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You said ...

  • Was just so impressed with the inaugural Faversham Literary Festival. Not easy to make a festival this smoothly run, well-attended, and bursting with ideas. Will be there next year. Also – what a lovely town!
    – Alex Preston, writer and journalist
  • Brilliant atmosphere at the jam-packed Faversham Literary Festival.
    — Margate Bookie
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Our inaugural festival in 2018 was a great success with a line-up including Man Booker-shortlisted author Deborah Levy, journalist Martin Bell, psychogeographer Iain Sinclair and performance poet John Hegley. We featured over thirty events with writers from Kent and further afield, as well as writing workshops, poetry events, and more.

We hope you will join us again in February 2019. We have another exciting programme of events and activities planned for book lovers of all ages and persuasions, featuring author talks, discussions, creative workshops and spoken word events. Keep watching this space for more announcements.


Festival timetable – 2019


Thursday 21 February, The Brewery Store

7–10pm        Will Self (Doors open 7pm; hot buffet dinner 7.30pm; event 8.15–9.15pm)


Friday 22 February, Assembly Rooms

7–8.15pm       Claire Fuller and Diana Evans, with Nicolette Jones


Friday 22 February, The Limes

8.30–10.30pm       Bookie Slam at Faversham Literary Festival – with feature poet Salena Godden


Saturday 23 February, Alexander Centre, Main Hall

11am–12noon      Tim Dee, with Peter Fiennes

12.30–1.30pm      Jenni Murray

2–3pm                  Iain Sinclair

3.30–4.30pm       Diane Setterfield

5–6pm                 Viv Albertine

7–8pm                 Jo Brand


Saturday 23 February, Assembly Rooms

12.30–1.30pm      Nasrin Parvaz and Lucy Popescu

2–3pm                  Chetna Makan

3.30–4.30pm        Eliane Glaser and Charles Umney

5–6pm                  Pat Reid

7–8pm                  Christine Rayner, Mary Kemp and Carol Godsmark


Saturday 23 February, The Limes

11am–12noon     Anne Patterson

12.30–1.30pm      Eley Williams, with Lee Rourke

2–3pm                  John McGhie, with Julie Wassmer

3.30–4.30pm       Johnny Homer

5–6pm                 William Shaw, Vicky Newham and AK Benedict

7–8pm                 David John Griffin and Mark Stay
8.30–10pm.         Poetry and Open Mic

Saturday 23 February, Alexander Centre, Room 2 – Young Adult

11am–12noon      Lucy Strange and Emily Critchley

12.30–1.30pm      Ben Parker and Mark Bowsher

2–3pm                 Young Adult Workshop: Writing Comics

3.30–4.30pm       Young Adult Workshop: Dr Who

5–6pm                 Young Adult Workshop: Flash Fiction


Saturday 23 February, Guildhall – Children's events

10–10.45am      Claire Burgess

11–11.45am      Priscilla Lamont

12–12.45pm      Julia Woolf

1–1.45pm          Stella Fry and Hazel McIntosh

2–2.45pm          Cath Jones

3–3.45pm          Amanda Wills and Jane Ayres
4–5pm               Justin Coe
5pm                   Prizegiving – Children's Short Story Competition


Sunday 24 February, Assembly Rooms

11am–12noon      Hugh Warwick

12.30–1.30pm      Kassia St Clair and Sonia Velton

2–3pm                  Melissa Harrison

3.30–4.30pm       Tessa Boase

5–6pm                 Horatio Clare

7–8pm                Lionel Shriver



Sunday 24 February, The Limes

11am–12noon      Katherine May and Tanya Shadrick

12.30–1.30pm     Andy Miller and Alex Preston: What makes a classic book?

2–3pm                 The Cultured Llama Hour

3.30–4.30pm       Jim Ring

5–6pm                 Mefo Phillips



Run-up events – 2019

Saturday 16 February, Guildhall
5.30–7pm          The Inklings Writers' Group – readings from recent work by the Faversham-based writers
7.30–10.30pm   Confluence Poets and Storytellers, with Angela Dye

Writing workshops – 2019


Saturday 16 February, Guildhall

10–11.30am        The Sensual World – Stepping Into the Page, with Rose McGinty

12.30–2pm         Writing for Wellbeing, with Francesca Baker

3–4.30pm           The End – Hurrah! – An Editing Masterclass, with Sue Bassett and Peggy Riley, Kent Festival of Writing


Sunday 17 February, Guildhall

10–11.30am        Living Memoir, with Marnie Summerfield-Smith

12.30–2pm         How to Research, Write and Publish Books and Articles on Local History, Customs and Characters (Talk/Workshop), with Chris McCooey

3–4.30pm           Poetry workshop using Dadaist techniques, with Chris Rutter and Evelyn Bennett



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 five of the town's historic venues: the Guildhall on Market Place, the Old Brewery Store within Shepherd Neame Brewery, and the Alexander Centre, 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 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:


We would also like to thank Harbour Books of Whitstable, Top Hat & Tales, Faversham and The Limes, Faversham for their kind help and support.

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Festival Directors: Amanda Dackombe and Louise Frith

Amanda Dackombe has a PhD in English Literature from University of London and works as a freelance editor, with many years' experience working on fiction, non-fiction and academic titles for publishing houses and individuals. She moved to Faversham from London in 2016 and works from home. She has taught English literature at University of London and Univ. of Westminster and as visiting lecturer at Univ. of Southampton.

Louise Frith grew up in Kent. Having spent 10 years away studying and travelling, she returned to Faversham in 2001 to bring up her family. She now works at the University of Kent as an Academic Skills Tutor. Louise has written articles and presented conference papers on academic literacy. She has written two text books, 'Professional Writing for Social Workers' and 'The Students' Guide to Peer Mentoring'. 

Artwork & design

Hugh Ribbans was born in Faversham and trained at Canterbury College of Art. After a career in London spent working as a graphic designer he has returned to Kent to spend time printmaking on his old Columbian press (circa 1860). He produces linocuts and woodcuts. His subject matter can be images of animals and birds or people and places seen when travelling. He has been described as having an obsession with line and he looks for patterns in the cutting whilst still producing representational images. He still keeps his hand in working on graphic projects – particularly when it overlaps with the linocut printing. He has exhibited at the Barbican Gallery, the National Theatre, the National Print Exhibition, the Printmakers Council Open, The Society of Wood Engravers, the Society of Wildlife Artists, the Fry Gallery and the Affordable Artfair.

Website: Amanda Dackombe

Tech: Mark Scott


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Amanda Russell studied English Literature & Media at the University of Sussex and Photography at the City of Westminster College, London. She has worked in book publishing as a freelance picture researcher and photographer for more than 18 years.

Website: Twitter @AmandaPictures

Instagram @amandarussellpictures


Children's Events Manager: Stella Fry


Stella lives in Faversham and works as an LSA, Art & Design Coordinator and Tutor in Whitstable. Her first picture book, Grandpa’s Garden, has sold 23,000 copies. An enthusiastic teller of tales, Away With Words is her story-telling enterprise intended to nourish children’s delight in words.