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An Introduction to the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop with John McCullough

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This small group session John McCullough will discuss some of her best-known poems by Elizabeth Bishop

Lynne Truss – The Man That Got Away

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Popular author, Lynne Truss, will discuss the latest novel in her new series, The Constable Twitten Mysteries, set in Brighton

Tales by the Riverbank – an evening of story-telling

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

An invitation to tell a story, or listen to, in the perfect setting of the Verda Houseboat on the River Adur

A Walk Along the River Adur with Dr. Geoffrey Mead

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dr Mead will lead a guided ramble along the banks of the River Adur, explaining how the estuary has changed and been shaped over time

Science Fiction – Visions of the Future with Professor Roger Luckhurst

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In this talk he will discuss current trends in science fiction writing and the impact it has had on the way we, in the 2010s, imagine our future

A Coach Tour of Shoreham Port

October 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tony Parker, Director of Infrastructure and Climate Change, will lead a guided coach tour of Shoreham Port

Chalkscape – The Shaping of the South Downs in Prehistory

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Matthew Pope is Principal Research Fellow in Palaeolithic Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Climate Emergency Summit

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Peter Owen-Jones, TV presenter, explorer and ecological thinker, will start the day with a hard-hitting call for action

Roger Stevens – Poetry for Children

October 5 @ 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Roger Stevens will be performing some of his most popular poems.

The Leylines – Folk Rock Band

October 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Leylines are a west-country collective with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock.

When Trees Could Speak – Brambledash Theatre

October 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fern the Folklorogist lives in the woods and has secrets and stories to tell. This is a magical immersive storytelling show about trees, friendship and the importance of nature in our lives.

When Trees Could Speak – Brambledash Theatre 2PM – 3PM

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Fern the Folklorogist lives in the woods and has secrets and stories to tell. This is a magical immersive storytelling show about trees, friendship and the importance of nature in our lives.

Changing Landscapes

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Sussex Landscape has evolved over millions of years through natural processes of tectonic movements, periglacial activity and the constant weathering of rain, wind and sun, river and wave action.

Simon Armitage – Poet Laureate reading from Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic

October 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Described as ‘the Auden of his generation” and “as popular as Philip Larkin.”, Simon Armitage’s well-deserved appointment as UK Poet Laureate puts him in the footsteps of Ted Hughes and Carol Ann Duffy.

Cohere – Writing in Response to Dislocation

October 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Cohere is a writing project from North-East England, curated by Brighton-based photographer Nina Emett of FotoDocument.

Why Shouldn’t I Go? By Janet Behan

October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Writer/actor Janet Behan, author of the celebrated biographical Brendan at the Chelsea, brings her funny and poignant triple bill to Wordfest 2019.

Artificial Intelligence: Service or Master?

October 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr. Frederique Bone and Dr. Simone Vannuccini, researchers at the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex, will offer a ‘guided tour’ into the opportunities and challenges of Artificial Intelligence.

An Audience with John Humphrys

October 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

John Humphrys, broadcaster and author, launches his new book – details of which are a closely guarded secret.

The World Turned Upside Down – a discussion with Polly Toynbee, Isabel Hardman and Paul Johnson

October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ivor Gaber, Professor of Political Journalism at the University of Sussex will be discussing the current, and future, prospects for Britain's politics, economy and society with Polly Toynbee of the Guardian, author of Dismembered

We Choose to Go to the Moon – Dallas Campbell. A Brief History of Human Spaceflight

October 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, one of human history’s defining moments.

H.G.Wells – An Illustrated talk by Janet Pressley

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

H.G. Wells: scientist, political visionary, lover and one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century.

The Golden Age of Canals – David Parker

October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The inland waterways were the life-blood of the first industrial revolution until the railways came along.

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