Fishbourne Literary Festival

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Fishbourne Literary Festival Saturday 13th April 2024. A brilliant day out!

Hello and welcome to the Fishbourne Literary Festival 2024 lt is a truly delightful day filled with literature, discussion, and the company of some remarkable authors.

The line-up of authors, Kate Mosse CBE, Louis de Bernières, Gordon Griffin, and Paul Kerensa, promises a diverse range of perspectives and literary styles. The addition of a ‘Getting Away With Murder’ panel with crime writers Nicola Williams, Greg Mosse, and Lesley Thomson adds an exciting element, sure to captivate fans of the mystery genre.

The picturesque village of Fishbourne, West Sussex, is a charming backdrop for this literary celebration. Attendees have the opportunity to engage with their favourite authors and also to explore the local setting, enhancing the overall experience.

The option to purchase and get books signed adds a personal touch to the event, allowing literature enthusiasts to take home a piece of the festival. The inclusion of a preloved book sale adds a unique touch, appealing to those who appreciate the charm of second-hand books.

And, of course, what literary festival would be complete without a cozy café? The prospect of enjoying lunch, drinks, and delicious homemade cakes adds to the overall ambience, providing a perfect setting for conversation and reflection inspired by the day’s literary offering.

A brilliant day out for both avid readers and casual literature lovers alike. The festival organisers wish everyone at the 2024 literary festival a day filled with inspiration, connection, and the joy of storytelling!

We think the speakers enjoy it too – with enthusiastic questions and queues for book signings.   It was good to receive this message from Deborah Moggach:

Thank you all so much! That was huge fun – lovely audience, a glorious church, warm hospitality – a fab way to spend Saturday! All the best Debby

Authors 2024

Every year we aim to get accomplished and interesting authors, and 2024 is no exception. Find out more

Programme 2024

4 fabulous authors Kate Mosse, Louis de Bernières, Gordon Griffin and Paul Kerensa plus a special 3 author crime panel ”Getting Away With Murder”.

Ticket Information

Fishbourne Literary Festival welcomes all members of the community to enjoy and visit Kate’s bookshop, and our second-hand book sale. Karen’s Café is open to all.  

To purchase tickets for the authors’ talks and to secure your place please use the link above.

Supported Charities

Our chosen charity partner for 2024 is Tuppenny Barn Education a children’s food education charity and horticultural therapy charity in Southbourne. Please follow the link to this wonderful charity to find out more.

We are very grateful to our main sponsors, Graham and Sybil Papworth.

We are delighted to have Enchanted England who will have a stall in the church hall selling cards, and we thank them for their support.

A huge thank you to all the local businesses and people who have very kindly supported the event with amazing prizes for our tombola

Thank you to Waterstones Chichester branch for supporting the festival with the supply of our guest speakers’ books which will be available to have signed and purchased.

Thanks to The Woolpack Inn for supporting the festival.

Many thanks to Kenton Budd Estate Agents for helping us advertise this event

Find us at St Peter & St Mary Church and Church Hall

We’re a friendly village church set in the beautiful marshes that lead to Chichester harbour. Our modern church hall enjoys a peaceful setting adjoining the church, overlooking Fishbourne Meadows. It’s a very popular venue for community events.

St Peter & St Mary Church and Church Hall
Fishbourne Road West
Fishbourne PO19 3XT


Saturday 9 am – 5 pm