Impact of the First World War explored in talk

FIRST World War commemorations continue with a talk at Shoreham Library.

Drawing on the extensive archives of the County Record Office and the County Library, archivist Alan Readman will describe the impact of the war on the home front, along with the overseas battles of the Royal Sussex Regiment.

He will shed light on life in the trenches of the Western Front and reflect on diaries and letters from soldiers on the frontline.

Some of the works of prose and poetry associated with the regiment will also be reviewed as part of the event.

Lionel Barnard, county cabinet member, said: “As a county, we need to remember the great sacrifice that was made, both in battle overseas and also on the home front during the conflict.

“The Great War brought about huge social changes which have had a lasting impact on our local communities.”

The talk is the first event on the Shoreham WordFest programme, which this year has the theme Invisible Threads.

Mr Barnard said: “This year’s programme breaks new ground with a number of events that should keep everybody interested and is also a great opportunity for upcoming novelists to get first-hand advice on how to publish their work.

“Since launching in 2011, Shoreham Wordfest has continued to expand and there will be a variety of writers, plus workshops, walks and much more to keep visitors entertained.”

Tickets for Alan Readman’s talk, at Shoreham Library at 7pm on Friday, September 19, are £3, from the venue.

For information on other events during WordFest, which runs until October 12, visit