Our next event on Thursday 14th October will be in-person! We welcome readers Alice Owens (prose), Jeremy Page (poetry) and Anna Hayward (prose).

This will be a LIVE event at the John Harvey Tavern in Lewes (upstairs room): please note the start time of 6.30pm

Doors open 6pm, readings start 6.30pm

Tickets £5 (£3 students, and the unwaged and claiming benefit) at the door on the night.

Alice Owens

Alice Owens has completed a first novel, Latent Grace, set in her native American South about a WWII German POW camp in a small Alabama town. It is currently with a potential agent.  She is also working on a second novel, a prequel to Latent Grace in which a young university student from the rural South finds himself thrust into the maelstrom of World War II as an intelligence officer and codebreaker.  Both works probe the impact of global events on isolated communities and the burdens of regional identity.  Alice taught creative writing for the University of Sussex.  She was founder and editor of the newsletter, Malawi Update, and co-editor of Human Rights and the Making of Constitutions:  Malawi, Kenya, Uganda.  Formerly, she was a civil rights lawyer in Washington D.C. and a Malawi human rights advocate with NGOs and the United Nations.  Most recently, she has led woodland writing workshops for young people from underserved urban communities.


Jeremy Page has published several collections of poems, among them Secret Dormitories (1993), The Alternative Version (2001), In and Out of the Dark Wood (2010) and Closing Time (2014). His most recent collection, The Naming, appeared in September. He has translated poetry by Giacomo Leopardi, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine and Boris Vian, and his versions of the Lesbia poems of Catullus were published by Ashley Press in 2011 as The Cost of All Desire. His plays, Loving Psyche and Verrall of the White Hart, were performed in Bremen (2010) and Lewes (2014) respectively, and his novella, London Calling, was published by Cultured Llama in 2018. He is the founding editor of The Frogmore Papers, now in their 39th year, and lives in Lewes.


Growing up, Anna Hayward spent long, hot summers in the Apennine Mountains of Central Italy with her relations and was always fascinated by stories of her family’s past – hardship, war, and the spectre of Mussolini, intertwined with friendship, secrets and an expectation of how women should behave. Anna wrote for many years – holiday brochures, adverts, strategic reports, business plans until the Italian voices of her past could wait no longer. As a novelist, Anna has been supported by New Writing South as part of their NWS10 scheme for emerging writers and received Arts Council funding for research in Italy and mentoring. She is in the final throes of her novel, Broken Madonna. Think St. Bernadette of Lourdes meets Elena Ferrante.


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