Literary Events

Bernstein in Chichester Exhibition


West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street, Chichester

Monday-Monday August 13-24, Tuesday-Friday 9.15am-4.45pm and Saturdays 9.15am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm


As part of the Bernstein In Chichester Festival marking the centenary of the birth of the West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein, this is an exhibition of a series of compelling documents from the archives at West Sussex Record Office recording his time in Chichester and the first performance of his composition the Chichester Psalms at Chichester Cathedral in 1965. The exhibition includes the cathedral archives and the papers of Dean Walter Hussey, who commissioned the original work. It will transfer to Chichester Cathedral North Transept in October. Pictures: West Sussex Record Office/Dean Hussey Archive.

Read our feature on the Bernstein In Chichester Festival.

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Robin Ince: I’m A Joke And So Are You

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Tuesday October 23, 7pm

Tickets £8

Stand-up comedian Robin Ince has spent decades mining our eccentricities to create gags – and watching other strange individuals do the same. Why do we make the choices we do in life? Where does anxiety come from? Where does imagination come from? Why are we like we are? Informed by personal insights from his own life as well as interviews with a bevy of A-list comedians, neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors, this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind. Picture: Timothy Ginn.

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Stephen James Smith

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Wednesday October 24, 8pm

Tickets £12

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. Last year, he was commissioned by St Patrick’s Festival to write a new poem as a celebratory narrative of Ireland. The resultant piece, My Ireland, is accompanied by a short film by director Myles O’Reilly, arranged and mixed by Conor O’Brien, with music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Loah, Saint Sister, Eithne Ní Chatháin (aka Inni-K) and Ye Vagabonds. This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest 2018.

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Unexplained Live: An Evening with Richard Maclean Smith

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Monday October 29, 7.30pm

Tickets £3/£16.99 including a copy of Unexplained

Spend an evening discussing the supernatural with author Richard Maclean Smith, whose book Unexplained is based on the ‘world’s spookiest podcast’ of the same name. Unexplained is a book of 10 real-life mysteries which might be best left unexplained. . . Taking ideas once thought of as supernatural or paranormal and questioning whether radical ideas in science might provide a new but equally extraordinary explanation, Unexplained is The Examined Life meets The X Files.

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Nick Hewer: My Alphabet – A Life From A to Z

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Tuesday October 30, 7pm

Tickets £8

Nick Hewer was one of Lord Sugar’s closest advisers and came to fame on TV’s The Apprentice. He quickly developed a reputation for his wry sense of humour while his astute insights into the foibles and failings of the apprentices won him a cult following. Now, in his first book, he takes us through his life from A for Apprentice (of course) to Z for Zed list. Along the way, he discusses determination and how to get it, offers insights from growing old, reveals his greatest regrets, talks about Tottenham and much else besides.

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Meet James Bowen and Bob The Street Cat!

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Tuesday November 6, 1pm

James Bowen found Bob the cat when they were both living on the streets and his companionship has helped him pull his life around. That was 10 years ago and in that time they have become bestselling authors, adored around the world and have had a film made about their life. The Little Book Of Bob is everything James has learnt from his beloved cat over the years: lessons on friendship, boundaries, happiness and responsibility.

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BritishBookBash Does Brighton 2018

Hilton Brighton Metropole, King’s Road, Brighton

Saturday November 10, 10am-11.30pm

Tickets £15-£53.69

This is a day of “love and laughter” with signings by dozens of authors from 10am-4pm and a Black Tie Charity Gala in the evening. The lineup of authors, which is subject to change, includes A E Murphy, A Meredith Walters, Abigail Davies, Anna Bloom, Anna Edwards, Blake Hudson, Brittany Crowley, C A Ellis, Carrie Elks, C L Sayers, Danielle Dickson, E S Carter, Gemma Weir, Georgina Hannan, H A Robinson, Harper Phoenix, Heather Shere, Isabella Starling, Jane Harvey-Berrick, Janey Rosen, Jenny Bullington, K L Shandwick, K A Hobbs, Karen Raines, Kathleen Eyke & Kami Larke, Katie M John, Ker Dukey, Kerry Heavens, Kirsty Moseley, Kirsty-Anne Still, Kyra Lennon, L A Cotton / Grace White, L Chapman, Laura Barnard, Laura Farr, Lindsey Jayne / Layla Fox, Lisa Helen Gray, L P Lovell, M S Murray, Maria Macdonald, Melanie Moreland, Michelle McLoughney, Misha Elliott / Elizabeth Christy, Muriel Garcia, Natasha Preston, Nikki Ashton, Nina Norstrom, R G Corr, Rachel De Lune, S E Cooper, Samantha Young, Sarah Rosmond, Sarina Langer, Sloane Murphy, Stacy McWilliams, Stephanie Hudson, Stephie Walls, Susie Tate, Tara Brown, T L Wainwright, Tracie Podger, Victoria Johns, Victoria Kinnaird, Victoria L James and Yolanda Olson.


Barbara Kingsolver

St Michael and All Angels Church, Victoria Road, Brighton

Tuesday November 13, 7pm

Tickets £8

The new novel by international bestselling writer and Orange Prize winner Barbara Kingsolver is Unsheltered, a testament to both the resilience and persistent myopia of the human condition. It explores the foundations we build in life, spanning time and place, to give us all a clearer look at those around us and perhaps ourselves. Examining the theme of inheritance – whether social, economic or ecological – it blends warmth and wisdom, fearlessness and political acuity. She says, “We’re living through a scary historical moment when the most basic agreements about who we are as citizens, and how we’ll succeed in the world, are suddenly unravelling. It isn’t the first time. People are such interesting animals. Unsheltered speaks to these moments, and uses the lens of unravellings past to ask where we might be headed.” This event is organised by City Books. Picture: David Wood.

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Fantastic Beasts 2 Midnight Launch!!!

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Thursday November 15, 11.30pm

Tickets £8.49 including exclusive pre-order copy of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Waterstones holds a Midnight Launch Party for Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes Of Grindelwald by J K Rowling, which is released on November 16. There will be all sorts of Fantastic Beasts-themed fun, frolics and refreshments and on the stroke of midnight, you will be handed your copy Fantastic Beasts 2 before anyone else.

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Celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Waterstones, 74-76 South Road, Haywards Heath

Friday-Sunday November 16-18, 9am-4pm

Calling all witches, wizards and magizoologists to celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald by J K Rowling in the book store. Six beasts have got lost about the store and you’ll have all weekend to help find these sneaky creatures. Ask at the counter to enter and all those who find all six creatures will be entered into a magical prize draw.

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