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A community celebration of books, reading and writing in Cranbrook promoting the joy of reading and the written word.

Tickets have are now on sale for the Cranbrook Literature Festival which will be held this year on Friday 28th September and Saturday 29th September. The full programme is now confirmed with

booking open for all events on the festival website

Highlights of the two days include events with broadcaster, journalist and writer Jermey Vine(right), performance poet, broadcaster and theatre maker Luke Wright(below),children’s author and illustrator Jonny Duddle, broadcaster and writer Davina McCall, author of the Clara Vine espionage books Jane Thynne (below right) author and journalist Ann Morgan, plus novelist and historian Alison Weir, author Louise Dean and endurance athlete Mimi Anderson.  Poetry is represented by John Rice and Hubert Moore.

For those interested in learning or perfecting their own writing skills there will be writing workshops with Teena Lyons and Hilary Wilce and also an event with author Louise Dean plus a local writers’ forum will be held for those wanting to know how to get their work to a wider audience.

Children’s writers Natasha Farrant, Katie and Kevin Tsang, Kevin Brooks, Sarah Drive and Joe Craig will also be at the festival along with poetry busker Kornel Kossuth, at a variety of venues in Cranbrook, including the town’s windmill!

“Interest in this community festival is already extremely high and we have worked on providing a varied and eclectic mix of authors and writers for the two days with something for everyone”, says Christine Newman, Chairman of the organising committee. “Our aim is to provide as many events for children as possible so they get to hear and meet real live authors and to encourage young and old to celebrate the written word.  We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors for helping this event become a reality for another year”.

There will be a festival bookshop in residence in The George Hotel for the duration of the festival and the committee has received sponsorship for events from Cranbrook School Trustees, Lambert and Foster, Cllr Sean Holden’s  County Members’ Fund, Dulwich Prep School, Guy Johnson of the Ladham Charitable Trust, Cranbrook and Hawkhurst Rotary Club, KCC Libraries, Batchellor Monkhouse and Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council.

For more details about the events planned please visit the website or contact Christine Newman on 01580 711856/715837 or email

Words by Christine Newman – Cranbrook Literature Festival

Below left Jonny Duddle, right Alison Weir, bottom left Natasha Farrant, right John Rice


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