An Evening with Martina Cole

Weds 11 November 2015: Brighton Dome Studio

PENNED UP satellite event in association with New Writing South. Bestselling crime writer Martina Cole was in conversation with LLL's David Kendall talking about her writing and about the stories that inspire her. In Brighton she gave us glimpses of her latest hard-hitting crime drama, Get Even, with excerpts from the book read by actors Jonathan Cullen and Kathryn McGarr

Martina’s novels are recognized as a different type of crime novel. “I write from the criminal’s point of view. And I show what happens to their families.”

Maggie Sawkins & David Swann - Penned Up

Tues 10 November 2015 - Elephant & Castle, Lewes

PENNED UP satellite event with poets Maggie Sawkins and David Swann (pictured, right), giving readings and talking about their work at Lewes Prison as part of the festival, as well as the broader issues of working with marginalised individuals. 


Mon 2nd November - Thurs 12th November 2015: HMP Lewes

PENNED UP was a unique two week literature festival staged within the walls of HMP Lewes. The programme included creative writing and graphic novel workshops, participative projects, author events and performances. Visiting artists included crime writers Martina Cole and Dreda Say Mitchell, spoken word artists Scroobius Pip, writers Noel "Razor" Smith and Roman Krznaric, plus a  performance of Maggie Sawkins' award-winning live literature production, Zones of Avoidance.

Accompanying satellite events took place in Lewes and Brighton featuring artists involved in the festival. 

Roll Over Atlantic

Sat 10 October 2015 - Chiddingly Village Hall

Village hall preview of one man show by John Agard satirising the life and times of Christopher Columbus. One of two previews to be hosted by LLL. Directed by Mark C. Hewitt with music by Thomas Arnold.

This is always the result

Tues 15 September 2015 - All Saints Centre, Lewes

Preview performance of a new work written and performed by Gus Watcham and directed by Mark Hewitt, with film sequence by Lewes video artist, Abigail Norris. The production, which features two stories of women encountering forces beyond their control, was developed initially through LLL's 'Making Innovative Live Literature' course, hosted by New Writing South.

Merlin & Polina Shepherd

Sat 25 July 2015. All Saints Centre Lewes

As part of LLL's Cabaret Sessions, a duo performance by internationally renowned singer / pianist Polina Shepherd and clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, both virtuosi in their own right. Effervescent Jewish/Klezmer and Russian music. 

Dora vs Picasso

Fri 24 July 2015. All Saints Centre Lewes

Repeat performance of the multimedia production written by Lewes poet Grace Nichols with Sybille Bernardin as Dora and Michael D'Cruze as Picasso. Live flamenco music and dance by Amor Flamenco.

El Mago de la Guitarra

Sun 15 March 2015. Elephant & Castle, Lewes

Concert guitarist Richard Durrant & expert Carlos Salcedo Centurion presented an entertaining lecture-recital about the eccentric and neglected Paraguayan composer for the guitar, Agustin Barrios Mangoré.

Magical Realism Day School

Sat 14 Feb 2015: LLL studio space

One day workshop by Catherine Smith for writers working in any discipline. 

Dora vs Picasso

Tues 3 Feb 2015. All Saints Centre Lewes

Preview of a multimedia production about photographer / painter Dora Maar and her intense relationship during the 1930s with Pablo Picasso. Written by Lewes poet Grace Nichols and directed by Mark C. Hewitt with Sibylle Bernardin as Dora and Michael D'Cruze as Picasso. The production features projected images and live flamenco music and dance by Amor Flamenco.

Cabaret Sessions 2014 - Pam Hewitt & Anna Tabor

Sat 22 November 2014. All Saints Centre, Lewes

A new set by Pam Hewitt (voice) and Anna Tabor (piano) featuring playful treatments of jazz, blues and classic cabaret. Some of the great twentieth century lyrics with the flavours and textures of the original languages, or as translations with a twist.

Cabaret Sessions 2014 - Baron Samedi & Maman Brigitte

Sat 22 November. All Saints Centre, Lewes

Crosspath Theatre's script-in-hand performance of a new cabaret play by poet John Agard, with the poet himself playing the role of Baron Samedi and Leann O'Kasi as Maman Brigitte. A bawdy meditation on the afterlife, steeped in Caribbean folklore and tradition. 

