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Literary festival attracts top authors and book fans to Chiddingstone village

Chiddingstone Castle hosts Chiddingstone Literary Festival web

Featuring some of Britain’s top authors, Chiddingstone Literary Festival returns for its fourth outing in May 2019 with an all-star cast including bestselling author Joanne Harris, wine expert Oz Clarke and writer Anna Pasternak – and this year the festival will be expanding over four days.

Set in the glorious house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle, conveniently located just next door to our gorgeous village inn The Castle Inn, Chiddingstone Literary Festival has become one of Kent’s cultural highlights.

Taking place from Saturday May 4 to Tuesday May 7, we’re big fans of this inspiring event.

Of course, we also happen to be perfectly situated for any book fans (or world famous authors) who might wish to indulge in a delicious lunch or dinner over the weekend too.

Here are just a few of the highlights with ticket availability, which you might wish to jot down in your diary:

> Chocolat author Joanne Harris talks about her life and work and a return to her best-known characters with her new novel, The Strawberry Thief, on Saturday May 4, 2pm.

> Wine expert Oz Clarke pops the cork on his life-long love affair with wine and his Red & White memoir on Saturday May 4, 5pm.

> Anna Pasternak’s intimate new book Untitled is the first positive biography of Wallis Simpson, looking deep into her life and legacy in British royal history. Anna appears at Chiddingstone Literary Festival on Sunday May 5, 12 noon.

> Part memoir, part biography, part book about creative writing and what really makes a novel, This Is Not A Book About Charles Darwin is also a brave book about failure. Emma Darwin speaks to Jane Wenham-Jones on Sunday May 5, 3.30pm.

> One for the families here, as you’re invited to join illustrator Guy Parker-Rees on Monday May 6, 11.45am for a trip into the jungle with Gerald the Giraffe and friends. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Giraffe’s Can’t Dance with a morning of drawing, creativity and dancing.

> Known to millions of viewers across the country for their quirky views and eccentric style choices, Giles and Mary have become the unlikely stars of Gogglebox on Channel 4. Hear their story on Monday May 6, 2.15pm.

For those who haven’t visited before, Chiddingstone Castle is an historic house with Tudor origins and Victorian rooms that was rebuilt in the 1800s to resemble a medieval castle.

So join us to write a new chapter for this picturesque corner of Kent – and enjoy our rather excellent hospitality and beautiful Tudor village while you’re here.

Book your tickets
For more information about Chiddingstone Literary Festival, visit the Chiddingstone Castle website for individual event and workshop prices, which vary from £6 per child and £13.50 per adult to Stay All Day offers. Workshops are individually priced. Tuesday May 7 is billed as ‘schools day’ and tickets are £5 per pupil per event.

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