Kent Literary Festivals ideal for booklovers
The image of a booklover is that of an introvert, but reading doesn’t have to be a lonely past-time. As well as an abundance of book groups, fairs and regular readings, Kent hosts several literature themed festivals that offer something for every bookworm.
Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival
6 - 8 May 2018
One of the biggest dedicated literature festivals in Kent, Chiddingstone’s offering includes talks from high profile authors, lively events and readings for children and a wealth of informative seminars. Highlights this year include Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, and the bestselling novelist of Labyrinth, Kate Mosse.
20 May 2018
Kent’s dedicated Game of Thrones Festival takes over Quex Park, Birchington for one day of the year. Take a seat on the Iron Throne, watch knights battle it out in jousting contests and meet high profile members of the TV adaptation's cast, including Kristian Nairn (Hodor), this is an unmissable event for any fans of the Thrones series.
Rochester Dickens Festival
2 - 3 June 2018
Dickens is perhaps Kent’s most significant literary figure, so its’s no wonder that his home town of Rochester throws an annual celebration in his name. History tours, costume events, even a discussion of the much-loved “Muppets Christmas Carol” are included in this year’s line-up.
Wealden Literary Festival
30 June – 1 July 2018
Taking place on the beatuful Boldshaves estate near Woodchurch, the Wealden Literary Festival offers plenty for booklovers, and lovers of arts, crafts, drinks and food besides. This year’s speakers include nationally prominent authors who write across genres about natural themes. Couple this with foraging, bushcraft and art events, this is a great festival for outdoorsy readers.
Canterbury Shakespeare Festival
If there’s one place in Kent that truly brings history to life, it’s Canterbury. It is well suited, therefore, to play host to a whole month of al fresco Shakespeare performances, including both ticketed and free events. In its second year, this small festival is perfect for fans of the Bard’s legendary works.
Cranbrook Literature Festival
28-29 September 2018
For a small town, Cranbrook’s Literature Festival features some big names. Jeremy Vine, Davina McCall, Kevin Brooks and Harry Potter illustrator, Johnny Duddle, are all taking part in this event that takes over the town, with talks and workshops throughout the weekend.