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2018 Festival Programme

Sebastian Faulks

Paris Echo 21 September, 7:30pm

Faulks' latest novel, Paris Echo, is a haunting and spell-binding story of a search for people who are lost and almost forgotten, in a city whose every building holds the echoes of an unacknowledged past...

Vanessa Nicolson

The Truth Game 22 September, 2:30pm

We are joined at the always delicious homemade tea by Vanessa Nicolson, the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson...

Tessa Dunlop

The Century Girls 25 September, 7:30pm

We are pleased to welcome Tessa Dunlop, historian, broadcaster and writer, and known to many as a presenter on the BBC series Coast...

Patrick Barkham

Islander 26 September, 7:30pm

Patrick Barkham, author of The Butterfly Isles, has written a wonderfully enticing book about what is it like to be an islander and what draws people to live there...

Patrick Gale

Take Nothing With You 27 September, 7:30pm

We welcome back to the festival one of the country’s best loved novelists...

Gina Miller

Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall and Leading the Way 28 September, 7:30pm

Bloomberg described Gina Miller as an ‘Establishment Wrecking Ball’ but her drive for transparency, scrutiny and integrity is about reform...

Sevenoaks Young Readers Festival Day

29 September,

A range of sparkling events includes talks by Cressida Cowell, Emma Carroll, Axel Scheffler and Emma Fischel...

Nell Stevens

Mrs Gaskell & Me 2 October, 12:30pm

Our guest speaker at this year’s literary lunch will be Nell Stevens...

Jane Glover

Handel in London: The Making of a Genius 3 October, 7:30pm

Professor Jane Glover is one of Britain’s most acclaimed conductors and music scholars...

Piers Torday

3 October, 10:00am

An exciting new book The Lost Magician, set in 1945 and featuring four children who step through a mysterious library door into another world, will appear in time for Piers' visit to Sevenoaks Primary School...

Virginia Astley

The English River 4 October, 2:00pm

On National Poetry Day, Virginia Astley will be celebrating the English river in poetry, photographs and music...

Luke Harding

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win The White House 5 October, 7:30pm

Luke Harding has written an extraordinary exposé of the assault on democracy by the Russian state and the ascent of Donald Trump to the White House...