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Our inaugural festival in 2018 was a great success with a line-up including Man Booker-shortlisted author Deborah Levy, journalist Martin Bell, psychogeographer Iain Sinclair and performance poet John Hegley. We featured over thirty events with writers from Kent and further afield, as well as writing workshops, poetry events, and more.

We hope you will join us again in February 2019. We 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. Keep watching this space for more announcements.

 

Festival timetable – 2019

 

Thursday 21 February, The Brewery Store

7–10pm        Will Self (Doors open 7pm; hot buffet dinner 7.30pm; event 8.15–9.15pm)

 

Friday 22 February, Assembly Rooms

7–8.15pm       Diana Evans and Claire Fuller, with Nicolette Jones

 

Saturday 23 February, Alexander Centre

Details to be announced

 

Saturday 23 February, Assembly Rooms

Details to be announced

 

Saturday 23 February, The Limes

Details to be announced

 

Saturday 23 February, Guildhall

Details to be announced

 

Sunday 24 February, Alexander Centre

Details to be announced

 

Sunday 24 February, Assembly Rooms

Details to be announced

 

Sunday 24 February, The Limes

Details to be announced

 

Run-up events – 2019

Saturday 16 February, Guildhall
Details to be announced
 
 
Sunday 17 February, Guildhall
Details to be announced
 

 

Writing workshops – 2019

 

Saturday 16 February, Guildhall

Details to be announced
 
 

Sunday 17 February, Guildhall

Details to be announced
 
 

 

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 five of the town's historic venues: the Guildhall on Market Place, the Old Brewery Store within Shepherd Neame Brewery, and the Alexander Centre, 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 favershamlife.org 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, Top Hat & Tales, Faversham and The Limes, Faversham for their kind help and support.