The Winchelsea Literary Society programme for 2017 is now in place.

Meetings are held in the Lower Court Hall, Winchelsea, on Friday evenings at 7 for 7.30pm.  Membership for the year costs £15, payable in January.  Visitors to individual meetings are always welcome and are invited to make a donation.

20th January:
An Evening with Matt Charman
Matt Charman is an Oscarnominated screenwriter and awardwinning playwright, whose productions include three world premieres at the National Theatre.  His most recent feature is ‘Bridge of Spies’.

17th February:
Adventures, Alps & Aunts: A night of Climbing Days with Dan Richards
‘Climbing Days’, an exploration of the writing and climbing lives of Dan Richards’ great-great aunt and her husband, the critic I. A. Richards, was published by Faber in 2016.

Thursday 9th March:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time,  Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Hilary Roome is organising this matinee theatre trip.  Full details are available separately.

17th March:  (This meeting includes the Society’s AGM)
A Sense of Place: Marion Molteno
South African writer, Marion Molteno, for many years a social worker with the UN, has published five novels, most recently ‘Uncertain Light’

21st April:
Members’ Evening: Play Reading – A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt

19th May
British Crime Fiction: From the Golden Age to Brit Noir:  Guy Fraser-Sampson
As well as writing on finance and cricket, Winchelsea resident Guy Fraser-Sampson has published three novels, ‘Major Benjy,’ Au Reservoir’ and ‘Death in Profile’.

16th June:
Stories of Russian London: Vesna Goldsworthy
Vesna Goldsworthy is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.  Her books include ‘Chernobyl Strawberries’, ‘Inventing Ruritania’, ‘The Angel of Salonika’.  Her novel ‘Gorsky’ was published in 2015.

Summer Party

15th September:
Who’s in Charge? The Muse Answers Back:  Douglas Skinner
Douglas Skinner is a writer, editor and translator. A selection of his poems, ‘Heaven: New & Selected Poems’ appeared in 2014.

20th October:
Who is Julian of Norwich and why is she so wonderful?:  Claire Foster-Gilbert
Claire Foster-Gilbert is Founder Director of the Westminster Abbey Institute.

17th November:
Members’ Evening: Books I have enjoyed recently

8th December:
Jane Austen:  John Davison
A welcome return visit from John Davison who has previously spoken to us on Tennyson, Scott, and Browning.