Literary Festival 2018

On 23rd-28th April 2018 we hosted our first Literary Festival  in which we had various talks, events and workshops during week long celebration of literature!  This was launched in conjunction with World Book Night.

Members of the public were invited to enter our design a book mark competition, or test their literary knowledge with this Book Quiz from Penguin

We hosted the following events over the week:

  • On Monday 23rd April we broadcast on Facebook Live a Bedtime Story with our famous neighbour Winnie-the-Pooh who lives on Ashdown Forest.
  • TALK: The History of Books with Dr Maria Kirk  – As part of our first Literary Festival we were delighted to offer this fascinating talk by Dr Maria Kirk. Maria took us on an exploration the history of books in England from the Medieval period onward.  Maria has an academic career that has allowed her to examine early texts from the medieval period onwards. For her PhD Maria worked closely on books of a 17th century play collection so her insight and knowledge of literature will provide those in attendance with a fascinating insight into the history of books and literature.
  • Tuesday 24th April – Book Club meeting  – we launched our new book club TOMBS & TOMES.   The new members met and discussed the April Book Club pick, ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ by Beth Underdown.  Read our review here. If you enjoy reading historical fiction why not come and join us here
  • Wednesday 25th April – The 3 R’s – Children’s Workshop: Reading, Reusing & Recycling.  Children joined us for a fun packed workshop exploring how they can help in the campaign to reduce plastic in our oceans.  Using childrens’ author Ellie Jackson’s wonderful story ‘Duffy’s Lucky Escape’ they created a recycled plant pot from rubbish we normally throw away.
  • Wednesday 25th April – Creative Writing Workshop: The plot was set, the characters assembled, the atmosphere of an historic setting harnessed for some slightly spooky creativity, where attendees got to write!  The workshop was run by Helen Stockton is an experienced freelance writer and teacher. She has four published books and is a regular columnist for Magnet magazine with ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’ together with ‘And another thing…’.
  • Thursday 26th April 2018 – Children’s author Nick Carter visited us and signed copies of his wonderfully illustrated books.   His wonderful books are all set in the local area.  The RSPB’s Broadwater Warren site is the inspiration for his new children’s book – Chestle Crumb and the Animals of Broadwater Warren.  The idea for the story came to author Nick Carter as he was walking around the site which lies just to the south west of Tunbridge Wells. It features Chestle Crumb – another name for a Dormouse – and his best friend, Norman the Nightjar, and their animal friends.  The story centres on a surprise party to welcome a new arrival into the forest.  If you wish to visit Chestle Crumb’s home there are a variety of walks, developed to meet different abilities and interests, around Broadwater Forest. You do not have to be a RSPB member to visit.  See their website for more information
  • BOOK SWAP – Thursday 26th & Friday 27th April – children came along and brought their old books that were in a reasonable condition to swap.
  • Thursday 26th April 2018 – 6pm TALK ‘How to Research, Write and Publish Books’ –  Chris McCooey  spoke about How to Research, Write and Publish Books and Articles.


Look out for our next Literary Festival in 2019 – if you are interested in taking part please contact us here to apply to be part of the 2019 programme.

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