The Committee

Patron: Simon Brett
Secretary: Mary Sharp
Membership Secretary: Marjorie James
Treasurer: Brian French
Events Organiser: Louise Gibbon
Newsletter Editor: Roberta (Robbie) Grieve
Publicity: Lois Coulthart


Your committee  L to R  Mary, Lois, Marjorie, Louise, Brian, Robbie

About The Society

Chichester Literary Society, despite its name, is not elitist. If you love books – and learning about writers and their lives – then this Society is for you.

With our programme of talks and walks, outings and social events, we aim to promote love of the written word whichever form it takes, be it prose or verse, the classics or more modern writers, from Austen to Ackroyd, Zola to Zadie Smith; from Anthony Trollope to Joanna Trollope.

In addition to talks by writers and literary experts, there are two annual social events – a summer party with readings and a Christmas social. Also two outings – a Literary London walk led by guide Charles Kay and a coach trip to a place with literary connections.

A newsletter containing reports of past events, members’ news and other items of literary interest is distributed three times a year.

If you wish to contact a member of the committee please use the form on the ‘where to find us page’. Click on the ‘contact us’ button on the left hand side of the page. 


The Chichester Literary Society was formed in January 2005. Its predecessor, the West Sussex Literary Society (founded by Irene Campbell) was disbanded and the new society formed in response to the wishes of members, who wanted a Chichester-based society, rather than one whose meetings were held in different locations around the county.

The new Society was an instant success and local crime writer Simon Brett agreed to continue as our Patron.

Since its formation, the Society has gone from strength to strength. Throughout the year it offers a wide range of talks by speakers on many literary subjects. Distinguished past speakers have included actor and broadcaster Gabriel Woolf, Peter Spence, Colin Wilcockson, biographers Valerie Grove and Anne Harvey, as well as our Patron, Simon Brett.

Biographer Valerie Grove with Patron Simon Brett and regular speaker Anne Harvey