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.

Books are not absolutely dead
John Milton, Areopagitica, 1644
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
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested...
Francis Bacon, 1561-1626
Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather, and a little music out of doors
John Keats, letter to Fanny Keats, Aug, 1819

Next meeting: AGM and Talk – Wednesday November 1st at Boxgrove Village Hall, PO18 OEE.  

Talk : Nigel Gossop: A Dog, a Butler and a Caravan. 1.30pm for 2pm start.

The illustrated talk with the intriguing title ‘A Dog, A Butler and A Caravan’ will be by our member, Nigel Gossop, who has enjoyed doing all the detailed research this summer. Nigel will look at Gordon Stables’ extraordinarily adventurous career as a Surgeon RN, which informed his writing of more than 100 adventure books and regular contributions to both Boys’ and Girls’ Own Papers where he sometimes gave harsh medical advice to his young readers. He was also an early travel writer, journeying through a long-forgotten England of quiet country lanes and tiny hamlets in the 1880s and 90s. He was a self-proclaimed ‘gentleman gypsy’ in his especially commissioned conveyance, a caravan, known as ‘The Wanderer’. He was accompanied by his Newfoundland dog, ‘Hurricane Bob’, and his butler/valet who rode  out on the Ranelagh Club tricycle 100 yards ahead to spy out the land and ensure a safe route.

 New members welcome!  Visitors £5  Students £2


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