We are very excited to announce that the following speakers will be joining us for the 2020 Fishbourne Literary Festival –  John D Burns, Olivia Fane, Nicci French, Claire Fuller, Phil Hewitt, Paul Kerensa, Deborah Moggach, Kate Mosse and William Shaw.

John D Burns

Whose Land is it anyway?

John D Burns explores wild places and campaigns for their wildlife. His blend of storytelling, theatre and humour is both entertaining and thought provoking.

John D Burns has spent forty years exploring Britain’s mountains. He has walked and climbed in the Rockies, Kenya, the Alps and the Pyrenees. John was a member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and is an award-winning mountain writer. His first book, The Last Hillwalker, has become a mountaineering classic and was shortlisted for TGO Book of the Year.  His second book, Bothy Tales has been hailed as an iconic text for the outdoor community.   In his first novel, Sky Dance, John explored his passion for the Scottish hills and his concern for the damage done to them and their wildlife.

For further details about John Burns and his books follow the link to his website

https://www.johndburns.com/  Vertebrate Publishing | Inspiring Adventure

Nicci French

Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are twenty bestselling novels by Nicci French, published in thirty-one languages. Blue Monday was the first thrilling story in the Frieda Klein series, which concludes with Day of the Dead. facebook.com/NicciFrenchOfficialPage

Claire Fuller

Claire Fuller

Claire Fuller is a novelist and short fiction writer. For her first degree she studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art. She began writing fiction at the age of 40, after many years working as a co-director of a marketing agency. She has a Masters (distinction) in Creative and Critical Writing from The University of Winchester. She lives in Winchester, England with her husband, and a cat called Alan, and she has two grown-up children.

Her three novels: Our Endless Numbered Days (winner of the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction),  Swimming Lessons (shortlisted for the Encore prize for second novels, and Livre de Poche prize in France), and the critically acclaimed Bitter Orange, have all been published by Fig Tree / Penguin (UK), Tin House (US), and House of Anansi (Canada). They have been translated into more than 15 languages. 

Her short stories have been published in many literary journals and shortlisted in prizes. Baker, Emily and Me, won the 2014 BBC Opening Lines competition (read it here), and her story, A Quiet Tidy Man, won the Royal Academy and Pin Drop short story award 2016, (Listen to Juliet Stevenson reading it), and it has been included in the Pin Drop / Simon & Schuster anthology: A Short Affair.

Phil Hewitt

Sussex Newspapers group arts editor, Festival of Chichester chairman and marathon runner Phil Hewitt is beating back the demons with a new book which celebrates the massive mental health benefits of running.  He will be talking about the book, Outrunning The Demons (Bloomsbury, 2019), at the Fishbourne Literary Festival.

As Phil says: “Running can take us to fantastic places. Just as importantly, it can also bring us back from terrible ones. For people in times of crisis, trauma and physical or mental illness – when normality collapses – running can put things back together again.”

After watching a cricket match in Cape Town, South Africa, three years ago, Phil was mugged – stabbed, punched, kicked and effectively left for dead in a grim, desolate suburb.  Astonishingly, just as he could feel himself starting to drift away, he was scooped up and whisked to hospital by a passing pizza delivery driver. Two deep stab wounds, 15 stitches, three broken ribs, battered liver and stomach, bruised all over.

Phil resolved to put himself back together again by getting back to his first love, running…. And it proved a remarkable way to outrun the demons of PTSD and his blood-soaked pavement. Which is why it became the title of his new book – Outrunning The Demons.   In it, Phil tells of his own experiences and their aftermath – and also interviews 34 people from around the world who, as he says, have been to hell and discovered that the surest, safest, quickest way back was to run. 

He interviewed people caught up in 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing; people who have lost loved ones to murder and natural causes; people who have suffered addiction, alcoholism, anxiety, depression, violent and sexual assault; sheer bad luck – and even a nose-diving jet. The result is a remarkable collection of stories about hope and survival – a genuinely uplifting celebration of the strength of the human spirit and all the good that is unleashed simply through running.

Paul Kerensa

Paul Kerensa was born in Cornwall in 1979, and once he’d learned to write, he started writing. Years later, he’s an award-winning writer of TV, radio, books and his own stand-up comedy, which he still performs twice or thrice a week. He’s part of the British Comedy Award-winning writing team for BBC’s Miranda, the Rose d-Or Award-winning writing team for BBC1’s Not Going Out, he’s written for cult shows like C4’s TFI Friday and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and Dead Ringers, as well as mainstream hits like BBC’s Top Gear, Buble at the BBC and the BBC Music Awards. In book form, Paul wrote the true-life memoir ‘So a Comedian Walks into a Church’ in 2013, which made The Independent’s top 7 comedy books for Christmas that year. He followed that up with ‘Genesis: The Bibluffer’s Guide’, based on his Edinburgh Festival show retelling tales of Adam & Eve, Noah and musicals about dreamcoats. His new books include 2017’s ‘Hark! The Biography of Christmas’ (an enlightening sleigh ride through festive history) and 2018’s children’s books ‘Noah’s Car Park Ark’ and ‘Moses & The Exodus Express’, beautifully illustrated by The Pope Twins. His podcast is The Heptagon Club, he tweets @paulkerensa, and is father to two amazing children, plus a few less good ones.

Deborah Moggach

“Deborah Moggach, OBE, has written 20 novels and many adaptations of her own and other writers’ works. These include the BAFTA-nominated “Pride and Prejudice” starring Keira Knightley, BBC’s “The Diary of Anne Frank” , and “Tulip Fever”, based on her own bestselling novel set in Vermeer’s Amsterdam. “

“My Writing Life”: Deborah Moggach talks about her latest novel “the Carer” , her adventures in Hollywood, and the hit movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.


Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is a No 1 multi-million international bestselling novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer. The author of eight 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 – 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 hosts the Pre Show Interview Series at CFT.   The second novel in The Burning Chambers series, The City of Tears –  set in Paris, Chartres and Amsterdam – will be published in May 2020.  She is a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing & Contemporary Literature at the University of Chichester and was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2013.  Though Kate lives in Chichester, she still spends as much time as possible in Carcassonne, Languedoc, where much of her historical fiction is set.  

Her talk is entitled

Taking Inspiration from the landscape – from Fishbourne & Chichester to Chartres & Carcassonne’


Twitter: @katemosse

Instagram: @katemossewriter

William Shaw

William Shaw is the author of The Birdwatcher and the follow up Salt Lane which were both longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His books have also been nominated for a Barry Award, the Golden Bullet, and the CWA Historical Dagger. The Sun calls William Shaw “A modern crime master” and The Sunday Times named his book A Book of Scars as one of the 100 Best Crime books published since 1945 and picked his latest Deadland as one of the best crime reads of the summer. His DI Alexandra Cupidi series has been optioned for TV by Expectation Entertainment.



William Shaw’s talk is entitled ‘See the world through crime-tinted glasses’

Don’t just think of crime fiction as escapist pleasure, says William Shaw. It’s the literature that’s saying the most about our world right now.