Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018 : Adult Day

Sunday 6th May

Sunday 6th May - Adult Day

Join us for wit and wisdom on topics ranging from Dr Zhivago to the life of a junior doctor, revelations about Royalist women and Detective Inspector Rebus, culinary inspiration, the consequences of crime for police and perpetrator, award-winning poetry, Anglo-American husband hunting and the power of persuasive writing. We are also delighted to offer a whole day of life drawing classes.

C O N S U L T U S    M A R Q U E E    ( M A I N    M A R Q U E E)

Diana Henry with Bee Wilson

How to Eat a Peach: Menus, Stories and Places

10.30 - 11.30am

£12.00

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Enjoy culinary inspiration from our two award-winning food writers; journalist and broadcaster Diana Henry and food historian Bee Wilson. Planning a menu is Diana Henry’s favourite part of cooking. Menus create very different moods and take you places; from an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany to a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul. Diana will talk to Bee Wilson about the inspiring places behind some of her favourite menus in her new book How to Eat a Peach, and her recipes, memories and stories will transport you to San Francisco, Mexico City and beyond.

Diana Henry is the author of eleven books including Simple which was named Fortnum & Mason’s Cookery Book of the Year in 2017. She has been awarded Cookery Journalist of the Year three times by the Guild of Food Writers. Diana is the Sunday Telegraph’s food writer and hosts the Telegraph’s At the Kitchen Table podcast. She also writes regularly for BBC Good Food Magazine, House & Garden and Red.

Bee Wilson is an acclaimed food writer, historian and author of Consider the Fork, First Bite, This is Not a Diet Book and Swindled. She writes about food for the Guardian and the London Review of Books. She was BBC Radio 4’s Food Writer of the Year and Fortnum & Mason’s Food Writer 2016. First Bite won the Special Commendation André Simon Book Award 2015.

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Anna Pasternak with Imogen Lycett Green and Geoffrey Streatfeild

Lara: The Untold Story that Inspired Dr Zhivago

11.45 - 12.45pm

£12.00

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2018 marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Set in those turbulent years, Doctor Zhivago has sold in its millions, yet the true love story that inspired it has never been fully explored. Lara is the tragic story of the passionate love affair between Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya; love of his life and his literary muse. Anna Pasternak will talk to Imogen Lycett Green about her unprecedented access to family sources, crucially Olga’s daughter, Irina, providing her unparalleled insight into one of the greatest literary love affairs of the 20th Century. Olga paid an enormous price for loving ‘her Boria’. She became a pawn in a highly political game and was imprisoned twice in Siberian labour camps because of her association with him and his controversial work. Her story is one of unimaginable courage, loyalty, suffering, tragedy, drama and loss.

Anna Pasternak is the great-granddaughter of Leonid Pasternak, the impressionist painter and the great-niece of Nobel Prize winning novelist Boris Pasternak. Imogen Lycett Green is a writer and director of the Betjeman Poetry Prize. Actor Geoffrey Streatfeild (RSC, National Theatre) will read excerpts from Boris’ works.

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Ian Rankin with Jake Kerridge

Rankin and Rebus: 30 Years in the Crime Trade

1.30 - 2.30pm

£12.00

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The No 1 UK bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin will join us to discuss 30 years spent living with the irascible and brooding Detective Inspector John Rebus, in conversation with Jake Kerridge, crime reviewer for the Daily Telegraph.  Ian is currently writing a new adventure for Rebus, to be published in October, so there may be a few hints dropped…or even an exclusive reading from the work in progress.

Ian Rankin’s first John Rebus novel was published in 1987, since when the maverick cop has appeared in a further twenty full-length stories.  Ian continues to live in (and write about) Edinburgh.

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Berry & Lamberts Solicitors are proud to sponsor Ian Rankin at the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival – an important and inspiring Kent event. We work as a team with clients on business and individual legal matters, helping them achieve the results they seek in their professional and personal lives.

