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2016 Festival Programme

Last year's festival included...

The Milton Consort

A Shakespeare Celebration 23 September, 7:30pm

The Milton Consort makes a very welcome return to Sevenoaks to mark the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death...

Sarah Gristwood

The Real Mrs Tiggy-Winkle: The Story of Beatrix Potter 24 September, 2:30pm

Our guest speaker at this year’s literary tea is Sarah Gristwood, best selling biographer, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Patron of Historic Royal Palaces...

Anne Sebba

Les Parisiennes 27 September, 7:30pm

Anne Sebba’s new book Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s is a fascinating account of Paris during the German occupation and after the liberation...

Michael Smith

Ernest Shackleton – The Man and the Myths 28 September, 7:30pm

Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer is the first major biography of the great Polar explorer who became a legend on four epic voyages of discovery to the Antarctic a century ago...

Edward Wilson-Lee

Shakespeare in Swahililand 29 September, 7:30pm

Edward Wilson-Lee is a Cambridge academic and Shakespeare expert who has used his upbringing in East Africa to act as a guide to how Shakespeare’s works spread across the region in surprising ways through the 19th and 20th centuries...

Janet Todd

A Man Of Genius 30 September, 7:30pm

Professor Janet Todd has had a lifelong passion for women writers. She is an expert on writers of the Regency period including Jane Austen, so it is fitting that her sparkling first novel is set in 1819...

William Grill

The Wolves of Currumpaw 3 October, 10:00am

William Grill is a brilliant young illustrator who is the youngest winner of the Kate Greenaway medal for 50 years...

Juliet Nicolson

A House Full of Daughters 3 October, 7:30pm

Juliet Nicolson returns to the literary festival to tell the troubling story of the women in her family, from Pepita the Spanish dancer to Vita Sackville-West and her own mother Philippa...

Sophie Hannah

Closed Casket – Agatha, Poirot and Me 4 October, 12:30pm

Sophie is an acclaimed writer of psychological crime fiction who won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award in 2013 and whose novels have been adapted for ITV...

S D Sykes

The Butcher Bird and the Somershill Mysteries 5 October, 7:30pm

S D Sykes has been described as the medieval C.J. Sansom, and her Somershill Mysteries are gripping historical crime novels with a great sense of period...

Lemn Sissay

An Evening with... 6 October, 7:30pm

It takes an exceptional person to begin a publishing career at the age of 17 after years of living in a care home but Lemn Sissay is that exception...

A Room With A View

With John Pym 7 October, 7:00pm

Film critic, former editor of Time Out Film Guide and author of Merchant Ivory’s English Landscape, John Pym will introduce a showing of the film...