Monday Literary Society


Welcome to the Monday Literary Society. 

Please note that tickets for Blake Morrison's talk on the 26th January are selling very briskly! If you are not a member of the Monday Literary Society, and you would like to come to the talk, you are strongly advised to buy a ticket in advance of the meeting, either from the website or from Bow Windows bookshop. We love welcoming new people to our talks, and we don't want to turn anyone away, but our priority is to ensure our members and other ticket holders are seated, and we can't guarantee there will be a seat for anyone who hasn't 'pre-booked.'

For more than sixty years, we've been running an annual programme of talks and readings by distinguished speakers from many areas of literary endeavour – novelists, short fiction writers, poets, playwrights, biographers, historians, literary critics, travel writers, as well as illustrators and cartoonists.

Leonard Woolf was president of the Club from 1954 until 1969, and our current presidents are Grace Nichols and John Agard.

We welcome new members, and joining is very simple. You can also buy tickets for individual meetings.

Dear once and prospective members,
It’s my pleasure to tell you about our forthcoming season of talks by renowned writers, and to invite you to renew your membership. As agreed at our last AGM, we’re raising the price of membership to £30 for seven meetings; at less than £5 per meeting, this is still fantastic value. 

‘One-off’ tickets will still be £7.50. Please fill in and return the enclosed form (if you’ve received this by post) or attached form (if you’ve received this by email) and send it, with your cheque, to our Membership Secretary. 

As you may be aware, we are totally reliant on membership and ticket sales, and receive no grants/additional funding. Our costs have risen in recent years. In order to continue running the Monday Lit, we need a core membership to guarantee us an income. Please ask anyone you know locally who loves reading, and who wants to support writers, to consider joining – or to come to specific readings of interest.

We will be putting distinctive postcards in Lewes and surrounding areas, and there will also be posters for each reading. Viva Lewes often interviews our guest writers, which means that everyone in the Lewes area knows about our events, but ‘word of mouth’ and also email and social media are very effective ways of letting others know about our programme…so please, spread the word!

As usual, meetings will start promptly at 8pm. At the first meeting, if you’re collecting your membership card, please aim to arrive between 7.30 and 7.45pm. For subsequent meetings, would all members/those with pre-purchased tickets please arrive by 7.45pm at the latest. After 7.45pm, unless the chamber is full, we’ll have a limited number of tickets for sale on the door. 

Advance tickets will be available from our website, or for sale from Bow Windows Bookshop (175 High Street, Lewes, BN7 1YE).

A warm welcome to our new Secretary, Jean Dolby, a Monday Lit member and ‘avid reader and lover of all things literary.’ Jean has been involved with Charleston since the early eighties. She also has considerable committee experience, and a background in careers guidance and counselling.

We’re thrilled to have a number of very high-profile writers as guest speakers for our 2014/15 programme; their enthusiasm for accepting our invitations shows the enduring appeal of Lewes audiences. Please note the dates carefully;  there will be no December meeting. There will instead be a meeting in May. 

October 27th 2014           Philip Hensher – The Emperor Waltz. Changing the world with teapots, bookshops                                        and moral example

November 24th 2014         David Blount – Radio – Where the Pictures Are Better

January 26th 2015            Blake Morrison – Life Writing and The Writing Life

February 23rd 2015          Clare Pollard – Poetry Reading

March 30th 2015           Rosamund Bartlett – How Chekhov took on Tolstoy

April 27th 2015       Iain Sinclair – Under the Overground: Walking as a Way of Writing

May 19th 2015          Penelope Leach – Babycare and Advances in Neurobiology

On behalf of the committee, I look forward to welcoming you in October.

With very best wishes,

Catherine Smith, Chair, Lewes Monday Literary Society

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