All things writerly in Lewes...

There is so much going on for lit-lovers in Lewes. Lewes Literary Society brings the country's top writers to Lewes for a monthly programme of inspiring talks. Established in 1948, past speakers include John Betjemen, Rose Tremain, Ian McEwan and AS Byatt - essential membership for all Lewesian writers.

The quarterly Needlewriters events are run by a warm and welcoming group of writers from all disciplines, mainly based in Sussex and Kent - a rich mix of poetry and prose readings in the lovely Needlemakers cafe.

For invigorating live lit events, incorporating fiction, non-fiction, music and presentations, head to Little Fishes story cabaret, from the organisers of Brighton's Story Studio and Short Fuse.

Lewes Live Lit is a wonderful organisation, holding readings, lectures and workshops. 

And of course just a short hop up from Lewes, we have the wonderful Charleston Festival every May and the fantastic Small Wonder short story festival at Charleston House in September. 

While you're here, don't forget to browse the numerous independent and antique bookshops and visit some of the Bloomsbury haunts - as well as Charleston, there's Virginia Woolf's house up the road in Rodmell, Berwick Church hosts Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant's stunning artwork, and you can even pay your respects at their rather understated graves in Firle churchyard.