A time and place, building stories out of the past

Wednesday 23 September 2020


The Talk

A fascinating talk about taking inspiration from the past in the writing of new plays, including several that have been performed at the Weald and Downland Museum. Poisoned Beds grew out of the death of the Emsworth oyster industry, in parallel with the emancipation of female voters and World War I.  The Exchange put a murder mystery centre stage, when the Chichester corn market was being made over as a cinema.  The Highwayman, inspired by the Alfred Noyes’ ballad, presented banditry, press gangs and rural poverty in the late 18th century. The Hawkhurst Gang presented a truly local story – the 1749 trial in Priory Park of the most notorious of all smuggler groups.

The Speaker

Greg Mosse, a ‘writer and encourager of writers’, has a Drama & English degree from Goldsmiths College and is a qualified interpreter and translator. He helped his wife, Kate Mosse, to develop the innovative website mosselabyrinth.co.uk – an entirely new way of building an online community. He founded the Southbank Centre Creative Writing School and wrote and validated his own MA Creative Writing that he taught for four years for the University of Sussex at West Dean College. He has delivered writing workshops for Guardian Masterclasses, Edinburgh Book Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Chichester Festival Theatre and many others. He is founder and leader of the Criterion New Writing script development programme.

Participant information

Talks start at 6.30pm and last for about one to one and a half hours.  Tea, coffee and cake will be available between 6pm and 6.30pm.  If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

Please note that three different locations may be used for the evening talks, so please follow signs on arrival.  We have accessible locations for the talks; please let us know on booking if level access is useful.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person; £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers. Online booking via www.wealddown.co.uk/courses.   Book five places and get the sixth place free.

You may be asked for proof of status before being admitted so please bring your Membership card or Volunteer’s badge with you.


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