Chichester Literary Society

Welcome to the Chichester Literary Society. Explore our website to find out news and other important information about meetings and special events organised by the Society. Also, discover more about our authors and speakers and have a browse through our photo gallery to see what we do.

Our Next Meeting


 Good News!

July Startup Planned

The committee met recently via Zoom and decided to resume monthly meetings at Boxgrove from July 7th. Hopefully all restrictions will have been lifted on June 21st.  Most of our members will have had both vaccinations by this date, so should feel reasonably comfortable about joining the meeting.

Simon Brett, our Patron, has kindly agreed to welcome us all back by giving the opening talk. We will have doors and windows open and will follow the government guidelines for social gatherings.

We really hope most of our members will attend. Please put the date in your diaries!



Boxgrove Village Hall,



Doors open 1.30pm for 2pm meetings.

New members welcome. Visitors £7 on the door.

Students £2


Wed, July 7, 2pm  

Simon Brett: Who is a Diary Written For?

Simon Brett, our Patron and well known local author will entertain us in his usual amusing way with a talk on Diary Writing. Simon edited The Faber Book of Diaries (1990) which introduced selections from the best of four centuries of British diaries.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to Boxgrove Village Hall.

You can read more about Simon on our About/Patron page.

We will have a handout about the speakers for the August-December 2021 meetings. You may also view the revised Events calendar page of this website

Other Literary Events

Open Mic Poetry Chichester

Meetings suspended due to Coronavirus pandemic but Open Mic poems may be submitted for the website. For more information please go to the website below.


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








The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
St. Augustine
Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.
Mason Cooley
Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
Fernando Pessoa
We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.
Ursula K. LeGuin

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

Elizabeth Merry - March 2020
Elizabeth Merry at March 2020 Talk on Lord Byron
Anne Rowe with Louise James at Nov 6, 2019 meeting on Romantic Poets.
Alastair Alexander at our Feb '20 meeting.