HD.

Discussion with Nursing Churchill (Wartime Life from the Private Letters of Winston Churchill’s Nurse) author Jill Rose (née Miles), whose family has a long-time Chichester connection. “Fine and fun new book on Churchill from the letters of his nurse Doris Miles… I heartily recommend it” (Churchill biographer, Andrew Roberts). Tickets £4 (£3 redeemable against purchase of the book). Disabled access.


Thursday, June 27, 2pm.

‘ROOTLESS COSMOPOLITAN’ MEETS THE GREAT TUNESMITHS, THE STORYTELLER, ST MARTIN’S TEA ROOMS, 3 ST MARTINS STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NP.

Following last week’s event featuring Dvorak’s time in America, The Storyteller charts his personal journey as a music lover concentrating on music from the great man and other, more unexpected influences. Come early as space is limited and be prepared to buy something from the café. Admission free. No disabled access.


Thursday, June 27, 6-7pm.

THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO, TALKS AT SIX, BASSIL SHIPPAM CENTRE, TOZER WAY, CHICHESTER, PO19 7LG.

Paul Chamberlain explains how The Battle of Waterloo is probably the most famous action in British history, but was it a British victory? The Prussians together with Germans, Dutch and Belgian soldiers also fought on those muddy slopes, to make up Wellington’s Army. Donations to Waterloo Uncovered. Free admission. Disabled access.


Thursday, June 27, 7.30pm.

IN CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD LUMSDEN – THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Actor, writer and composer Richard Lumsden discusses his bittersweet debut novel (and BBC Radio 4 play) starring Billy Binns, the oldest man in Europe who has a final wish: to remember what love feels like one last time. Billy reflects on the relationships that have shaped his flawed life – and the events that shaped the century. Tickets £5. Disabled access.


Saturday, June 29, 10-11am.

TALES FROM THE ORCHARD, WHYKE COMMUNITY ORCHARD (TRANSITION CHICHESTER), SHONE COURT OFF EXTON ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 8FT.

Join us for storytelling. Hear the ancient stories of the Golden Apple, key to the heart and immortality. Find the ancient apple tree, overcome the obstacles and challenges. Complete the heroic adventure and find the Golden Apples, ancient fruits of wisdom. With Steve Taylor, herbalist, storyteller. All ages welcome. Tickets £5; children £1. Disabled access.


Saturday, June 29, 2-3pm.

CHARACTER CREATION WITH ILLUSTRATOR LORETTA SCHAUER, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Create your own character and tell their story with illustrator Loretta Schauer. Discover drawing expressions and costumes and find out what makes a character unique. Loretta is the illustrator of numerous children’s books including A Very Corgi Christmas, A Monster’s Moved In and the hilarious Dougal Daley series. For children ages seven to 11. Free admission. Book on Eventbrite. Disabled access.


Saturday, June 29, 3.30-4.15pm.

DISMANTLE FOR FLOW, PHILOMENA HARMSWORTH, THE STUDIO, NEW PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

A glimpse of life paused on the way round the generational cycle. A visual journey with poetry, art, video and a book. Rediscovering writing was timely although I still approach the subject from an artist’s stance: I am revelling in the place where the two cross over and everywhere in between. Tickets £5; seniors £3; students £3; not suitable for children under 16. Disabled access.


Saturday, June 29, 4pm.

HOW ROMAN WAS ROMAN SUSSEX?, SUTTON VILLAGE HALL, THE STREET, SUTTON, RH20 1PS.

David Rudling, director of excavations at Bignor Roman Villa in 1985 and 1990-2000, compares the remains of one of Britain’s best-preserved rural estates with other Roman and not-so-Roman settlements throughout the county. Ticket includes talk, tea or coffee and admission voucher to Bignor Roman Villa archaeological site and museum. Tickets £10; children £5 (under 16). Disabled access.


Monday, July 1, 7pm.

PUTTING THE STORY INTO HISTORY, CHINDI AUTHORS, STUDIO, NEW PARK CENTRE, NEW PARK ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.

Must historical fact and fiction forever be rivals? Join our historical authors discussing how to avoid the pitfalls and unearth the treasures of book research. We’ll share some of the invaluable resources we’ve found to set you on your way. Refreshments available. Tickets £8. Disabled access.


Monday, July 1, 7.30pm.

INSPIRATIONAL CITIES, THREE CITIES (CHARTRES, RAVENNA, VALLETTA), ASSEMBLY ROOM, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.

Best-selling author Kate Mosse in conversation with Philip Robinson, former vice-chancellor of University of Chichester. Kate will discuss the various cities which have influenced and inspired her internationally-acclaimed novels, plays and non-fiction. The talk will be followed by refreshments reflecting the three cities of Chartres, Ravenna and Valletta. Tickets £10 including refreshments. Disabled access.


Tuesday, July 2, 7.30pm.

MRS PANKHURST’S PURPLE FEATHER, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

A decade before Mrs Pankhurst’s suffragette movement, a different women’s campaign captured public imagination. Its aim was to stamp out the fashion for feathers in hats. This was the birth of the RSPB. Tessa Boase charts the rise of “murderous millinery” and champions the women who fought back on the birds’ behalf. Tickets £5. Disabled access.


Tuesday, July 2, 7 for 7.30pm.

PERSPECTIVES ON CHICHESTER, CHICHESTER WRITERS’ CIRCLE, FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, PRIORY ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NX.

Chichester Writers will be reading some of their best work written specially for the Festival. Come along and share with us a selection of poetry and prose reflecting our love and enthusiasm for Chichester and the local environment. Light refreshments included. Tickets £5; students £2.50. Disabled access.


