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


Boxgrove Monthly Meetings Have Resumed!

After a successful and well attended meeting at Boxgrove Village Hall in September, when Jean Rogers and Paddy O’Keefe entertained us with a two hander play based on the letters exchanged between G. B. Shaw and the actress Ellen Terry,  we now look forward to our next meeting on October 6th.


Membership Secretary

We are looking for a new membership secretary for 2022. Marjorie James has done a great job over the last six years and is retiring in December. If you feel able to help please contact her on 01243 536273 for more information.

Please put Oct 6th  in your diaries!



Boxgrove Village Hall,



Doors open 1.30pm for 2pm meeting.

New members welcome. Visitors/Guests £7 on the door.

Students £2


Wed, October 6th,  2pm  

The Golden Age of Illustrated Books

 John Smith

John is the manager of the Chichester Oxfam bookshop which he was instrumental in setting up. His specialist interest is book illustration from 1880-1920, and this has led him into a deep affection for the work of Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, Aubrey Beardsley and Jennie Harbour.

You can read more about John Smith and the presentation on our Speakers page.




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

Other Literary Events

Open Mic Poetry Chichester

Blakefest at Petworth House, September 11th, 2021,  6.30pm (Doors open 6pm, prosecco reception 6.15pm) . Live event.

Church St, PETWORTH, GU28 0AE

For more information please go to the website below.


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








Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
Fernando Pessoa
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
St. Augustine
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
Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.
Mason Cooley

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

Bill Alder with Brian French Aug 2021 Meeting on Simenon
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.