Chichester Literary Society

Our Next Meeting


Wednesday, April 5th, 2pm

Rudyard Kipling – Travels in Rajasthan

Elizabeth Merry

We look forward to a return visit from Elizabeth Merry who will speak on Kipling’s travels in Rajasthan.


At our March meeting Kevin Maynard gave a lively presentation of diary and letter readings from some of our well known diarists and letter writers such as Pepys, Boswell, Waugh and Walpole.

The full presentation, kindly made available by Kevin, is now on our Journal/Talks page via a full-text link so even if you missed the meeting you can enjoy the illustrated talk.

Robbie Grieve – Goodbye Message from our retiring committee member.

Greetings from Norfolk in the quaintly named village of Dickleburgh. It seems a bit strange as one of the Society’s longest standing members to no longer be involved after so many years of serving on the committee and, especially, editing the newsletter.

I have made so many friends and met so many interesting people over the years and I will miss you all. But the time had come for a change, and the chance to move in with my eldest son and his partner came at the right time for me.

The village is near where my late husband was born and where his family came from and I have other family in the vicinity. I am enjoying discovering life in a beautiful friendly village with lots going on. I haven’t found a group like CLS yet but I plan to join the local arts and history societies.

I wish CLS continued success and hope some of you will keep in touch.


We are now, of course, looking for new volunteer committee members from the membership so please think about volunteering your services, especially if you have technology skills! Please talk to a committee member if you can help out.


Meeting Venue

Boxgrove Village Hall,


Visitors very welcome!

Doors open at 1.30pm for 2pm start.

Members Free, Visitors £8, Students £2 on the door – no need to book.

There is a large car park.






Wednesday, April 5th at 2pm

Rudyard Kipling – Travels in Rajasthan

Elizabeth Merry

As a young reporter working for the Lahore Gazette, Kipling took a journey through Rajasthan in 1888 and documented in magical prose what he saw there.


Photos See photos below of James Vaux at our February meeting plus Iceland’s Bell book cover,  and some of the Aubrey Beardsley books John Smith  brought to the January meeting.



We look forward to seeing you all again at Boxgrove Village Hall.

Other Literary Events

Fishbourne Literary Festival  March 25

Fishbourne Literary Festival will be on Saturday 25th March 2023 and this year’s guest speakers will be Claire Fuller, Phil Hewitt, Tom Holland, Deborah Moggach and William Shaw. There will be book signings, a book sale, lunch, tea and cake and also a tree of treats. The festival is in aide of St Peter and St Mary’s church and also the Snowdrop Trust.
Twitter: @FishbourneLit


Open Mic Poetry Chichester

For more information please go to the website below.


Guest poets launch each session followed by an open mic. Listeners equally welcome. 7.30pm








A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.The man who never reads lives only one.
George R.R. Martin
Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.
Jean Rhys
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
Carl Sagan
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Mary Wortley Montague.

We welcome old and new members and visitors to Boxgrove Village Hall.

James Vaux Feb'23 Meeting
Iceland's Bell - Laxness
Beardsley - Le Morte d'Arthur