Experiments with Live Literature

27 September - 13 December 2012

Hosted by New Writing South.

An exploratory course for writers wishing to develop work for performance led by LLL's Artistic Director, Mark Hewitt.. The course led to an evening of showcase performances at the Nightingale Theatre, Brighton. on 9 December, featuring scratch performances by kicking _k, Liz Porter, Sabrina Giles, Christina Sanders and Deborah Martin.

Bernadette Cremin - National Poetry Day

4 October 2012. The Florence Arms, Portsmouth

Reading and performance from Altered Egos.

Hosted by Tongues & Grooves.

Altered Egos - preview performances

1 - 3 March, 2012: New Venture Theatre, Brighton

17 April: The Little Theatre, Eastbourne Festival

A one-woman show written and performed by Bernadette Cremin. Directed by LLL's Mark Hewitt.

Dementia Diaries in Brighton and Cardiff

19 October 2011: Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton

Hosted by Brighton & Sussex Medical School

26 October 2011: Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum Cardiff

Hosted by the School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies

and the School of Medicine, Cardiff University


Daughter: Laura Freeman

Mama: Anna Korwin

Mrs Alicja: Agnieszka Korzuszek

Edzio: Sam Booth

Tata: Tim Barlow

Read a review of the Brighton performance

Workshop: 'Where Film Meets Poetry and Fiction'

6 August 2011. Lewes Live Lit Artists' Workspace

A workshop for poets and writers looking at using techniques more familiar to filmmaking as a way to intensify the narrative power of your writing. Led by Irish poet and novelist Martina Evans. www.martinaevans.com

Dementia Diaries at the Rosemary Branch, London

12 - 14 July, 2011: Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington, North London


Daughter: Daisy Whyte

Mama: Anna Korwin

Mrs Alicja: Agnieszka Korzuszek

Edzio: Al Gregg / Mark Hewitt

Tata: Tim Barlow

Preview in West End Extra

LLL at Eastbourne Festival 2011

Thursday 5 May, 2011. The Lamb, Old Town, Eastbourne

Compelling traditional music from Ireland and Sweden by virtuoso musicians Ben Paley (fiddle) and Mandy Murray (concertina). Plus the first ever work-in-progress performance of Petrol, a new live literature piece by Martina Evans set in County Cork in the early 1970s.

Dementia Diaries in Liverpool and Derby

Further touring dates for Dementia Diaries

May 3: Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool

Hosted by University of Liverpool School of Health Sciences

4 May: The Medical School, Royal Derby Hospital 

Co-hosted by the School of Graduate Entry, Medicine and Health 

and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham


Daughter: Daisy Whyte

Mama: Anna Korwin

Mrs Alicja: Agnieszka Korzuszek

Edzio: Sam Booth

Tata: Tim Barlow

Dementia Diaries in Edinburgh

Tuesday 5 April & Wednesday 6 April, 2011:�Adam House Theatre, Edinburgh

Hosted by The University of Edinburgh Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE), and supported by the MRC Regional Communications Seed Fund, The University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange Fund, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network.

Monday 4 April, 2011: St Bartholomew's Hospital, London
�An in-house performance for medical students at St Barts & The London

Cast for both performances as for The Nuffield, Southampton.

YouTube video`: Dementia Diaries in Edinburgh

Dementia Diaries at Jazz Cafe POSK

Sunday 20 March, 2011. Jazz Café POSK, Hammersmith, London

Acclaimed performance at POSK, the London centre for Polish Arts & Culture.

Hosted bythe KaMPe Group, Union of Polish Writers Abroad.

Cast as for The Nuffield, Southampton.

More about Dementia Diaries

Dementia Diaries at The Nuffield, Southampton

Mon 31 Jan - Weds 2 Feb, 2011.�The Nuffield Theatre (Studio) Southampton

Following a residency at The Nuffield Theatre and an extensive research and development phase funded by an Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust, a run of three sell-out performances in the studio theatre. www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk


Daughter: Daisy Whyte

Mama: Anna Korwin

Mrs Alicja: Stamatina Papamichali

Edzio: Sam Booth

Tata: Tim Barlow

Coverage of Dementia Diaries in Southampton - local BBC website

Weight: three stories about secrets

Thursday 25 November 2010. The Con Club, Lewes

Sell out Lewes performance of the stage adaptation by LLL Productions of three short stories by Catherine Smith - performed by Catherine Smith and Kathryn McGarr, directed by Mark Hewitt.

Poetry & Music at Red Roaster

Wednesday 24 November 2010. Redroaster, Brighton

Matthew Sweeney launched his latest book of poetry, The Night Post. Plus readings by Brendan Cleary and Jackie Wills. With music from Ireland and Sweden by Ben Paley (fiddle) and Mandy Murray (concertina).

The Boy Who Bit Picasso

Tuesday 28 September 2010. All Saints Centre, Lewes

An illustrated talk for families with young children by Antony Penrose, celebrating the publication of his book, The Boy Who Bit Picasso. As a child, Antony Penrose first met Picasso when he visited the Penrose family home of Farley Farm, in Chiddingly, East Sussex, in 1950. Antony’s parents were Roland Penrose, the curator and biographer of Picasso, and Lee Miller, the photographer, whose images illustrated Antony’s entertaining account of life around Picasso. Photo of Picasso and Antony Penrose © Lee Miller Archives. All rights reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk


July / August 2010

Spoken word audio project as part of the Lewes District Soundwave festival, a project for teenagers aimed at developing - over two workshops - a piece of writing for audio performance. The recordings were broadcast over the internet on Soundwave's Jellyfish Radio on 7/8 August and produced as a CD for the participants. The writing workshop was led by Catherine Smith with LLL's Artistic Director Mark Hewitt and the performance / recording session by Mark Hewitt with sound recordist John Avery,

Weight - three stories about secrets (previews)

July 2010. South Street, Reading (1 July) / Nightingale Theatre, Brighton (8 July)

Lewes Live Lit production of three short stories by Catherine Smith, performed by Catherine Smith and Kathryn McGarr, directed by Mark Hewitt for LLL Productions with incidental music by Peter Copley,

Preview performances in July 2010 at South Street, Reading and the Nightingale Theatre, Brighton.

Read an online review of the Brighton preview

Lewes Live Lit Labs

2009/2010/2011. Lewes Live Lit's artists' workspace

From book launches to open studios to first sharings of new work; an occasional series of one-off invitation-only bohemian gatherings in a rough and ready artistic environment where participating artists invite their own audience with a view to getting feedback on new work and work-in-progress.

Events for Eastbourne Festival

Eastbourne Festival. April 2010

Mick Jackson and Kay Syrad at Eastbourne Library, Southern Wind's superb performance of William Walton and Edith Sitwell's Façade at The Underground Theatre, Pam & Anna's Cabaret Ding-Dong with poet Bernadette Cremin at the Bibendum wine bar and a Polskie Party upstairs at The Lamb with Magdalena Reising and her Blue Café Jazz Band plus poets Maria Jastrebska and Bodhan Piasecki. Events organised for East Sussex Arts Partnership's 'Word County'�written and spoken word programme.

International Poetry & Prose

Thursday 12 November, 2009. Needlemaker's Café, Lewes

Readings by Martina Evans (pictured) and Catherine Smith. Australian poet Alison Croggon (on tour in the UK) was ill, so Maria Jastzrebska stood in at short notice. Plus performances of new incidental music by Peter Copley composed for Catherine Smith's short story performance, Weight, and played by Jo Eagle (accordion) and Anne Hodgson (flute).

Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star / Flat Earth News

Sunday 1 November 2009. All Saints Centre, Lewes.

One-off Sunday afternoon of events: Flat Earth News featured journalist Nick Davies and his attack on corruption and distortion in contemporary journalism; Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star featured grumpy old rock star Rick Wakeman holding forth.

Dementia Diaries in Lewes

Sunday 20 September, 2009. Artisan, Lewes

Dementia Diaries is presented to great acclaim in a sell-out performance at Artisan, the elegant Anglo-Polish restaurant in Lewes. www.artisancafe.co.uk


Daughter: Nicky Blackwell

Mama: Anna Korwin

Mrs Alicja: Stamatina Papamichali

Edzio: Sam Booth

Tata: Christopher Ettridge

More about Dementia Diaries

Free Speech, June 2009

25 - 27 June, 2009. Lewes and Peacehaven

In partnership with Festival of Words and East Sussex Arts Partnership, Lewes Live Lit presented Free Speech: a major words festival for (and starring) young people in Lewes District and East Sussex. The project involved highly successful artist and writer residencies in a number of East Sussex schools culminating in three days of events: two of them involving outcomes from the educational work, in Peacehaven and Lewes, and a third day of public ticketed events at the All Saints Centre, Lewes. Highlights of the final day included Louise Rennison, Queen of Teen, interviewed by local teenagers and LLL's first work-in-progress performance of John Agard's The Young Inferno.

Free Speech was produced by LLL in collaboration with the Festival of Words consortium

Anglo-Polish Season

11 - 26 April 2009. Eastbourne Festival

Polska by the Sea

LLL presented an installation of large photographic portraits by award-winning photographer Lisa Barnard celebrating Eastbourne's Polish community. Located prominently in Eastbourne train station the portraits were accompanied by a collection of 24 postcards featuring intriguing images of domestic ephemera alongside interview text by LLL's Artistic Director, Mark Hewitt. A boxed set of these postcards is now available through this site.

www.polskieeastbourne.org.uk / www.lisabarnard.co.uk

Dementia Diaries  / (Dziennik Demencji)

New literary theatre. A sell-out run of rehearsed readings of Maria Jastrzebska's Anglo-Polish literary drama, Dementia Diaries, at the tiny Little Pollka Café in Eastbourne.

Magdalena Reising and The Blue Café Jazz Band

A cabaret performance by Magdalena Reising (born in Glasgow of Polish parents, now resident in Sussex) at The Lamb in Eastbourne Old Town. www.magdalenareising.com

Check out the postcards

Lewes Live Literature Festival

2001 - 2007. For six years, a highly successful run of intensive three day Autumn (and sometimes Spring or Summer) festivals presenting an eclectic mix of spoken word, performance, music, film and art. (See documentation in gallery.)

The early years

1995 - 2000

Regular seasons of events between 1995 - 2000 established LLL's reputation as an exciting literature organisation with a distinctive cross-artform approach to presenting the written and spoken word. (Key programmes from this period are documented in the gallery below.)