Wednesday, July 3, 6pm.

SAM MEEKINGS: THE AFTERLIVES OF DR GACHET, WATERSTONES BOOKSHOP, THE DOLPHIN AND ANCHOR, CHICHESTER, PO10 9HD.

Waterstones Chichester is delighted to host Sam Meekings talking about his latest novel, The Afterlives of Dr Gachet. Join acclaimed local novelist Sam presenting his new book – a story following Dr Gachet from the asylums of Paris in the 1850s to 20th-century Japan, unravelling the mystery of one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. Tickets £4 (£3 redeemable against purchase of the book). Disabled access.


Wednesday, July 3, 7pm.

MODERN SLAVERY AT SEA, UN ASSOCIATION – UK, CHICHESTER BRANCH, THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, COUNTY HALL, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RQ.

Modern slavery and trafficking, now well recognised in the UK, are also a huge problem at sea. Simon O’Toole, chairman of trustees of the Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) and a barrister with experience of human rights law, discusses what we can do to raise awareness of seafarers’ issues. Tickets £7; students and children free. Limited disabled access.


Thursday, July 4, 6-7pm.

HAWKHURST GANG AND OTHER STORIES, TALKS AT SIX, BASSIL SHIPPAM CENTRE, TOZER WAY, CHICHESTER, PO19 7LG.

Writer Greg Mosse and theatre director Roger Redfarn discuss their works and collaborations including the staging of theatre productions. They will tell the story of the Hawkhurst Gang, which was recently performed in Chichester. Admission free. Donations to Smile Train. Disabled access.


Thursday, July 4, 6.30pm.

OUTRUNNING THE DEMONS, OXMARKET GALLERY, ST ANDREW’S COURT, OFF EAST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1YH.

Festival chairman Phil Hewitt will be in conversation with Chichester-based novelist Kate Mosse about his new book Outrunning The Demons, tales of extraordinary people who have overcome trauma and adversity through the peace and perspective that running can bring. Marathon addict Phil was stabbed and left for dead in South Africa in 2016. Tickets £10. Fundraiser for the Oxmarket. Disabled access.


Saturday, July 6, 5.30pm.

OASIS OF PEACE – THE VILLAGE OF HOPE, CHICHESTER QUAKERS, QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, PRIORY ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NX.

Jack Omer-Jackaman speaks about a unique community of Jewish and Palestinian-Arab Israeli citizens, located midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Tickets £5; students free; children free. Disabled access.


Sunday, July 7, 3pm.

MEDICINE STORIES, SPIRIT SONGS, AMANDA WARING PRODUCTIONS, HAMBLIN CENTRE, MAIN ROAD BOSHAM, PO18 8PJ.

Don’t miss award-winning Amanda Waring’s profound gift for storytelling, ceremony, journeying and song. You will feel welcomed, held, beguiled, inspired by this unique spiritual storyteller taking you on a journey that will be healing, magical, musical and uplifting. A transformative event to envelop you with warmth and love. Tickets £12.50; seniors £10; students £10. Disabled access.


Tuesday, July 9, 6.30pm.

POETRY AND MUSIC WITH DAME PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE, SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL, CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, PO19 1PX.

Dame Patricia Routledge reads Keats’ immortal Odes to mark the bicentenary of their composition in this celebration of poetry and music, held in the atmospheric setting of the cathedral. With stimulating new poetry read by South Downs poets and live music performed by Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar. Tickets £9.50; students £7.50. Disabled access.


Tuesday, July 9, 7.30pm.

EXPLORING THE DISUSED RAILWAYS OF SUSSEX, DAVID BATHURST, BOXGROVE PRIORY, PO18 0ED.

A talk about the disused railways of Sussex. David Bathurst will provide a sparkling overview of these fascinating reminders of our history and local heritage for the would-be walker, armchair traveller and historian, drawing on his own experience of exploring each one of them. Admission free. Retiring collection for Priory funds. Disabled access.


Thursday, July 11, 2pm.

TALES FROM CARPETS, PIANOS & KEYS, THE STORYTELLER, ST MARTIN’S TEA ROOMS, 3 ST MARTIN’S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO191NP.

For his final Festival appearance, The Storyteller, aka Len Gould, reads four stories from his collection Carpets, Pianos & Keys, accompanied by musical extracts. Free admission. Voluntary retiring collection. Come early as space is limited and remember to purchase drinks and food from the café. No disabled access.


Thursday, July 11, 6-7pm.

MANDELA – LIFE IN PRISON, TALKS AT SIX, FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, PARK 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. Free admission. Donations to Faith&Football. Disabled access.


Saturday July 13, 11am-12pm.

BOOKS OUT OF THIS WORLD, CHICHESTER LIBRARY, TOWER STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1QJ.

Join Simon Philip as he introduces Fred Wizard in Training. Being a wizard sounds pretty great, right? Except that Fred is absolutely, completely, mind-bogglingly terrible at magic. Find out if Fred can prove to his family he’s not the worst wizard in town! For ages six to nine. Free admission. Book on Eventbrite. Disabled access.


Saturday, July 13, 3pm.

GOING FOR A SONG: A CHRONICLE OF THE UK RECORD SHOP, AMICI CONCERTS, ST PANCRAS CHURCH, EASTGATE SQUARE, CHICHESTER, PO19 7LJ.

In an entertaining talk illustrated with music from old records, author Garth Cartwright discusses how the humble record shop grew from selling wax cylinders into the huge HMV chain, sparked Richard Branson’s Virgin empire and, after the collapse of record shops, has a happy ending with the vinyl revival. Tickets £10; under 25 years £5. Disabled access.

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