Lewes Literary Society

Events 2018/2019

All events start at 8pm at the All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes BN7 2LE.

Our brilliant-value season tickets are on sale now. Click here for details.

2018 is our 70th anniversary year!
Please join us for a celebratory glass of prosecco at the first talk in October.

Robert McCrum

16th October 2018

Robert McCrum is a critic and author. He also broadcasts regularly on Radio Four and is an associate editor of The Observer. Previously he was editor-in-chief at Faber & Faber, where he edited many outstanding writers.

His own books include six novels, a definitive biography of PG Wodehouse, and an acclaimed memoir, My Year Off, which concerns a massive stroke he suffered in 1995. His new book is Every Third Thought: On life, death and the endgame, described by Kate Mosse as ‘thoughtful, subtle, elegantly clever and oddly joyous’.

Tickets for this event can be bought online here. Or now is a great time to buy our top-value season ticket – all six talks for £40!

Jo Shapcott

20th November 2018

Jo Shapcott is a multi-award winning poet. Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, won the Costa Book Award in 2010. She is President of the Poetry Society, and teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Her earlier poetry collections – Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) – are gathered in a compendium, Her Book, published in 2000. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2011.


Miriam Darlington

15th January 2019

Miriam Darlington is a prize-winning poet and nature writer. She was born and brought up in Lewes, and studied at Sussex University. She now lives in Devon, and teaches creative writing at the University of Plymouth.

Her books include the acclaimed nature-travel memoir, Otter Country (2012). Her latest book, Owl Sense (2018), has been described as ‘captivating’ by The Times, and ‘achingly beautiful’ by the Guardian.

Charlotte Higgins

12th February 2019

Charlotte Higgins is a classicist, author, and the Guardian’s chief culture writer. Her latest book, Red Thread (2018), explores our ancient fascination with mazes and labyrinths. It was described by Craig Brown in the Mail on Sunday as ‘thrillingly original… on every page there is a sparkling idea.’

She won the 2010 Classical Association prize, awarded for the person deemed to have done most to bring classics to a wide audience.

Emma Woolf

12th March 2019

Emma Woolf is a journalist, TV presenter, and author. She has written a number of best-selling books about health and well-being, including An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia (2012).

She has also written two novels, including England’s Lane (2018), a fictionalised account of a tragic love affair she experienced in her twenties. Emma is the great-niece of Virginia Woolf.

Linda Grant

2nd April 2019

Linda Grant is an author and journalist. She has written seven novels, including the Orange prize-winning When I Lived in Modern Times (2000) and the Man Booker-shortlisted The Clothes on Their Backs (2008). Her most recent novel, The Dark Circle (2017), was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize for Fiction.

She has also written a number of non-fiction books, including the acclaimed memoir Remind Me Who I Am, Again (1998), about her family’s history and mother’s dementia.