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    – W. B. Yeats
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    — Dorothy Parker
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It's our inaugural year and we hope you will join us at some of the events and activities planned. A varied programme is on offer for book lovers of all ages and persuasions, featuring author talks, discussions, creative workshops and spoken word events.


Festival timetable


Friday 23 February, Assembly Rooms

6.45–7.45        Anouchka Grose

8–9                  Deborah Levy


Saturday 24 February, Assembly Rooms

10.45–11.45    Classical concert

12.30–1.30      Fiona Melrose

2–3                  Martin Bell

3.30–4.30        Gulwali Passarlay

5–6.15             Iain Sinclair

7–8                  Jane Harris

8.30–10.15     John Hegley, with support Daryl Haines


Saturday 24 February, The Limes

11–12.30         Maggie Butt, Nancy Charley, Fiona Sinclair; Poetry Open Mic

12.30–1.30      Peter Fiennes

2–3                  Andrea Bennett & Rose McGinty

3.30–4.30        Lisa Cutts, William Shaw & Simon Booker

5–6                  Alex Preston

6.30–7.30        Gary Budden


Saturday 24 February, Guildhall

10–11              Stella Fry

11–12 noon     Julia Woolf & Lou Kuenzler

12.30–1.30      Cath Jones

2–3                  Justin Coe


Sunday 25 February, Assembly Rooms

11–12              Chetna Makan

12.30–1.30      Carol Donaldson

2–3                  Roopa Farooki

3.30–4.30        Julie Wassmer

5–6                  Watch this space!


Sunday 25 February, The Limes

11–12              Emma Slade

12.30–1.30      Amy Licence

2–3                 Tim Strangleman, Lee Rourke and Yvonne Singh

3.30–4.30        Peter Barton

5–6                  Justin Croft


Run-up events

Sunday 18 February, Guildhall
12 noon–1pm     Sarah Pullen
Thursday 22 February, Assembly Rooms
7.30–8.45pm       The Skate Boys of Faversham Town

Writing workshops


Saturday 17 February, Guildhall

10–11am          Flesh on bones: how to create characters who live and breathe on the page. With Peggy Riley
11.30–1.30       Say what? A comprehensive workshop on dialogue for prose and drama: what is it for and how does it work? With Peggy Riley
2–4pm              So you want to write a picture book... adult workshop on writing for children. With Cath Jones

Sunday 18 February, Guildhall

12 noon–1pm    Sarah Pullen, author of A Mighty Boy, in conversation with Marnie Summerfield Smith
1.30–3.30pm     Memoir-writing workshop with Marnie Summerfield Smith


One of England's historic gems, Faversham is a picturesque market town dating back to pre-Roman times and a lovely place to visit. On the north coast of Kent, bordered by coastal nature reserves and the Kent Downs, we're one hour from London St Pancras, with close connections to Ashford International and Canterbury. The festival will take place in three of the town's historic venues: the Guildhall on Market Place, and the Assembly Rooms and The Limes on Preston Street.

Faversham has strong literary connections, past and present. The town has more than forty book-reading groups, various writing groups, book exchanges, a 'literary cafe' that hosts book readings and events, a busy public library and two well-stocked second-hand bookshops. The festival will offer a platform for all of these interested groups and individuals to meet and exchange ideas, listen to well-known authors discussing their books and the craft of writing, and provide opportunities for local writers and illustrators to showcase their work alongside published authors from further afield. There are also events for children, writing workshops and short story competitions.

Faversham has been home to famous writers in the past, including Thomas Arden and Iain Banks. It is thought to have provided inspiration to Charles Dickens; and Jane Austen is said to have danced the night away in the Assembly Rooms on Preston Street, the main venue for the festival. The literary festival will bring more such memories to Faversham, we hope, for future residents and visitors to look back on.



Check out to meet some of Faversham's diverse characters. The town has many independent shops, cafes and restaurants, traditional pubs offering fine dining and live music venues. It is home to the UK's oldest brewery, the UK's national fruit collection at Brogdale, and various other festivals are hosted here throughout the year, including a spring Hat Festival, a Nautical Festival and the summer Hop Fest.

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Festival co-directors:

Amanda Dackombe

Louise Frith

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Festival venues

Events will be taking place at various venues around the town:

  • Faversham Assembly Rooms: 66 Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8PG
  • Upstairs, The Limes: 59 Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8PG
  • The Guildhall: Market Place, Faversham ME13 7AG