About Lewes Live Literature

Lewes Live Literature was founded in April 1995 and incorporated as a limited company and registered charity in 1998. 

LLL began as a promoter of art and literature events, running spring and autumn seasons and one-off events, and steadily acquiring a reputation for inventive, eclectic programming. The Lewes Live Literature Festival was established as a regular late autumn extravaganza in 2001 and ran uninterrupted until 2007. Working across traditional artform boundaries, the festival specialised in bringing together spoken word with performance, music, film and visual art. 

Since 2007, LLL has concentrated on live literature production work - developing a range of interdisciplinary performances with writers. Notable productions include 'Dementia Diaries' by Maria Jastrzebska (which toured to universiry schools of medicine and other venues with a Wellcome Trust Arts Award), 'Weight', a staging of three short stories by Catherine Smith, 'Altered Egos' by Bernadette Cremin and 'This is always the result' by Gus Watcham. LLL has also co-produced or facilitated the development of performance works by intercultural company, Crosspath, including John Agard's one man show Roll Over Atlantic and Dora vs Picasso by Grace Nichols.

LLL is also committed to socially engaged and community focused projects. This includes installation work, such as 'Polska by the Sea' (2009) at Eastbourne Station and 'Body of Writing' (2017) at Salisbury Cathedral, as well as the pioneering of Penned Up, a strand of literature festivals in prisons, held at HMP Lewes (2015) and HMP Erlestoke, in Wiltshire (2017/2018) before being set up as an independent organisation.

Painting (right) High Street (Lewes) by artist Peter Messer

The company

Lewes Live Literature is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, no. 3593698. 

The company is a registered charity. Charity registration number 1071730. 

Registered office: 19 Newton Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2SH. 

Postal address: LLL mailbox, Lewes Town Hall, High Street, Lewes BN7 2QS 

Board of trustees

  • Nicky Crabb

  • Chris Ettridge 

  • Linda Salway 

  • Rebecca Hurst

Artistic Director: Mark Hewitt

Regular freelancers

Graham Rees (technical support) 

Rebecca Perkins (technical support) 

Simon Sandys (projections)

Memberships: ITC (Independent Theatre Council)


Lewes Live Literature gratefully acknowedges financial support from the following organisations and businesses during recent years: 

  • Arts Council England

  • Wellcome Trust

  • Awards for All Big Lottery Fund

  • East Sussex Arts Partnership

  • East Sussex County Council

  • Lewes Town Council 

  • Rees Elliott Partnership