Arundel Literary Festival – Thursday 7th March

Daytime sessions in the Red Room 7th March

A whole day of readings, talks, presentations, discussions and opportunities to get involved with creative writing at all levels.

Tickets options are
– £20 for an all day ticket (all 8 sessions throughout the day)
– £12 for a half day ticket (either the 4 sessions 10-2 or the 4 sessions 2-6)
– £5 per session on the day, not bookable in advance

All tickets subject to availability. We will try not to allow changes to the programme to occur, but things happen, and your understanding in that circumstance is appreciated 🙂

In the Red Room

10:00 – 11:00

‘On Your Bookmarks’ – Kicking off the Festival with a light-hearted literary quiz devised by and starring the inimitable Simon Brett. Come and see who is most knowledgeable out of the panellists Oliver Hawkins, Amanda Waring, Chris Warren-Adamson and Irene Campbell.


11:00 – 12:00

The George Writers meet at the pub in Burpham every month, when Simon Brett sets them writing challenges. In this session, some of the members read their responses.


12:00 – 1:00

Amanda Waring, West End actress, author, filmmaker and campaigner for compassionate and dignified caring, introduces her short film ‘What do you see?’ She explains how she came to write her book ‘Being a good carer‘, (Souvenir Press, 2020) and how uncovering the stories of people’s past lives helps understand how to care for sufferers from dementia and other frailties.


1:00 – 2:00

Song lyrics and poems set to music have a lot in common: words, rhythm and rhyme Lou Beckerman Songwriter, vocalist and poet, and Joss Peach, pianist and composer, explore differences and similarities using examples from their own work and a jazz jewel or two.


2:00 – 3:00

Barnaby Phillips, ex-BBC journalist with a 25 year experience of several African countries, gives an illustrated talk on his book ‘The Benin Bronzes- African Treasures and Colonial Loot’ (published 2022) covering the history of the bronzes looted by British forces in 1897 and the current restitution debate.


3:00 – 4:00

Award-winning and much published poet, science fiction novelist, essayist, dramatist, activist and editor Naomi Foyle is Reader in Critical Imaginative Writing at the University of Chichester. She discusses her long career as a poet of conscience, reflecting on the value and challenges of writing poetry on topics often beyond her own immediate experience and explores themes including Israel-Palestine, eco-poetry, Brexit and Austerity Britain.


4:00 – 5:00

TV producer and journalist turned political thriller writer Geoffrey Seed talks to Tony Hunt about his 3rd and 4th novels The Boy From Zion Street (2016) and ‘Death in a Time of Conspiracy (2023). His rich experience of, among other things, human rights abuses in the Soviet Union, torture in southern Africa, and terrorism in Northern Ireland, bring depth and authenticity to his books. A fifth book is on the way, set partly in Sussex.


5:00 – 6:30

A special festival screening of the film The Nettle Dress, telling how craftsman Allan Brown created material woven from nettle fibres as he recovered from his wife’s death. The film is introduced by Gillian Edom, local naturalist with specialist knowledge of how fibres from plants such as nettles have been used over time to make cloth, in a talk based on her book ‘From Sting to Spin’.

See also…
Friday daytime sessions 10am – 6pm in the Red Room – click here for full details
Saturday daytime sessions 10am – 6pm in the Red Room – click here for full details

Evening concerts 7:30pm – 10pm
Thursday evening concert 7:30pm in the Red Room – click here for full details
Friday evening concert 7:30pm in the Red Room – click here for full details
Saturday evening concert 7:30pm in the Red Room – click here for full details

In The Studio

Flash fiction writing with Tracy Fells

10:00am – 1:00pm : £20

Helping writers at all levels experiment and explore how you can surprise yourself, and your readers when you write flash fiction. Using prompts, exercises and readings, we’ll work on creating stories where a short word count can pack an emotional punch.

For beginners to experienced writers.

Maximum of 10 participants, please book in advance.

Writing for radio with Simon Brett

2:00pm – 5:00pm : £20

Some thoughts on the potential of only using words and sounds, with the listeners providing the pictures in their minds, and ideas for how to put these into practice in writing radio scripts.

For beginners to experienced writers.

Maximum of 10 participants, please book in advance.

In The Green Room

Orientation desk explaining what’s available and when.

Ticket office taking cash and card payments.

Book stall selling signed copies of each contributor’s books. Cash and cards accepted.

Breakout area serving tea and coffee. Bring your own buns!

Volunteers

Arundel Literary Festival is kindly supported by Arundel Town Council.

If you’d like to be involved in any way with the day as a volunteer please email events@thevictoriainstitute.com.

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