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Our literary events provide an opportunity to listen to some great authors.

During these relaxed evenings you will have the chance to pose questions to the guest and purchase signed first editions at reduced price.



Booker-shortlisted author Will Self talking about his new novel: Phone


Hang on to the phone – feel the smoothness of its bevelled screen…! Place your thumb in the soft depression of its belly-button – turn it over andWill Self credit Chris Close 2014over… a five hundred-quid worry bead – and all I worry about is losing the bloody thing…!

For the four characters at the heart of Will Self’s brilliantly acute novel, the five hundred-quid worry bead in their pocket may be both a blessing and a curse. Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns; from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos, from the horror of modern war to the end of privacy, Phone is Will Self’s most important and compelling novel to date.

Will Self is the author of many novels and books of non-fiction, including Great Apes, The Book Of Dave, How The Dead Live (shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Of The Year 2002), The Butt (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2008), Umbrella (shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2012), and Shark.

‘Self is the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation’ ~ The Guardian

7.00p.m. FRIDAY 30th JUNE 2017


Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£8.00) are available from



Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tel: 01273 464440       www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk     https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/will-self/




Breaking the Barriers between Music and Technology

Thomas Dolby is a five-time Grammy nominee, whose ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ reached number 5 on the US Billboard charts in 1982, Speed of Soundappeared in Breaking Bad, and was even covered by The Muppets…

Based on his meticulous notes and journals, The Speed of Sound chronicles Dolby’s life in the music business during the eighties; in Silicon Valley through the nineties, and at the forefront of the mobile phone revolution around the turn of the millennium – it was Dolby who created the synthesizer installed day on most mobile phones.

With humour and a considerable panache for storytelling, The Speed of Sound is a revealing look behind the curtain of the music industry, as well as a unique history of technology over the past thirty years. From sipping Chablis with Bill Gates to visiting Michael Jackson at his mansion or viewing the Web for the first time on Netscape founder Jim Clark’s laptop, this is both the view from the ultimate insider and also that of a technology pioneer whose groundbreaking ideas have helped shape the way we live today.

Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby became one of the most recognisable figures of the synth pop movement of early-’80s new wave. He played synth on Foreigner’s 4, Def Leppard’s Pyromania and Joan Armatrading’s Walk Under Ladders and supported David Bowie at Live Aid. He also wrote the score for Fever Pitch. His last studio album was 2011’s A Map of the Floating City, which featured with guest appearances from Mark Knopfler, Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, and others.

Engaging, emotional, funny and surprising’ —JJ Abrams

‘[Dolby’s] journey is as amazing as the book is well written. From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed every page. Brilliant.’ —Henry Rollins


7.00pm THURSDAY 13th JULY


Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£8.00) are available from



Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tel: 01273 464440       www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk




‘I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.’

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for How to stop Timecenturies. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the
perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love.

Matt Haig is an internationally acclaimed writer of adult and children’s novels, screenplays, non-fiction and journalism. His work has been translated into 30 languages. Reasons to Stay Alive has spent 45 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller list since publication in 2015, while his novel The Humans has sold over 200,000 copies. The Radleys won The TV Book Club ‘book of the series’. As a writer for children and young adults Haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal. His children’s books include A Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas, as well as Father Christmas and Me, which will be published in October.

7.00p.m. THURSDAY 20th JULY 2017


Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£8.00) are available from



Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tel: 01273 464440       www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk      https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/meet-the-author-matt-haig/

Matt Haig by Ken Railey



A reappraisal of Charles Darwin. Wilson  uses his acclaimed understanding of the Victorian era to bear on the most controversial scientist of modern times.


Charles Darwin is much more than the account of a charming, shy, rich naturalist who lived in the reign of Queen Victoria and had many remarkable insights. It is, in part, the story of the intellectual life of the West over the last two centuries. Darwin was himself the product of his times, and as he acknowledged, he formed his biological theory not just on the basis of biology but by the study of the work of social economists. Likewise, ever since 1859, men and women have had reasons, for believing or rejecting Darwin’s theories, which do not pertain simply to the theories themselves.

Darwin made claims about who we, the human race, actually are. To this extent, he was the creator of a myth as powerful as that of the Bible.

Andrew Norman Wilson was educated at Rugby School and later attended New College, Oxford (B.A., 1972; M.A., 1976). Initially drawn to the teaching profession and priesthood, Wilson settled upon a life of writing, and published his first novel, The AN Wilson credit SAM YARDLEY 2017Sweets of Pimlico in 1977. He has since published over 40 works of fiction and non-fiction. He is a regular voice on BBC radio, and an occasional columnist for the Daily MailTelegraphLondon Evening StandardFinancial Times, the Times Literary SupplementNew StatesmanThe Spectator and The ObserverA Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and an award-winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, Wilson holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism.



(aka The Cathedral of the Backstreets)

Victoria Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3BD

Tickets (£10)

available from CITY BOOKS

23 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AF

Tel 01273 725306     info@city-books.co.uk

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Yotam in conversation with long-time friend and co-author Helen Goh


Renowned for fresh evocative ingredients and bold inventive flavour, Yotam Ottolenghi has absolutely changed the way we eat and cook in this country. From Middle Eastern food to the very best Vegetarian recipes and world famous cakes and desserts, the Ottolenghi cookbooks have become national favourites. Sweet is a return to Yotam’s roots as a pastry chef and offers a mouthwatering array of recipes for hand-crafted sweet treats, freshly made with love, flair, real ingredients and lots of attention to detail. This is the quintessential Ottolenghi flavour formula brought to baking. Come and celebrate the sweet things in life.

Yotam and Helen will also be assembling a pudding from Sweet and at the end this will be auctioned for charity!




King’s Rd, Brighton BN1 2FU

Tickets (£12.00) are available from


PETE BROWN Moved to autumn


Talking hops, barley, yeast and water, with accompanying samples of beer

Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink on the planet, but few who enjoy it know much about how its four ingredients – malted barley, hops, yeast and water – miraculously combine.Miracle Brew cover art

We’ve been brewing and drinking beer for thousands of years, without understanding how or why the brewing process works. In the Middle Ages, yeast was called ‘godisgoode’ because no one had any idea what fermentation was. Malting barley, too, has for centuries seemed genuinely wondrous: it’s only in the last 200 years that science has identified and understood how man and yeast work together to gently (or not so gently) persuade this humble grain to give up its sugary stash for fermentation into beer.
From the birth of brewing (and civilisation) in the Middle East, through an exploration of water’s unmurky depths and the surreal madness of drink-sodden hop-blessings in the Czech Republic, to the stunning recreation of the first ever modern beer – Miracle Brew is an extraordinary journey through the nature and science of brewing.

Along the way, we’ll meet and drink with a cast of characters who reveal the magic of beer and celebrate the joy of drinking it. And, almost without noticing, we’ll learn the naked truth about the world’s greatest beverage.

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Pete Brown is a British writer who specialises in making people thirsty. He is the author of eight books and wrote the annual Cask Report for its first nine years.

He writes numerous articles in the drinks trade press and consumer press. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and has judged competitions including the BBC Food and Farming Awards, the Great Taste Awards and the Great British Pub Awards.

He’s a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, and was named Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2016.