Chichester Literary Society

Our Next Meeting


Wednesday, March 1st, 2pm

Diaries and Letters

Kevin Maynard


Kevin will give a presentation of diary and letter readings from some of our well known diarists and letter writers such as Pepys, Boswell, Waugh and Walpole.

At our February meeting James Vaux gave a very interesting and engaging illustrated talk on Icelandic literature, highlighting three stories set in different time periods. The three stories were:

Hrafnkel’s Saga (medieval), Iceland’s Bell (17/18th century tale,1943) and Black Skies ( contemporary crime fiction, 2009).



Committee News

Robbie Grieve has decided to step down from the committee after many loyal years of service. She edited the now defunct newsletter for several years and has been a dedicated committee member. Simon Brett presented her with a bouquet of flowers at the November meeting in recognition of her long service and wished her well in her new life with family in Norfolk. She hopes to move in the Spring.

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, March 1st at 2pm

Diaries and Letters

Dashed off Day by Day

Presented by Kevin Maynard

Kevin has researched and collected together a fascinating selection of passages from the diaries and letters of Pepys, Boswell, Waugh and Walpole. This should be an amusing and entertaining afternoon with readings from some of our notable diarists and letter writers.

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

University of Chichester Literary Evening,
Writing, War, Connection
Feb 21st , 6.30pm
Fergal Keane, poet Sasha Dugdale & Ukranian author Volodymer Rafeienko.
The University is hosting a free event in February with the BBCs Fergal Keane, the poet Sasha Dugdale, and Ukranian author Volodymyr Rafeienko on campus. The university would love to have  a substantial audience for what promises to be a fascinating evening.

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








Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.
Jean Rhys
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Mary Wortley Montague.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.The man who never reads lives only one.
George R.R. Martin
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

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