Monday Literary Society


Welcome to the Monday Literary Society. We meet at 8 pm every third Monday of the month (except in December) from October through to April at Pelham House in Lewes.

For more than sixty years, we've been running an annual programme of talks and readings by distinguished speakers from many areas of literary endeavour – novelists, short fiction writers, poets, playwrights, biographers, historians, literary critics, travel writers, as well as illustrators and cartoonists.

Leonard Woolf was president of the Club from 1954 until 1969, and our current presidents are Grace Nichols and John Agard.

We welcome new members, and joining is very simple. You can also buy tickets for individual meetings.

September 2013

Dear once and prospective members

It's my great pleasure to tell you about our forthcoming season of diverse and intriguing talks, and to invite you to renew your membership - still fantastic value at just £25.00 for seven meetings. This is easy to do – just fill in and return the enclosed form with your cheque (if you’ve received this by post) or attached  form (if you’ve received this by email), and send it to our Membership Secretary.

As usual, meetings will start promptly at 8pm. Would all members please arrive by 7.45pm in order that we can guarantee to 'seat' you. Our aim is to ensure your comfort and enjoyment, and to observe health and safety requirements on behalf of Pelham House. After 7.45pm, if there are ‘spare seats’, we'll have a limited number of tickets for sale on the door, for anyone who has not bought a ticket in advance, available for sale from Bow Windows Bookshop (175 High Street, Lewes, BN7 1YE). We’ve had some personnel changes within the Committee. Our exemplary Secretary, Chris Lutrario, has resigned after ten years of unstinting service, and the many tasks he undertook on behalf of ‘The Monday Lit’ have been shared out among the Committee.

We are happy to welcome three new committee members – Clare Best, Eleanor Knight and Juliette Mitchell.

Clare, a prize-winning poet and writer, has many years experience in bookselling and publishing, latterly with Gallimard Jeunesse. She currently teaches Creative Writing for the Open University and for Brighton University. 

Eleanor is also a published writer and librettist, and a former drama editor at Methuen. 

Juliette was for many years an Editor for Penguin Books. She now works on various writing-related projects, as well as teaching Creative Writing and running publishing workshops. She’s also a regular contributor to Viva Lewes. 

We’re also delighted to announce that we have a new Sound engineer, Danny Cooklin, who has worked for twenty-five years in the professional audio business, principally as system designer for Turbosound Ltd. He’s toured with Dire Straits, Frank Sinatra and Nirvana and worked at the Barcelona Olympics and the Eurodisney opening ceremony. He currently works for The Music Group, Wallands School and Chailey Heritage Foundation, and freelances as an audio engineer.

We now have a facebook page and you can see it here.