The Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction

The heart of this project is a focus on the fantastic imagination as a creative force both in literature and culture.

The Centre provides a forum where writers, scholars, performers, artists and aficionados can explore world folk narratives, fairy tales, fantasy and speculative fiction in various forms including print, film, and the visual and performing arts.

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Postgraduate research projects

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Gramarye, the Centre's journal, publishes academic articles, creative writing, book reviews and contemporary art.

Gramarye issue 21 is now available to pre-order from our online store.

The printed edition of Gramarye is only available to pre-ordering customers and subscribers. To guarantee your printed copy of future issues, please subscribe.

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Gramarye readers are entitled to 20% off Scrivener software, the project management tool for writers. Just visit their website and enter the coupon code ‘SUSSEXCENTRE’.


Current events and Call for Papers


The Robot at 100: Culture, society, politics, and the future

Symposium: Saturday 18 June 2022

This international, interdisciplinary conference marks the centenary of the first staging in English of Karel Čapek’s seminal play R.U.R. Čapek’s play saw the first appearance of the term robot, which comes from the Czech word robota meaning ‘forced labour’, which has its roots in the Proto-Slavic word for 'slave'.

The Folklore Map

Explore folklore in Sussex

Download a free interactive map (pdf) of folklore in Sussex and the South Downs, created by The Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction in collaboration with the South Downs National Park. The map is based on Jacqueline Simpson’s ‘Folklore of Sussex‘ and illustrated by Abi Daker.

Please download the maps and open in Acrobat to ensure the document works properly on your machine.

Folklore map 1 (A3 printable/searchable version): Zoom in and click on the map icons to be taken to the relevant stories, or click on stories to be taken to their place on the map.

Folklore map 2 (Pop-up text version): Zoom in and click on the map icons to see pop-up stories.

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This list is used to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion of fairy tales, fantasy fiction and speculative fiction. Contributions may include:

  • News about conference, events and relevant publications
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  • Research enquiries
  • Other announcements

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