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Poetry, literature, music and art – there’s plenty of culture across Horsham District during June

Poetry, literature, music and art – there’s plenty of culture across Horsham District during June. The Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 continues apace as we reach halfway through the year. There are some fantastic music and literary events this month for adults and children alike, and the opportunity to get painting!

Hillaire Belloc The Sussex Laureate

Hilaire Belloc is the front-runner for the accolade of being the District’s most famous literary figure of recent times. Having spent his boyhood in Slindon, he moved to Shipley where he remained for the rest of his life. Belloc was a poet, historian, satirist, soldier, MP and political activist.

The author of more than 150 books, he’s best known now, perhaps, for his humorous ‘Cautionary Tales for Children’ – comic poems that have had a great influence on children’s writers ever since. Find out about the life and works of this towering literary and political figure at the Horsham Writers Circle talk and in their library displays.

The speaker is the well-known Sussex-born historian, author and broadcaster Kevin Newman.

His talk, including performances from some of the pupils of the School, will take place at The Towers School in Upper Beeding, BN44 3TF on Friday 14 June. The talk includes a Belloc-themed light meal, with Sussex cheese, bread, vegetables and meat. Refreshments, including Sussex beer and wine, will also be available. To book your tickets please contact [email protected]

Cellophane Flowers Trio

After two sell-out shows at the Brighton Fringe Festival and Chichester Festival last year, the Cellophane Flowers Trio are embarking on a mini-tour of Sussex. Guitarist/singer Alex Eberhard and vocalists Lucy Pickering and Rachel Myer will take you on a fabulous journey through the timeless Lennon/McCartney catalogue.

From “A Hard Day’s Night” to “Across The Universe”, and from “Nowhere Man” to “Blackbird”, the trio interpret the Beatles’ work in a new and refreshing way focusing on the lush vocal harmonies. You’ll be singing along with them by the end of the night! Catch them at the Steyning Centre on Friday 14 June, all the booking details can be found on

Creative Art inspired by Penn, patterns and peace

If you would like to really get creative, join Kilcash based artist, Mia Carney at the wonderfully historic Blue Idol in Thakeham, on Saturday 15 June. You will be drawing and painting in the medium of your choice: charcoal, pencil, acrylic and watercolour.

You will be inspired by the beautiful setting of this Quaker meeting house and place of worship of William Penn, best known for founding the state of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia – the city of brotherly love. Basic materials and a canvass will be provided but please use your own media if you would prefer.

Steyning Book Lovers Week

A fantastic week-long celebration of all things bookish for adults and children! This week includes author suppers, children’s books weekend, homemade poetry evening, creative writing workshops and so much more! The week runs from 15 June to 22 June, we would recommend checking out all the events happening during the week on our website so you don’t miss out.

Children can join in Mapping Imaginary Worlds, a children’s writing workshop with Vashti Hardy. They also have the opportunity to celebrate the Gruffalo’s 20th birthday with Julia Donaldson and friends – including the Gruffalo himself! Join them for a fun-packed show of dramatised stories, songs and audience participation! Nick Sharratt is holding a Big Father’s Day Family Draw-Along, bring your favourite pens and paper will be provided, and as its Fathers Day, there is free coffee and bacon butties for Dads!

Adults can enjoy an Evening with Lucy Foley on Monday 17 June. She will be discussing her latest novel The Hunting Party, a fiendishly twisty murder mystery set in a remote Scottish hunting lodge. Bringing all of the appeal of an Agatha Christie-style house-party whodunit to a thoroughly modern thriller, it is a riveting read which will keep you turning the pages long after lights out!

If you’re looking at writing your own book, novelist and creative writing coach Beth Miller is leading aspiring writers in a 2-hour workshop focussing on story and character development with lashings of tea and home-made cake to keep the creativity going. Beth has published 5 books – 3 novels and 2 non-fiction books. She also teaches on the Creative Writing Programme based at New Writing South, and works as a ‘book coach’, helping writers at all stages of their careers in one-on-one sessions.

On Thursday 20 June, Steyning Bookshop presents Justin Hopper & Sharron Kraus performing their new album Chanctonbury Rings live at the Gluck Studio. Through spoken word and music, the piece tells of uncanny encounters with the mist-shrouded Sussex landmark. It is based on American writer Hopper’s book The Old Weird Albion, and his childhood visits to Steyning, with new music composed by psych-folk artist Sharron Kraus, which she performs live on synths, strings, woodwinds and more. This performance marks the world debut of the Chanctonbury Rings album.

This is just a selection of the wonderful events happening in June You can find full details of these events and more on our website, or pick up a #HDYOC19 programme from one of our many outlets across the Horsham District. Please check booking information and prices prior to attending an event as booking is essential for most events.

You can follow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date with the Year of Culture.

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