Literary heritage celebrated in festival


WRITERS and poets throughout history have lived or visited the Sussex coast creating the rich and diverse literary background the area is well-known for.

Adur has its share of literary figures which the Shoreham WordFest will celebrate with two weeks of events revolving around writers past and present.

The festival will begin with an historical start featuring an evening at Lancing College exploring the works and life of Evelyn Waugh.

The author of the satirical novels Decline and Fall and Brideshead Revisited, which became a film and popular television series, attended Lancing College from 1917 to 1921.

Jeremy Tomlinson, former English teacher at Lancing College, said: “The college has a close connection with Shoreham and it is good to be able to be part of WordFest. On the Evelyn Waugh evening there will be extracts read from his novels particularly those linking to his time at Lancing College.

“There will be pupils reading and some biographical information also. The evening will be in the library which is the self-same library Evelyn would have studied in. We are a school which is successful in producing literary people and have a good literary influence.”

The evening will be on September 27, at 7.30pm.

A workshop will delve into the life and poetry of W.B. Yeats led by Janet Pressley on October 1, at the Ropetackle.

The Irish poet stayed in Steyning with his sisters during the later part of his life and wrote his play Purgatory in Chantry House.

However it is not just written words which make Sussex a colourful county but the word-of-mouth tales passed down through generations about the hidden horrors of the area, whether that is ghosts, witches or madmen.

Sussex folk tales will be retold by Michael O’Leary in an evening promising to reveal the secrets of Sussex on October 2 at 7pm in Shoreham Library.

Or for a more substantial version of events, Dr Geoffrey Mead will be leading a walk and talk around the centre of Shoreham on September 28 at 10am. The guided stroll will shed light on the town’s history from the beach to the river and beyond.

All events are listed in Shoreham WordFest booklet.