Faversham Literary Festival

Jo Brand, Will Self, Lionel Shriver and Jenni Murray head a stellar line-up at Faversham’s second literary festival. More than 30 events to choose from, including fiction, nature writing, political debate, psychogeography, writings on the refugee crisis, history, cookery, poetry and more.

Some of the highlights include storyteller Diane Setterfield (Once Upon a River), Hugh Warwick on the plight of the hedgehog, and former punk pioneer Viv Albertine’s frank and insightful memoir To Throw Away Unopened. There are walking journeys to inspire you: Horatio Clare in the footsteps of JS Bach, Kent-based author Katherine May walking the south-west coastline, and psychogeographer Iain Sinclair. Plus talks on world history, local Kent history and more quirky histories, including journalist Kassia St Clair on how fabric shaped the world we live in, Tessa Boase on Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather, and Johnny Homer on Brewing in Kent.

Lots of Kent-based authors are involved, including cookery writer Chetna Makan; children’s author Lucy Strange; Sonia Velton on her sumptuous novel about the silk trade (Blackberry & Wild Rose); crime writers William Shaw and Vicki Newham; local historians Pat Reid, Christine Rayner and Mary Kemp; political novelist John McGhie; sci-fi/fantasy with John David Griffin and Mark Stay; and indie publisher Cultured Llama. Plus a great line-up of local poets, children’s authors and teen events, including writing for Dr Who.

On 16–17 February there’s a choice of writing workshops, plus readings by local writing groups. The festival is also running short story competitions for adults and children.

Please go to the Faversham Literary Festival website www.favershamliteraryfestival.org for the latest event information including ticket prices and venue details.

Note: At various Faversham Locations Including: The Alexander Centre, The Assembly Rooms, The Limes, The Guildhall and The Brewery Store.


The Alexander Centre
17 Preston Street,
ME13 8NZ

Entry Price

Most ticket prices are £3 and £5, with a few special events priced slightly higher - check with Festival website for full details.