Carol Klein – Life in a Cottage Garden

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Wednesday September 19, 7.30pm

Tickets £24

Acclaimed plantswoman, bestselling author and gardening expert Carol Klein is most famous for her role as regular presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World. Her natural down-to-earth approach has made her a popular and trusted figure, and she comes to Horsham to talk about life in her own beautiful cottage garden.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit

Jason Donovan & His Amazing Midlife Crisis Autumn Tour

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Wednesday September 26, 7.30pm

Tickets  £26.50

Actor and singer Jason Donovan is celebrating his 50th birthday and in this autobiographical show he will zigzag back and forth through his life, with stories about Neighbours, Ten Good Reasons, Kylie, Joseph, I’m A Celebrity, Strictly and more.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit

Land of the Free: Lionel Shriver, Tom Rachman and Sarah Churchwell

Charleston, Firle

Sunday September 30, 3.30pm

Tickets £10-£12

The novelists Lionel Shriver, the author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, and Tom Rachman, who wrote The Imperfectionists and Basket of Deplorables, are in conversation with author and academic Sarah Churchwell. They will explore satirical and caustic fictions that provide witty insights into the contradictions of contemporary America. Fiction can often provide insights beyond those found in mere reportage, and these writers’ caustic, witty takes on contemporary America shine an occasionally uncomfortable light on the hypocrisies of liberalism. The event is part of the Small Wonder Short Story Festival.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit

Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women

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

Monday October 1, 7.30pm

Tickets £16

Dame Jenni Murray, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, is the author of A History of the World in 21 Women, which celebrates great women from around the world, rescuing some from obscurity and shining a new light on familiar names. She has met and interviewed many of the women featured. Encompassing artists, politicians, activists, reporters and heads of state from the past and present, it celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of women who have had a profound impact on the shaping of our world. She will also talk about the programme’s 64-year history and her most engaging and most terrifying interviewees. This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest 2018.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit

Creation and Transformation in Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights

Private venue to be revealed on tickets

Tuesday October 2, 7pm

Tickets £8 including glass of wine and amuse bouche

This year marks 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the birth of Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights. In this literary salon, Morag Charlwood will talk about the genesis, publication and reception of these transformative and revolutionary works by ground-breaking 19th century women writers. There will be readings followed by a discussion. This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest 2018.


Only Fools and Boycie – An Evening with John Challis

John Challis

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Tuesday October 2, 7.30pm

Tickets £20/Friends £1.50 off

Comedy actor John Challis, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses, reveals secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his career. He’ll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. He will meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography Being Boycie and novel Reggie: A Stag At Bay.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit

A Taste of Autumn with Juliet Sargeant and Sam Matthews

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Thursday October 4, 10.30am-12noon

£29.50/RHS members £23.60, includes talk, drink and garden tasters

Chelsea Gold Medal-winning garden designer Juliet Sargeant (pictured), a TV presenter and judge of Channel 4’s Village of the Year, delivers an easy way to learn more about your garden. She has teamed up with Sam Matthews, former chef to Pavarotti & The Three Tenors, to create a surprising taster menu and talk. Juliet will introduce you to common garden plants that you can eat , while Sam serves up delicious tasters to whet your appetite.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit

Laurie Lee, the Lost Recordings – David Parker

QEll room, The Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea

Thursday October 4, 7.30pm

Tickets £8

In 1994, the year of his 80th birthday, the writer Laurie Lee shared his memories of an ‘eventful’ early life in a series of interviews with the film maker David Parker. It was quite a coup as Laurie did not ‘do’ television. He talked with sublime eloquence about his life in the Slad Valley, and the influence of the landscapes and memories of his childhood on his subsequent writing. David introduces the recordings and show the 30-minute film he made with Laurie. This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest 2018.


God Speed The Plough and The Woman Who Drives It

Southwick Library, 24 Southwick Street, Southwick

Friday October 5, 2pm

Free but ticketed

Morag Charlwood and Lucinda Cox, in collaboration with West Sussex Libraries, present this talk on The Women’s Land Army in World War 1, Millicent Fawcett & Women’s Suffrage, 1918. The importance of the work of Millicent Fawcett on Rights for Women and the linked role of The Women’s Land Army will be the focus of the presentation. The session will start with a talk by Morag Charlwood on changing attitudes towards the role of women in society, accelerated by wartime needs while the men were away. The session will include poetry and prose readings and testimonies from some members of The Women’s Land Army from the First World War. This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest 2018.

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Flying Scotsman and the Golden Age of Steam

QEll room, The Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea

Friday October 5, 3pm

Tickets £6

Award-winning television programme maker David Parker spent 12 months filming the rebuilding of perhaps the most famous steam locomotive of them all: The Flying Scotsman. In this illustrated talk, David will show clips from programmes he has made about both Flying Scotsman and steam railways in Britain, a celebration of the men and women who saved some of the country’s most picturesque branch lines and the steam engines that run on them. It includes rare film of the steam engines, including The Flying Scotsman. This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest 2018.


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