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Fishbourne Loves Books Festival

28th March, 2020 - 29th March, 2020

£6 – £45

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 Chartres & 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.


28th March, 2020
29th March, 2020
£6 – £45
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Fishbourne Loves Books
07769 700669
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