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.

Here with a loaf of bread beneath the bough, A flask of wine, a book of verse...
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, trans Edward Fitzgerald, 1859
Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather, and a little music out of doors
John Keats, letter to Fanny Keats, Aug, 1819
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested...
Francis Bacon, 1561-1626
Books are not absolutely dead
John Milton, Areopagitica, 1644

Next meeting: Talk – Wednesday October 4th at Boxgrove Village Hall, PO18 OEE.  

John Clegg:  My Life as an Actor  1.30pm for 2pm start.  

 New members welcome!  Visitors £5  Students £2

In a career of well over fifty years John has appeared in plays, feature films, comedies, dramas, thrillers, one-man shows, musicals, revues, farces, television plays, television series, television comedy shows, and pantomimes. Please go to our speakers page for more information on John’s career. We look forward to some entertaining stories from one of our members!

Congratulations to our Patron!

Our patron, Simon Brett is featured in the Chichester Observer Guide of September 7th “Simon reaches his century of books!” His latest book “Seriously Funny … and other Oxymorons is released on September 13th.

John Keats statue unveiled at Eastgate, Chichester by Patricia Routledge, DBE with sculptor Vincent Gray on 26th August, 2017.

John Keats sculpture unveiled at Eastgate, Chichester by Patricia Rutledge DBE with sculptor Vincent Gray on 26th August, 2017.

Chichester Literary Society contributed towards the cost and several of our members attended the ceremony on a lovely, sunny afternoon.


We welcome old and new members and visitors to our new venue!

Membership Secretary: Marjorie James  mjames131@btinternet.com