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Fishbourne Literary Festival Fishbourne Loves Books


The day is for book lovers of all descriptions, but if you’d just prefer to browse the festival’s huge selection of second-hand books, then please come along for free.  Refreshments are served all day so why not buy some books and jump straight into them with a cup of tea and a slice of cake!!

Last year the event sold out well before the date so gets your tickets early.2020 Fishbourne Poster

When? Saturday 28th-29th March, 2020 – West Sussex

Where? St. Peter’s Place and Fishbourne Church at Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 3XT South of the A259, between Apuldram Lane and the Woolpack pub, just off the Fishbourne roundabout on the A27 CHICHESTER by-pass

Who? 2020- Kate Mosse, John D Burns, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, Clare Fuller, William Shaw, Paul Kerensa, Deborah Moggach, Olivia Fane, Phil Hewitt, Dr Miles Leeson


Facebook? Fishbourne Loves Books

Festival Director? Liz Grant at

Established? Founded in 2016

Who has appeared at past festivals?

2019-Elly Griffiths, Luke Jennings, Kate Mosse, Peter Parker, Duncan Salkeld

2018 – Isabel Ashdown, Béatrice Crawford, Margaret Drabble, Adam Mars-Jones

Previously – Simon Brett ,Neil Downie, Max Egremont, Caroline Lawrence, David Lough, Kate Mosse, Jane Rusbridge

2020 Programme

Saturday 28th March & Sunday, 29th March, 2020 9.30-4.30 at Fishbourne Church –  entrance to book sale, stalls etc. free,    Refreshments for sale

For purchase of speakers’ tickets see or call 07718 512860    

Programme:  Talks cost £25 per day (5 speakers), £45 for weekend or £6 for one talk

Saturday, 28th March

10.00-10.45 am. Kate Mosse – Taking Inspiration from the landscape – from Fishbourne to Chatres & Carcassonne.  Local author, Kate is a no. 1 multi-million international bestselling novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer. Her eight novels and short story collections – include the Languedoc Trilogy, and Gothic fiction The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist’s Daughter.

11.15-12 noon. John D Burns – Whose Land is it anyway?  John D Burns’ blend of storytelling, theatre and humour explores wild places and campaigns for their wildlife.

12.30-1.15pm. Nicci French – Partners in Crime. Husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French , talk about their new thriller ‘The Lying Room’ and how their collaboration came about.

2.00-2.45pm. Claire Fuller – English Country Houses in Fiction.  Claire takes a look at some favourite books where the English country house is a character in its own right, including Claire’s latest novel, ‘Bitter Orange.’

3.15-4.00pm. William Shaw – See the world through crime-tinted glasses.  Crime fiction might be viewed as ‘escapist, but writer William Shaw insists it’s the literature that’s saying the most about our world at the moment.

Sunday 29th March

10.00-10.45. Paul Kerensa – Writing TV, Books, and Everything Else That Crops Up.  Writer for BBC1’s ‘Miranda’, ‘Not Going Out’, and countless well known actors, Paul plays comedy clubs and cathedrals as a popular comic.

11.15-12.00noon. Deborah Moggach -‘ My Writing Life’  Deborah Moggach talks about her latest novel “The Carer”, her adventures in Hollywood, and the hit movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.

12.30-1.15. Olivia Fane – Why Sex Doesn’t Matter.  Olivia Fane looks at the politics, obsessions, and misconceptions about this aspect of existence.

2.00-2.45. Phil Hewitt – Outrunning The Demons.  Phil has used running to beat back the demons of PTSD following being viciously knifed in 2016.  He wrote ‘Outrunning The Demons’ as a result.

3.15-4.00pm. Dr Miles Leeson ‘The Roaring 20s : Part, Present and Future’  Looking at literature and the role it plays in our culture.


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