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.

"In my dream world books are free and reading makes you thin."
Not known.
"I have always imagined Paradise will be a kind of library."
Jorges Luis Borges
"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
Stephen King - On Writing
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

Next meeting:

May 2nd  2pm  David Jones – Poet, Artist and Soldier : Tom Durham at Boxgrove Village Hall, PO18 OEE.

As an 11year-old boy the actor, Tom Durham, stayed with his family in Northwick Lodge, a rather eccentric boarding-house on Harrow Hill. One of the residents was an artist who had just had an important exhibition at The Tate Gallery. He was David Jones and it was not until about 20 years later that Tom, who had developed his passion for performing some of our most challenging poems, realised that Mr Jones, the artist, had also written that most ambitious war poem In Parenthesis and other Modernist masterpieces.


2018 Programme  Our exciting programme for 2018 is on our Events page. Save the dates in your diary!


The London Walk will be on Saturday, May 12th along the river at Chiswick and to Chiswick house after lunch.

Numbers are limited to 15, so names please, ASAP to committee member, Roberta Grieve,  if you wish to join the walk. First  come , first served. We will be visiting the homes of A.P. Herbert, William Morris and the premises of Dove Press. There will be a stop for lunch and the walk will be directed by our London expert, Charles Kay. Cost is £15 (plus cost of one day travel card)  and cost of entry to Chiswick House (free to Art Pass holders).



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 is  “Seriously Funny … and other Oxymorons.

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 Boxgrove Village Hall.

Membership Secretary: Marjorie James  mjames131@btinternet.com