Please see Home page for details of the exciting 2018 South Downs Festival programme, running from March to November 2018 at venues across the South Downs.
Events are taking place from Portsmouth to Lewes, from Midhurst to Arundel, with stopovers at Finchdean, Chichester, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Tortington and elsewhere. Enjoy poetry in tiny country churches, magnificent cathedrals, artists’ studios, pubs, libraries and at the seaside.
New events being added – please keep checking for updates.
Workshops: don’t miss brilliant SDPF workshops at Arundel with Anne-Marie Fyfe from Troubadour (Smoke & Mirrors) August 24th, at Midhurst for an Eco-poetry walk and writing workshop with Hugh Dunkerley August 26th, and at Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton for location writing with Bloodaxe poet Stephanie Norgate, September 12th. Please book early to guarantee a place.
Don’t miss Blakefest – celebrating one of the most famous poetical residents of the South Downs, William Blake. He only stayed a few years, but his visit has been immortalised by his visions of angels, the inspiration for Jersusalem and of course his arrest and trial for sedition. Events all day at the Regis Centre/Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis on Saturday 15th September. Guests include The All Things Must Pass Orchestra with the music of sixties’ visionary George Harrison, Jamie Leeming Jazz Trio with vocalist Emily Dankworth, the Lena Lovich Band and poetry from Sasha Dugdale with Joy, Ciaran O’Driscoll, Naomi Foyle, Shedman John Davies and lots more.