Alice Owens, Jeremy Page, Anna Hayward – Thursday 14th October 2021

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.


Susan Wicks, Caroline Price, Alice Owens – June 2017

Our next event is on Thursday 15th June, upstairs at the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High St, Lewes BN7 2AN. PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

Doors open 7pm, readings start 7.45pm.

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

Readers: Alice Owens (Prose), Susan Wicks (Poetry) and Caroline Price (Prose)

Books by readers will be for sale on the night (cash and cheques only, no cards)

If you plan to have supper at the pub, it’s probably a good idea to arrive in time to order and eat downstairs before the readings start.


Alice OwensAlice Owens has recently completed her first novel, working title Latent Grace, set in her native Alabama. It is currently with a potential agent and she is working on her second novel. Alice taught creative writing at 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 D.C and a Malawi human rights advocate with NGOs and the UN.


Susan Wicks, photo by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey Susan Wicks‘s seventh collection of poetry, The Months, came out in 2016 and was a PBS Recommendation. Lace, a collaborative pamphlet with visual artist Elisabeth Clayman, was published by Stonewood Press in 2015. Her work has won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and been shortlisted for T.S.Eliot, Forward, Griffin and Popescu Prizes. Her more recent book of Valérie Rouzeau translations, Talking Vrouz (Arc, 2013) won the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize.


Caroline Price Caroline Price is a violinist and teacher who has just moved to Suffolk after living for thirty years in Kent. Her stories have been short-listed for the Asham, Bridport and London Magazine awards, and in 2015 she was runner-up for the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Award for short fiction. Her fourth collection of poetry will be published by Shoestring Press in Autumn 2017.