Fishbourne Church’s Literary Festival 2020

Fishbourne Church’s Literary Festival 2020 – Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March 2020!

Five years ago St. Peter & St. Mary’s church at Fishbourne had a new church hall but badly needed to fit its interior.  Innovative fund raising had already been undertaken such as a Barn Dance, ‘Bizarre Bazaar’, ‘Come Dine with Me’ invitations, and Auctions of Promises.

A planned book sale evolved into the first ‘Fishbourne Loves Books’ book festival featuring three authors’ talks in the church and a vast selection of second hand books for sale in the new hall.  With tasty refreshments and good weather, the event was surprisingly successful.  It proved that people were still enthusiastic about books and were happy to buy them in spite of modern technology!

The event has grown, and funds made are split between the Church, always in need of repair and renovation, and a local charity.  In past years the event has supported Fishbourne School, for a new library, Stonepillow, the Hospice’s Dreambuilding project and the Apuldram Centre. This year proceeds will be shared with The Sussex SnowdropTrust.

The festival in March has been expanded to two days and eleven authors will be talking over the weekend, including Nicci French, Phil Hewitt, Paul Kerensa, Deborah Moggach and Kate Mosse.

The car park is limited in size, so even with skilful people guiding drivers to maximise space, it may be necessary to use the Woolpack or Bull’s Head pubs or the Roman Palace who have all kindly offered to help.  The hall is also one minute away from a 700 bus stop.  Weather has been kind for the past four years, and if it remains dry this year, then walking with a stout bag for books, might be the answer.  In previous years, space outside has been used to sell the plentiful supply of books but whatever the weather, with authors’ talks selling out before the event over the past three years, and the natural enthusiasm of book-lovers, a winning formula for fund raising seems to have been found.

More information about the festival can be obtained on Calendar Page and  Authors’ talks can be booked online.  Alternatively call 07718 512860.