Literary Festival 2018

Join us for a week long celebration of literature!  We will launch our Festival on Monday 23rd April in conjunction with

World Book Night.

OPEN Monday 23rd April 10am – 5pm. FREE entry to the centre and book cafe. Enjoy our quiz, kids activities or enter our design a bookmark competition.







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Enter our ‘Design a Bookmark’ competition.  Download your entry from and template Design a book mark competition

Test your literary knowledge with this Book Quiz from Penguin

Monday 23rd April – Children’s Bedtime Story 6.30pm

Join us on Facebook Live at 6.30pm – 6.45pm for a Bedtime Story broadcast live from Bridge Cottage.





Monday 23rd April – TALK: The History of Books 7-8pm

As part of our first Literary Festival we are delighted to offer this fascinating talk by Dr Maria Kirk. Maria will take us on an exploration the history of books in England from the Medieval period onward. The talk will look at the history of libraries and the book trade.

 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.  Book your tickets here.

 World Book Night – 23rd April 2018

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities.

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers.


Tuesday 24th April – Book Club meeting 6.30-8pm

Our new book club TOMBS & TOMES  will launch on Tuesday 24th April.  If you enjoy reading historical fiction why not come and join us.  Our members will read a book from our carefully selected list of historical fiction. We will meet to chat about our thoughts and the themes of each book here at Bridge Cottage in Uckfield on the last Tuesday of every month. Read more here. Email to register your interest.


Wednesday 25th April

The 3 R’s – Children’s Workshop: Reading, Reusing & Recycling 3-5pm


Join us for a fun packed workshop exploring how you can help in the campaign to reduce plastic in our oceans.  Using childrens’ author Ellie Jackson’s wonderful story ‘Duffy’s Lucky Escape’ we will create amazing objects from the rubbish we usually discard in our bins.  FREE Entry.  Bring along your plastic rubbish from home and join us in creating an amazing sculpture to be displayed here at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre.

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Duffy’s Lucky Escape is an engaging story of the relationship between humans and wildlife and the dangers turtles face in their own natural habitats due to ocean plastic. Stunning artwork captures the imagination of young readers and brings to life a very real threat to our oceans.

Duffy’s Lucky Escape is based on true events and it is this powerful message which invites children and adults alike to question their environment and the plastic pollution within it. With suggestions for the future and links to activities which reinforce the story, Duffy’s Lucky Escape is a book which will inspire young readers to make changes to the world around them.

Wednesday 25th April – Creative Writing Workshop 7-9pm

The plot is set, the characters assembled, the atmosphere of an historic setting harnessed for some slightly spooky creativity, all you’ve got to do is write!

This two hour session uses Bridge Cottage as inspiration to explore some of the fundamentals of creative writing: ideas, viewpoint, character and tension. It is for writers of all abilities and experience, all you need is a pen and paper, so come along and have some fun.

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…’.

BOOK your place here – only £10

Thursday 26th April 2018 – Children’s author visit 3-5pm

Children’s author Nick Carter will be here signing copies of his wonderfully illustrated books 3-5pm.  Come and meet Nick and read his wonderful books all set in the local area.  The RSPB’s Broadwater Warren site is the inspiration for a 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 3-5pm

Our Children’s BOOK SWAP is happening on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th April.  Come along between 3-5pm.  It’s free and open to all – just bring children’s and teen books that are in a reasonable condition to swap. We’d love you to join us!


Thursday 26th April 2018 – 6pm TALK ‘How to Research, Write and Publish Books’

As part of our Literary Week 2018 come and hear Chris McCooey talk about How to Research, Write and Publish Books and Articles.

Chris has a writing career that includes:

  • Regular contributor to the weekend sections of The Times (37 articles to date) and Financial Times (139 articles) and other national papers and magazines on food, travel, house and homes, gardening and country matters
  • Writes and publishes under his in-print JAK Books
  • Books include Kent Women, Sussex Women, Kent Heroes, Sussex Heroes, Kent Characters and Sussex Characters
  • More recent books include Kent and Sussex Scandals – Salacious, Sensational and Sad; Kent and Sussex Rogues, Rascals and Rebels and Birds, Beasts and Bacchanalia of Kent and Sussex

See his website for more details:

FREE entry – book your place by emailing

SPACES limited to 40 tickets.


Friday 27th April 2018 – Meet Dorit Oliver-Wolff – Holocaust Survivor

6pm Talk: From Yellow Star to Pop Star – Book your tickets here £5 (UDPS members 1/2 price)



Come and meet author Dorit Oliver-Wolff.  Dorit’s story is about how she saw the Holocaust as a five year old Jewish girl living for years in hiding, in Hungary. Fearing the Nazi soldiers who were determined to kill every Jew.



After WW2 Dorit weighed three stones, lost all her hair and was too weak to stand up. singing kept her alive. She survived against all odds.

Her story is a success story and the Holocaust is only one part of it. Having emigrated to Israel in 1948 my nomadic life started. Dorit joined a dancing troupe in Istanbul and toured the Middle East in various seedy night clubs. She studied by day and danced at night.

A talent scout spotted Dorit in Germany, (ironically), and that is where the rest of my life started. Tense, moving and inspirational – her remarkable story takes the reader through fear and horror to freedom and joy. It shows how the bravery and fortitude of one little Jewish girl helped her survive the Holocaust and become a star!



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