Our 5 authors are now confirmed for the 2019 Festival.  You can read more about them below.

Kate Mosse

The Talk: “The Burning Chambers”

Covering 300 years of history, spanning from Languedoc in 1562 to the beautiful mountainous landscape of Franschhoek, bestselling author Kate Mosse will introduce the first novel in this new historical adventure series, The Burning Chambers as well as giving us a taster of what might come next.


Biographical Information

Kate Mosse is a number one international bestselling novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer. The author of six novels and short story collections – including the multimillion-selling Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel) and Gothic fiction The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which she is adapting for the stage – her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages and published in more than forty countries. She is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and a regular interviewer for theatre & fiction events.

Kate divides her time between Chichester in West Sussex and Carcassonne in south-west France. The second novel in The Burning Chambers series, The City of Tears – which is set in Paris, London and Amsterdam – will be published in May 2020.

Luke Jennings

The Talk: “Creating Villanelle

In the last twelve months the TV series Killing Eve, and the novels which gave rise to it, have taken the world by storm. Author Luke Jennings describes how he came to create his psychopathic anti-heroine, and her nemesis, Eve.

Biographical Information

Luke Jennings is a London-based author and journalist who has written for The Observer, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Time. He is the author of Blood Knots, short-listed for the Samuel Johnson and William Hill prizes, and the Booker Prize-nominated Atlantic. With his daughter Laura, he wrote the teenage stage-school novels Stars and Stars: Stealing The Show. Luke’s latest publications are Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle, the basis for the TV series starring Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, and the second title in the trilogy Killing Eve: No Tomorrow.


Elly Griffiths

The Talk: “The Stone Circle”

Elly Griffiths comes to Fishbourne to discuss her best-selling crime novels including the Dr Ruth Galloway and Stephens & Mephisto series and her recent standalone: The Stranger Diaries. Elly will also share how she became a writer and the truth behind her name!

Biographical Information

Elly Griffiths read English at King’s College, London, and worked in publishing for many years before becoming a full-time author.  Her bestselling series of Dr Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk. The series has won the CWA Dagger in the library and has been shortlisted three times for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her series of Stephens and Mephisto novels are based in 1950/60s Brighton. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two children.  She won the prestigious CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY 2016, awarded for an author’s whole body of work, and was also the chair of 2017’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

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Peter Parker


The Talk: “Battlefields, Biography and Botanical Gardens”

Peter Parker, in a wide-ranging conversation with Richard Bates, will explain how he started out writing about the First World War and how he came, via literary biographies, to write about botanical Latin, which he believes is not only useful, but fun.

Biographical Information

Peter Parker has written on a wide variety of subjects, including architecture, art, biography, books, social and cultural history, for a large number of newspapers and magazines. He has written about plants and gardening for HORTUS and the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of two books about the First World War, The Old Lie and The Last Veteran; biographies of J.R. Ackerley and Christopher Isherwood; Housman Country, a study of A Shropshire Lad and Englishness; and most recently A Little Book of Latin for Gardeners, published in November 2018. He is an advisory editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Duncan Salkeld

The Talk: “Shakespeare’s life in London

Nobody knows the identity of the ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Shakespeare writes about her as brown-skinned, promiscuous and likely to pass on a venereal infection. One of the most infamous women in Renaissance London was ‘Black Lucy’, a notorious brothel madam from Clerkenwell. What were her links to the world of the London theatres? Is it plausible that Shakespeare might have been in love with a black prostitute? This talk focuses on Shakespeare’s life in London, the development of his art, and some of the more transgressive aspects behind his work.

Biographical Information

Duncan Salkeld is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. He is author of Madness and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare, Shakespeare Among the Courtesans, and Shakespeare and London (Oxford University Press, 2018), as well as many articles and chapters on Renaissance literature.