Sevenoaks Literary Festival 2018
September 21 – October 05
Another stellar line up is set to shine at this year’s Sevenoaks Literary Festival. From bestselling novelists to music scholars, there will be something to suit all tastes.
The Festival is especially excited this year to introduce the Young Readers Festival Day with a sparkling range of speakers including Cressida Cowell, Emma Carroll, Axel Scheffler and Emma Fischel as well as many free events and activities for children and their families.
For readers of novels, the renowned and best-selling authors Sebastian Faulks and Patrick Gale will be talking about their latest novels - Paris Echo and Take Nothing with You respectively
For lovers of nature, Patrick Barkham evokes the attraction and and experiences of living on islands in his book Islander whilst poet-photographer Virginia Astley will be accompanied by her harpist daughter Florence in readings form her latest collection The English River.
For those whose passions extend to music as well as to literature, the acclaimed conductor and historian Jane Glover explores the making of Handel’s genius in her new book Handel in London: The Making of a Genius.
As always, politics and current affairs are well to the fore in the Festival. In her just-published book, Rise, Gina Miller encourages all citizens to engage in contemporary issues whilst journalist Luke Harding considers the assault on democracy illustrated by Russia’s role in the election of Donald Trump. A longer view is taken by Tessa Dunlop who discusses the dramatic extensions of democracy achieved by women over the last 100 years in her book The Century Girls.
For biography fans, the guest at this year’s literary tea is Vita Sackville-West’s granddaughter Vanessa Nicolson. She recounts the love and grief of growing up in Florence and then raising her family at Sissinghurst whilst at the literary lunch, Nell Stevens interweaves two literary love stories, her own and that of the Victorian author Mrs Gaskell.
Piers Torday’s exciting new book The Lost Magician will appear in time for his visit to Sevenoaks Primary School as the speaker at the special event for primary school children.
Full details of the programme during this year’s Festival are available at