Lewes Literary Society

Welcome to our 2022-23 season.

Our first talk of the next season is with David Hendy on Tuesday 18th October 2022.

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David Hendy

18th October 2022

David Hendy is a media historian with interests in the role of sound, images, and communication in human cultures across time. He joined the BBC in 1987 as a journalist and producer, and he continues to write and present regularly on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. He has taught at the University of Westminster and the University of Sussex, and his latest book is The BBC: A People’s History. [Author photo: Tim Stubbings]

Hannah Berry

22nd November 2022

Hannah Berry is a comics creator, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and author of three award-winning graphic novels – Livestock, Adamtine and Britten & Brülightly – for Jonathan Cape. She has contributed to numerous publications, from 2000AD to the New England Journal Of Medicine, as well as regular cartoons for New Statesman and Prospect Magazine. In 2018 she was inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was the 2019-21 UK Comics Laureate. [Author photo: Claire McNamee]

Lissa Evans

24th January 2023

Lissa Evans has written six novels, including the best-selling Old Baggage, Crooked Heart (long-listed for the Baileys Prize), V for Victory and Their Finest Hour and a Half , which was filmed as Their Finest, and starred Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.  Two of her books for children, Small Change for Stuart and Wed Wabbit, were shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Before becoming a writer, Lissa was a producer and director in radio and TV comedy; her productions included Room 101 and Father Ted.

Elizabeth Lowry

28th February 2023

Elizabeth Lowry’s first novel, The Bellini Madonna, was published in 2008 to great acclaim; her second, Dark Water (2018) was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Her new novel, The Chosen, a fictionalised imagining of the marriage between Tom and Emma Hardy. Elizabeth Lowry is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal. [Author photo: Lorentz Gullachsen]

Sue Gee

28th March 2023

SUE GEE is a novelist and short story writer. Her novels include The Hours of the Night which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and The Mysteries of Glass, long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2005. Her new book, Just You and the Page: Encounters with twelve writers, is a crossover between memoir and literary biography. Sue has taught creative writing for over twenty-five years, worked as a writing mentor at Freedom from Torture, and currently teaches at Highgate Scientific and Literary Institution and the Faber Academy.  [Author photo: Alan Hunns]

Patrick Gale

25th April 2023

Patrick Gale is one of this country’s best loved novelists. His latest novel, Mother’s Boy, is set in Cornwall during two world wars. Other recent works include A Perfectly Good Man, the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition, and the Costa shortlisted A Place Called Winter. His original BBC television drama, Man In An Orange Shirt , was shown to great acclaim in 2017 as part of the BBC’s Queer Britannia series. [Author photo: Jillian Edelstein]