Faversham Literary Festival 2020

Tickets will be available from 12 noon on Friday 6 December.

The full programme can be viewed and downloaded here.

Wednesday 19 February
7–9pm          Ned Palmer, Old Brewery Store

Thursday 20 February

5–6pm          Jack Straw, Alexander Centre

7–8pm          Will Self, Alexander Centre

Friday 21 February

7–8pm          Joan Bakewell & Maggie Gee, Alexander Centre

7.30–11pm    Poetry Slam, The Limes

Saturday 22 February

9.45–10.45am     Stephen Gillatt, Physic Garden

11–12noon         Michael Rosen, Alexander Centre

11–12noon        Joe Dunthorne, Max Sydney Smith & Xanthi Barker, Arden

11–12noon        John Gregory-Smith, Neame Visitor Centre

12.30–1.30pm    Lemn Sissay, Alexander Centre

12.30–1.30pm    Clare Pollard, Arden

12.30–1.30pm    Gareth E. Reese, Neame Visitor Centre

2–3pm               Jenny Eclair, Alexander Centre

2–3pm               Christy Lefteri & David Herd, Arden

2–3pm               William Shaw & Maggie Gee, Neame Visitor Centre

3.30–4.30pm      Naomi Wood & Elizabeth Macneal, Alexander Centre

3.30–4.30pm       Ken Livingstone, Arden

3.30–4.30pm       Lee Rourke & Will Wiles, Neame Visitor Centre

5–6pm                Stephen Morris, Alexander Centre

5–6pm                Alia Trabucco Zerán & Sema Kaygusuz, Arden

5–6pm                Writing Women's Lives, Neame Visitor Centre

6.30–7pm           Tracey Thorn, Alexander Centre

6.30–7pm            Hamid Ismailov, Arden

6.30–7pm            Peter Williams, Neame Visitor Centre

8–9pm                Jane Wenham-Jones, Arden

Saturday 22 February

11am–11pm         Poetry Hub, The Limes

12.30–7.30pm      YA workshops & author talks, Alexander Centre

12.30–3.15pm      Children's events, Guildhall

Sunday 23 February

11am–12noon      Tim DeeAlexander Centre

11am–12noon      Alex Preston, Sara Collins & Sarah ChurchwellArden

12.30–1.30pm      Melvyn BraggAlexander Centre

12.30–1.30pm      Jon HendersonArden

12.30–1.30pm      Lara Maiklem, Neame Visitor Centre

2–3pm                Peter Fiennes & Sara Wheeler, Alexander Centre

2–3pm                Sarah Churchwell, Arden

2–3pm                Katherine May, Neame Visitor Centre

3.30–4.30pm       Sara Collins, Alexander Centre

3.30–4.30pm       Daniel Rachel, Arden

3.30–4.30pm       Caroline Greville, Neame Visitor Centre

5–6pm                Gavin Esler, Alexander Centre

5–6pm                Caroline Crampton, Arden

5–6pm                Julie Wassmer, Neame Visitor Centre

6.30–7.30pm       Sarah Perry, Alexander Centre

 

Our second festival, held in February 2019, was a great success. We hope you will join us again in February 2020 for another exciting programme of events and activities for book lovers of all ages and persuasions, featuring author talks, discussions, creative workshops and spoken word events.

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 takes place annually in February in various of the town's historic venues, including the Guildhall , the Old Brewery Store within the Shepherd Neame Brewery, and the Alexander Centre.

Faversham has strong literary connections, past and present. The town has more than forty book-reading groups, various writing groups, book exchanges and a busy public library. 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. We also host events for children, writing workshops and short story competitions.

Treasure-trove bookshops are to be found in Faversham. Our independent bookshop, Top Hat & Tales, has enticing displays of books recently published, classics, interesting titles you may not have come across before, local authors and, of course, hats! Top Hat & Tales is the festival bookseller and a wonderful shop – not to be missed if you are planning a visit to Faversham! For secondhand books, The Fleur Bookshop and Past Sentence have great selections; the Alexander Centre also hosts a book fair on various weekends throughout the year.

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.

The town has many independent shops, cafes and restaurants, traditional pubs offering fine dining and live music venues. It is home to Shepherd Neame, 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 Festival.

Faversham Literary Festival is kindly sponsored by:

               

The festival would like to thank Top Hat & Tales and The Limes, Faversham for their kind help and support.