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.
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
Saturday 24 February, The Limes
12.30–1.30 Peter Fiennes
6.30–7.30 Gary Budden and Justin Hopper
Saturday 24 February, Guildhall
10–11 Stella Fry
11–12 noon Julia Woolf & Lou Kuenzler
12–1 Cath Jones
1–2 Briony Dixon
2–3 Justin Coe
3–3.30 Prizegiving – Children's U11 Short Story Competition
Prizegiving – Children's U18 Short Story Competition
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
Sunday 25 February, The Limes
11–12 Emma Slade
12.30–1.30 Amy Licence
3.30–4.30 Peter Barton
5–6 Justin Croft
Regular community Bookshare events at The Yard, Preston Street. Bring a book, talk about it, pick up a new one! Share books, recommendations and booky banter!
Saturday 17 February, Guildhall
Sunday 18 February, Guildhall12 noon–1pm Sarah Pullen, author of A Mighty Boy, in conversation 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 Iain Banks, and is thought to have provided inspiration to Charles Dickens. Thomas Arden, former mayor of Faversham, was portrayed in Arden of Faversham, the first English domestic drama and attributed by some scholars to Shakespeare in part. The literary festival, we hope, will bring more such literary connections and intrigues to Faversham.
Check out favershamlife.org 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.
Faversham Literary Festival is kindly sponsored by: