Internationally-acclaimed author helps celebrate Festival of Chichester

A rare opportunity to hear an internationally-acclaimed author discuss his latest book is coming to Chichester this summer.

This forms part of an exciting programme of events put on by Chichester Library to celebrate this year’s Festival of Chichester.

Louis de Bernières, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin which was turned into a Hollywood film, is speaking at 12pm on Friday 29 June at the Vicars’ Hall, Chichester Cathedral Close.

Other events include a pop-up theatre, an introduction to ancestry, a talk about Chichester during the Great War and an art exhibition.

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “It is wonderful to see so many exciting events taking place at Chichester Library to celebrate the Festival of Chichester.

“Our libraries are not only about books anymore and I would encourage as many people as possible to make the most of these events.”

Libraries are great places to meet new people, find out about activities in your area, immerse yourself in events and join in with your local community.

As part of the Festival of Chichester, the library is holding the following events:

• Chichester High School Art Exhibition: Structure – Monday 11 June to Saturday 23 June (Chichester Library)

• An Introduction to Ancestry – Friday 22 June – 9.30am, 10.15am, 11.00am or 11.45am (Chichester Library)

• Diana Smith Art Exhibition: The Fun of the Festival – Wednesday 27 June to Thursday 12 July (Chichester Library)

• Louis de Bernières Lunchtime Talk at Vicars’ Hall – Friday 29 June 12 noon (Vicars’ Hall, Chichester Cathedral Close, PO19 1EJ)

• Chichester Community Theatre presents a ‘Pop Up Theatre Production’ of ‘Bear Hunt’ by Lucy Flannery – Saturday 30 June and Saturday 7 July, both at 12 noon (Chichester Library)

• West Sussex and Chichester During the Great War – Thursday 5 July – 7.30pm (Chichester Library)

• Storytime with Children’s Author Barbara Cluff (for ages 7 years and under) – Saturday 14 July – 11.00am-11.30am (Chichester Library)

To book tickets from Chichester Library, call 01243 777351 or email

To book tickets through Chichester Box Office, call 01243 816525, or view online at

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