Lewes Literary Society

Welcome to our 2021-22 season.

Our next talk and Q&A is with Alice O’Keeffe on Tuesday 23rd November.

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Dean Atta

18th January 2022

Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and his debut novel, The Black Flamingo, won the Stonewall Book Award. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. Dean has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, and Channel 4, and he is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. Dean is based in Glasgow, and is Co-director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and a patron of LGBT+ History Month. No stranger to Lewes and Brighton, Dean graduated from the University of Sussex in 2006.

The talk, which will be followed by a Q&A, starts at 7pm, and tickets are available here. They can be purchased up until fifteen minutes before the start of the talk.

[Photo credit: Thomas Sammut]

 Claire Wilcox

22nd February 2022

Claire Wilcox has been Senior Curator of Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum since 2004. She has staged many successful exhibitions for the museum including Radical Fashion, Vivienne Westwood, The Art and Craft of Gianni Versace, The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, and Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up. Professor in Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion, Claire’s latest book Patchwork, A Life Amongst Clothes, won the PEN Ackerley Prize in 2021.

The talk, which will be followed by a Q&A, starts at 7pm, and tickets are available here. They can be purchased up until fifteen minutes before the start of the talk.

[Photo credit: Julian Stair]

Salley Vickers

22nd March 2022

Salley Vickers is the author of many highly acclaimed novels, including Miss Garnet’s Angel, The Cleaner of Chartres, Cousins, The Librarian, which was a top ten Sunday Times bestseller, Grandmothers, and two short story collections, the latest, The Boy Who Could See Death (Viking 2015). She was born in Liverpool and grew up in the Potteries, in Stoke-on-Trent, where her parents were active members of the Communist Party. She will be talking about her new book, The Gardener (November 2021) in which two sisters buy a ramshackle cottage together and embark on a journey of history, hurt and the healing power of nature.

The talk, which will be followed by a Q&A, starts at 7pm, and tickets are available here. They can be purchased up until fifteen minutes before the start of the talk.