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Weekdays 10am to 5pm

Saturday 10am to 5:30pm

Sunday 11am to 5pm

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What is Prospero's Project?

Part social club, part bookshop, part crafter's retreat, and part writer's haven – with a dollop of art gallery and a bit of this and that mixed in, too . . . Prospero's Project is where we celebrate and share our appreciation for the ecosystem of books, from the writer's imagination to the reader's eye.

Collectors may enjoy browsing our antiquarian selection, by appointment: Call on 01323 871444, or e-mail us by clicking here.

Prosperos Project is also the name we've given our social enterprise. Learn more about it by clicking here.


Much Ado Books Readers Club

How can you enjoy great discounts at Much Ado, and lots of other benefits? By joining our new Readers Club - learn more here . . .




Sunday, 28 April - 2 to 5pm

Pattern Design Workshop

Join local pattern makers Alice Garner & Sarah Burns from the Steyning Imprint, to explore the world of pattern making, creating and printing your very own bespoke design to take away.

The afternoon will include a short guided walk around Alfriston's environs, for inspiration. Then you'll join Alice and Sarah in exploring various printing techniques, from lino cuts to using found objects. Finally - after some tea and cake! - you'll print your own design to take hom.

Price: £40. Tickets are only available through Steyning Imprint's Etsy site - click here.

3-4 May - The Abuela Project records plant lore in danger of being lost.

We're inviting elders with memories of plants and gardens to take part - read more by clicking here

4-6 May: Pop-up Selling Exhibit featuring Artist Denise Hoyle








Sunday 5 May: Berwick Church celebrates a new artistic commission

The extraordinary murals created by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell at Berwick Church offer both spiritual solace and aesthetic pleasures.

How wonderful, with this heritage, that the church has commissioned artist Julian Bell, Vanessa Bell's grandson, to produce a new painting for the reredos.

The church is holding a special celebration of the new commission on Sunday 5 May, from 4pm. Julian will be discussing the work with Rector Peter Blee, offering an extraordinary glimpse of the artistic process.

Tickets (including refreshments) cost £12. Proceeds will benefit the trust set up to support conservation of the Bloomsbury Group paintings at the church, along with capital works. Learn more and secure your place at the event on the Berwick Church website, by clicking here.

Thursday 9 May: Introducing Refugee Tales

Alex Preston will be reading from his contribution to the 2019 volume of writings. And he will be discussing upcoming plans, which include a stop in Alfriston by more than 100 walkers. Learn more by clicking here.




Sunday 12 May: Mindfulness Drawing in the Garden at Much Ado

Join Cecile Garcia for a workshop focussing on drawing as a route to mindfulness, exploring simple exercises that turn drawing into a joyful meditative process.

Mindfulness drawing brings attention to the present moment in time by focusing on what you are drawing and making marks in a freeing way that brings a sense of peace and enjoyment to your day.

We will look at how mindful drawing can lead you into a deeper connection with yourself, and the world around you. We will encounter the gardens of Much Ado Books with paper and pens, taking time to use all of your senses to slow down, breath, observe and record the environment. 

Mindful drawing is for everyone, no prior drawing experience required.

11am to 1pm. £30. All materials provided. Tickets available from Cecile Garcia; click here to learn more

Win Tickets to See Alan Bennett at the Charleston Festival!

The show on 18 May is sold out, but you could win tickets in our prize draw - click here to learn how . . .









Sunday 9 June: An Afternoon Celebration in Words and Music

Join the celebration marking the award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing the Church of St Michael, in Berwick,  to undertake an ambition project to conserve paintings and stablise the environment, protecting the artwork.

Tickets are free, but should be reserved in advance by clicking here.


Events and Workshops

From bookbinding to felt crafts, we like to help people learn new skills, try new crafts and enjoy just plain making things.

We have learned wreath-making with Brighton experts; pondered Socrates and philosophy with a university professor; and created wonderful collages with artist Jane Robbins

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