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You said ...

  • Was just so impressed with the inaugural Faversham Literary Festival. Not easy to make a festival this smoothly run, well-attended, and bursting with ideas. Will be there next year. Also – what a lovely town!
    – Alex Preston, writer and journalist
  • What a triumph! Faversham’s first Literary Festival was quite brilliant.
    — Sarah Langton-Lockton, Faversham Life Online
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Our inaugural festival in 2018 was a great success and we hope you will join us again next year when we will have another exciting programme of events and activities planned for book lovers of all ages and persuasions, featuring author talks, discussions, creative workshops and spoken word events.


Festival timetable – 2018


Friday 23 February, Assembly Rooms

6.45–7.45        Anouchka Grose

8–9                  Deborah Levy


Saturday 24 February, Assembly Rooms

10.45–11.45    Classical concert

12.30–1.30      Fiona Melrose

2–3                  Martin Bell

3.30–4.30        Gulwali Passarlay

5–6.15             Iain Sinclair

7–8                  Jane Harris

8.30–10.15     John Hegley, with support Daryl Haines


Saturday 24 February, The Limes

11–12.30         Maggie Butt, Nancy Charley, Fiona Sinclair; Poetry Open Mic

12.30–1.30      Peter Fiennes

2–3                  Andrea Bennett & Rose McGinty

3.30–4.30        Lisa Cutts, William Shaw & Simon Booker

5–6                  Alex Preston, Neil Gower & Andy Miller

6.30–7.30        Gary Budden and Justin Hopper


Saturday 24 February, Guildhall

10–11              Stella Fry

11–12 noon     Julia Woolf & Lou Kuenzler

12–1                Cath Jones

1–2                  Briony Dixon

2–3                  Justin Coe

3–3.30            Prizegiving – Children's U11 Short Story Competition    

                       Prizegiving – Children's U18 Short Story Competition              


Sunday 25 February, Assembly Rooms

11–12              Chetna Makan

12.30–1.30      Carol Donaldson

2–3                  Roopa Farooki

3.30–4.30        Julie Wassmer

6–7.30             The Skate Boys of Faversham Town


Sunday 25 February, The Limes

11–12              Emma Slade

12.30–1.30      Amy Licence

2–3                 Tim Strangleman, Lee Rourke and Yvonne Singh

3.30–4.30        Peter Barton

5–6                  Justin Croft


Run-up events – 2018

Saturday 17 February, Guildhall
4.30–6pm           The Inklings Writers Group
The group has been meeting fortnightly in Faversham for over two years and welcomes new members who are keen to see their own books or projects completed and published.
Sunday 18 February, Guildhall
12 noon–1pm     Sarah Pullen
Thursday 22 February, Assembly Rooms
7.30–8.45pm       The Skate Boys of Faversham Town

Writing workshops – 2018


Saturday 17 February, Guildhall

10–11am          Flesh on bones: how to create characters who live and breathe on the page. With Peggy Riley
11.30–1.30       Say what? A comprehensive workshop on dialogue for prose and drama: what is it for and how does it work? With Peggy Riley
2–4pm              So you want to write a picture book... adult workshop on writing for children. With Cath Jones

Sunday 18 February, Guildhall

12 noon–1pm    Sarah Pullen, author of A Mighty Boy, in conversation with Marnie Summerfield Smith
1.30–3.30pm     Memoir-writing workshop with Marnie Summerfield Smith


One of England's historic gems, Faversham is a picturesque market town dating back to pre-Roman times and a lovely place to visit. On the north coast of Kent, bordered by coastal nature reserves and the Kent Downs, we're one hour from London St Pancras, with close connections to Ashford International and Canterbury. The festival will take place in three of the town's historic venues: the Guildhall on Market Place, and the Assembly Rooms and The Limes on Preston Street.

Faversham has strong literary connections, past and present. The town has more than forty book-reading groups, various writing groups, book exchanges, a 'literary cafe' that hosts book readings and events, a busy public library and two well-stocked second-hand bookshops. The festival will offer a platform for all of these interested groups and individuals to meet and exchange ideas, listen to well-known authors discussing their books and the craft of writing, and provide opportunities for local writers and illustrators to showcase their work alongside published authors from further afield. There are also events for children, writing workshops and short story competitions.

Faversham has been home to famous writers in the past, including Iain Banks, and is thought to have provided inspiration to Charles Dickens. Thomas Arden, former mayor of Faversham, was portrayed in Arden of Faversham, the first English domestic drama and attributed by some scholars to Shakespeare in part. The literary festival, we hope, will bring more such literary connections and intrigues to Faversham.



Check out to meet some of Faversham's diverse characters. The town has many independent shops, cafes and restaurants, traditional pubs offering fine dining and live music venues. It is home to the UK's oldest brewery, the UK's national fruit collection at Brogdale, and various other festivals are hosted here throughout the year, including a spring Hat Festival, a Nautical Festival and the summer Hop Fest.


Faversham Literary Festival is kindly sponsored by:


We would also like to thank Harbour Books of Whitstable, The Hat Shop, Faversham and The Limes, Faversham for their kind help and support.

Contact Us

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Festival co-directors:

Amanda Dackombe

Amanda Dackombe has a PhD in English Literature from University of London and works as a freelance editor, with many years' experience working on fiction, non-fiction and academic titles for publishing houses and individuals. She moved to Faversham from London in 2016 and works from home. She has taught English literature at University of London and Univ. of Westminster and as visiting lecturer at Univ. of Southampton.

Louise Frith

Louise Frith grew up in Kent. Having spent 10 years away studying and travelling, she returned to Faversham in 2001 to bring up her family. She now works at the University of Kent as an Academic Skills Tutor. Louise has written articles and presented conference papers on academic literacy. She has written two text books, 'Professional Writing for Social Workers' and 'The Students' Guide to Peer Mentoring'. 

Artwork & design

Hugh Ribbans was born in Faversham and trained at Canterbury College of Art. After a career in London spent working as a graphic designer he has returned to Kent to spend time printmaking on his old Columbian press (circa 1860). He produces linocuts and woodcuts. His subject matter can be images of animals and birds or people and places seen when travelling. He has been described as having an obsession with line and he looks for patterns in the cutting whilst still producing representational images. He still keeps his hand in working on graphic projects – particularly when it overlaps with the linocut printing. He has exhibited at the Barbican Gallery, the National Theatre, the National Print Exhibition, the Printmakers Council Open, The Society of Wood Engravers, the Society of Wildlife Artists, the Fry Gallery and the Affordable Artfair.


Website build, design & content, Amanda Dackombe

Tech: Mark Scott/Dan Scott


Amanda Russell studied English Literature & Media at the University of Sussex and Photography at the City of Westminster College, London. She has worked in book publishing as a freelance picture researcher and photographer for more than 18 years.

Website: Twitter @AmandaPictures

Instagram @amandarussellpictures


Festival Venues

Events will be taking place at various venues around the town:

  • Faversham Assembly Rooms: 66 Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8PG
  • Upstairs, The Limes: 59 Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8PG
  • The Guildhall: Market Place, Faversham ME13 7AG

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