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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...

Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic 29 September, 10:00am

Meet multi-million-copy selling, award-winning author Cressida Cowell, creator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series...

Down the Rabbit Hole: Emma Carroll, Hilary McKay and Katherine Woodfine

29 September, 12:00pm

Set off on a thrilling journey with three top children’s authors. Emma, Hilary and Katherine will be talking about how they take inspiration from history to write exciting adventures for young readers...

Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo and so much more! 29 September, 3:00pm

Join the amazing Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, for live drawing and storytelling from some of the UK’s best loved picture books...

Emma Fischel

Walls 29 September, 1:30pm

Ready, steady, write! Find out fun ways to spark off story ideas. Learn top tips for creating character and plot. And peek inside a writer’s toolbox to discover the essential tools for story telling...

Young Readers Festival Day: Free Storytimes!

Young Readers Festival Day 29 September,

A packed programme of absolutely FREE events...

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...