Kent Literary Festivals ideal for booklovers

Kent Literary Festivals ideal for booklovers

4th May 2018

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

Chiddingstone Castle is an impressive backfrop to its large literary festival

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.

Read more: What to expect, from the organisers of the event.�



20 May 2018

Thronefest is Kent's very own Game of Thrones inspired event

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

Wealden Literary Festival is celebration of nature

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.

Read more: We spoke to Diana Henry, author of How to Eat a Peach, who will be at the Wealden Literary Festival.


Canterbury Shakespeare Festival

August 2018

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

Cranbrook Literature Festival has some huge names, making it one of Kent's top events for bookworms

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.


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