What a busy buzzy happy year we had this year. From a rich range of authors we learnt about the nuances of the lives of heroes from Otto English, Jane Glover took us on the travels of Mozart in Italy, we found out about the life of crime authors both fact and fiction in our sponsor’s beautiful venue Wildernesse House, with Kate Morgan and Sam Holland.
In the second week we opened with the ever fascinating Tracy Borman telling us about the moving story of Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I, another moving and enlightening evening was had with Blake Morrison, then Anna Murphy delighted us with her advice on living fabulously.
Saturday was a busy day with Mike Brearley talking to Ed Smith about his life as England’s Cricket Captain and his career as a psychoanalyst, at the same time Justine Picardie was revealing the fascinating life of Cocco Chanel and to round off the day we enjoyed Daniel Rachel’s imagining of the last great album of the Beatles that never was.
Sunday bought us insights from Madeleine Bunting about the British seaside and a tour de force from the editor-in-chief of Virago, Lennie Goodings and one of their authors Linda Grant talking about the history of this wonderful publishing house, followed by a delicious tea at Wilderness House.
We ended with a sell out evening with Clive Myrie discussing his new biography and his fascinating life, hosted by Sevenoaks School.
After the main festival we had our always enjoyable schools’ event, where Piers Torbay held the children of Sevenoaks entranced.