The New Cockaigne

Friday 14 November, 2014. The Lewes Arms (upstairs)

Two previews in one night of a new pub poetry production written by Lewes poet Catherine Smith. A rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess. Performed by Andy Sykes and Laura Freeman. With live music by Sam Walker.


Sat 15 November: Other Worlds

Accompanying writers' workshop led by Catherine Smith exploring the possibilities - for writers working in any form - of creating parallel realities. 

Zones of Avoidance

29 October 2014. All Saints Centre, Lewes

First performance in Sussex of multimedia live literature production Zones of Avoidance, winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Written and performed by Maggie Sawkins, directed by Mark C. Hewitt (of LLL) with video sequences by Abigail Norris

The Bees, Honey & Housekeeping / The Weather Wheel

Two book events at Waterstone's Lewes as part of the Autumn 2014 season.


Fri 10 October, 2014: The Bees, Honey & Housekeeping

Three Hastings-based authors discussing new books whose themes intersect. Hattie Ellis: Spoonfuls of Honey, Laline Paull: The BeesTessa Boase: The Housekeeper's Tale.

Sat 11 October, 2014: The Weather Wheel

Lewes launch of a new poetry collection by poet Mimi Khalvati, one of the UK's finest poets and a wonderful tutor who leads regular poetry workshops for LLL.

Spoonfuls of Honey

Mon 29 September 2014. The Hearth, Lewes

A tasting and talk by award-winning foodwriter Hattie Ellis - who dipped into her collection of 100 pots from around the world for a tasting and talk as part of Lewes OctoberFeast


10 September 2014. Komedia, Brighton

Performance by Iain Ballamy & Thomas Strønen's contemporary improvisation duo, Food. A collaboration with Brighton Jazz Club. The event was linked to an emerging theatre project with text by LLL's Artistic Director, Mark C. Hewitt and music by Thomas Strønen.

The Itch

A new programme of scratch evenings and work-in-progress performances supporting the development of new writing and emerging live literature production.


Weds 7 May, 2014: LLL Artist Workspace

Gus Watcham: Crush

Rebecca Hurst: Speaking in Code


Sat 26 July, 2014: The School Creative Centre, Rye - 'Made in East Sussex'

Gus Watcham: Crush

Christine Harmar-Brown: I Am Full Up

Catherine Smith: The Ballad of the New Cockaigne


Weds 20 August, 2014: LLL Artist Workspace

Kim Lasky: The Difference Engine


How To Book A Tour

Sun 23 March 2014. The Writers' Place, Brighton. 

Professional development day for writers interested in making and touring work, covering all of the essentials of tour booking. Presented by Mark Makin of makin projects. Hosted by New Writing South.

The English in Love

12 February 2014. Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea. 

An illustrated talk by Claire Langhamer, based on her book, The English in Love - the intimate story of an emotional revolution. Presented in partnership with City Books

LLL Cabaret Sessions 3 - Expiry tbc

17 September 2013. All Saints Centre, Lewes

Performance of Expiry tbc. Music written and performed by Peter Copley, text written and performed by Mark C. Hewitt, lighting design by Kristina Hjelm.

LLL Cabaret Sessions 2 - Sweeney / Smith / Agard & Pascall

13 September 2013. All Saints Centre, Lewes

Readings by Matthew Sweeney and Catherine Smith and a tryout of a new work by John Agard with musician Deirdre Pascall (keyboard).

LLL Cabaret Sessions 1 - French Set

8 September 2013. All Saints Centre, Lewes

Pam Hewitt (voice) and Anna Tabor (piano) with accordionist Eddie Jay kick off LLL's series of Cabaret Sessions with their brand of retro French cabaret songs.

Expiry tbc - Brighton Fringe

27/28 May 2013: Nightingale Theatre, Brighton Fringe Festival

First performances of a collaborative production initiated by composer Peter Copley and managed and developed by LLL Productions. Movements and improvisations for looped and solo cello written and performed by the composer with text by LLL's Artistic Director Mark Hewitt and lighting design by Kristina Hjelm.