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Literary festival to attract top authors and book fans to Chiddingstone village

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Featuring some of Britain’s top authors, Chiddingstone Literary Festival returns for its third outing in May 2018 with an all-star cast including crime writer Ian Rankin, Languedoc Trilogy creator Kate Mosse, Waterstones’ children’s laureate Lauren Child and journalist Evan Davis.

Set in the glorious house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle, conveniently located just next door to our lovely pub The Castle Inn, the literary festival has become one of west Kent’s cultural highlights.

Taking place from Sunday May 6 to Tuesday May 8, 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 pub lunch or dinner over the weekend too.

Here are just a few of the highlights, which you might wish to jot down in your diary.

Sharing his wit and wisdom on topics ranging from Dr Zhivago to the life and times of Detective Inspector Rebus, Ian Rankin will be speaking to Jake Kerridge, crime reviewer for the Daily Telegraph, on Sunday May 6.

Also appearing in the Castle Marquee on the Saturday are, deep breath, Diana Henry and Bee Wilson; Anna Pasternak with Imogen Lycett Green; John Sutherland and Erwin James; Leanda de Lisle, Linda Porter and Lucy Moore; Anne de Courcy; Adam Kay with Cathy Rentzenbrink; Daljit Nagra with Emma Harding; and Sam Leith.

While that little lot make their appearances, there will also be life drawing in the Streatfeild Room.

A literary exclusive for Chiddingstone Castle, Kate Mosse, author of the multi-million selling trilogy Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel, will launch her new historical novel The Burning Chambers at the festival on Bank Holiday Monday May 7.

Also appearing on the day are David Melling; Rachel Sellers; Lauren Child; Jim Al-Khalili and Sir Nigel Shadbolt; and Evan Davis with Andy Bell.

Among the many activities for kids on ‘family day’, Aardman Animations – creators of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep and their recent hit Early Man – will be leading hands-on clay modelling workshops.

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 while you’re here!

  • For more information about Chiddingstone Literary Festival, visit the Chiddingstone Castle website at chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literary-festival for individual events prices, which vary from free to £15, or full day passes. Tuesday May 8 is billed as ‘schools day’ and tickets are £5 per pupil per event.

Authors: Ian Rankin, Lauren Child and Kate Mosse

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