TV presenter Kate Humble and footballer Pat Nevin join headline acts for literary festival

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Kate Humble is a writer, smallholder, campaigner and one of the UK’s best-known TV presenters.

She is the author of many books – Friend For Life, Humble By Nature, A Year Of Living Simply and Thinking On My Feet, which was shortlisted for both the Wainwright Prize and the Edward Stanford Travel Memoir of the Year.


“Kate will be offering an insight into her life through the lens of her new recipe book”


Kate Humble


At the Literary Festival, Kate will be offering an insight into her life through the lens of her new recipe book Home Cooked: Recipes From The Farm – a stunning collection of simple, seasonal dishes designed to help readers reinvigorate every meal, from the day-to-day to special celebratory occasions.

Pat Nevin started playing football at Celtic Boys Club and, during a career that spanned over 20 years, played for Clyde, Chelsea, Everton, Tranmere Rovers, Kilmarnock and Motherwell, as well as winning 28 caps for Scotland.

Nevin was Chair of the Professional Footballers’ Association, and since retiring as a player has worked as Chief Executive of Motherwell.


Pat Nevin


Described as ‘one of football’s greatest mavericks’, Sunday Times Bestseller Pat will beguile us at the festival with tales of his life in football, his love of culture and his passion for indie music, earning him the title ‘the first post-punk footballer’.

His memoir – The Accidental Footballer – has been hailed as ‘an absolute pleasure to read’ by The Guardian newspaper.

The pair join comedians and authors David Baddiel and Jo Brand, who will also be headliners at the inaugural festival.


Kate Humble will be appearing at the Assembly Hall Theatre on Saturday April 30 at 2.30pm, where a book signing will follow a question-and-answer session.


Pat Nevin will appear at the Assembly Hall Theatre on Monday May 2 at 7.30pm and will also sign books following a question-and-answer session.


Tickets can be bought at


  • The Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival takes place from Friday April 29 to Monday May 2, 2022

  • Kate Humble with Home Cooked: Recipes From The Farm (published in hardback by Gaia, priced £25)

  • Pat Nevin with The Accidental Footballer (published in hardback by Monoray, priced £20)

By Times book reviewer Hannah Kirsop

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