John Sutherland and Erwin James with Cathy Rentzenbrink

Lives of Crime: Police Commander and ex-Convict

2.45 - 3.45pm

£12.00

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An extraordinary opportunity to hear how a life in crime affects both the perpetrator and the police officer. John Sutherland, a Commander in the Metropolitan Police and author of Blue: Keeping the Peace and Falling Apart, will be in conversation with Erwin James, author of Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope, an ex-prisoner convicted of murder who now writes for the Guardian and is a trustee of the Prison Reform Trust. They will talk about their own experiences of crime, punishment and law-keeping and the detrimental effect each has suffered on their own mental health.

John Sutherland joined the Metropolitan Police in 1992, winning the Baton of Honour as outstanding recruit, rising through the ranks to become a highly respected senior officer and most recently Borough Commander for Southwark, south London. After a career spent policing the streets on the scene of crimes and catastrophes, he suffered a major breakdown and a consequent battle with crippling depression.

Erwin James lost his mother when he was seven. Shipped from home to home after his father turned to alcohol and violence, he committed his first crime aged ten. His petty crime turned increasingly violent, culminating in the terrible events which saw him jailed for life in 1984. In prison he struggled to come to terms with the enormity of his crimes and a future without purpose or hope. However, there he met a prison psychologist who helped him confront his past, and encouraged him to read and to educate himself. He achieved a BA in History, and is now a freelance writer and prison campaigner.

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache.

Sponsored by Sevenoaks Bookshop

Independent booksellers since 1948, we stock an extensive range of carefully chosen new adult and children’s books. Our experienced staff will help you to find the very best books. We also sell beautiful and unusual greetings cards and wrapping paper. We host regular events with a variety of speakers. During half-terms and holidays, we often run free children’s activities. In our small and peaceful cafe, we serve delicious homemade cakes, and hot and cold drinks.

Leanda de Lisle, Linda Porter and Lucy Moore

Royalist Women

4.00 - 5.00pm

£12.00

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With today’s renewed interest in the 17th  century and the dramatic period of the Civil Wars, the Stuarts have emerged from the shadow of the Tudors to reclaim their place as monarchs whose lives and loves are equally worthy of attention.  We welcome three acclaimed female historians to talk about Charles I’s passionately loyal queen, Henrietta Maria, her three daughters, Mary, Elizabeth and Henriette Anne, and Lady Ann Fanshawe, the indefatigable wife of a royalist courtier.  Were the royalists really romantic, or is this just one of the many myths about a bloody conflict, so pivotal to the history of the British Isles, that shaped the world in which we live? Do visit the Castle’s outstanding collection of Jacobite and Stewart artefacts on display in the White Rose Room/Festival bar.

Leanda de Lisle read history at Somerville College, Oxford.  She is the author of books on James I, Lady Jane Grey and her sisters, a family history of the Tudors and, most recently, the best-selling White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr.

Lucy Moore studied history at Edinburgh University.  She has written on a wide variety of topics, including eighteenth century highwaymen, Indian Maharanis, women in the French Revolution, the Roaring Twenties and Nijinsky.  Her latest book is Lady Fanshawe’s Receipt Book: The Life and Times of a Civil War Heroine.

Linda Porter has a doctorate in History from the University of York.  She has written biographies of Mary Tudor and Katherine Parr and a history of the rivalry between the Tudors and the Stewarts, the backstory of Mary Queen of Scots.  Her most recent book is Royal Renegades: the children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars.

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Anne De Courcy

The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York

5.15 - 6.15pm

£12.00

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Around the turn of the twentieth century a remarkable invasion took place in Britain; social climbing American heiresses crossed the pond to find titled husbands with power and privilege. From 1874 – the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known ‘Dollar Princess”, married Randolph Churchill – to 1914, a hundred young American heiresses married into the British aristocracy, bringing with them fabulous wealth, glamour and the sophistication of the Gilded Age. Think Cora Crawley, Countess Grantham in Downton Abbey. Anne de Courcy will put the motives and attitudes of these young women and their families in the social context of their times, revealing how the real story behind husband-hunting in Europe was much more than a case of cash for titles. Anne’s extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, will reveal what they thought of their new lives in England – and what England thought of them.

Anne de Courcy is the author of thirteen widely acclaimed works of social history and biography, including Margot At War, The Fishing Fleet, The Viceroy’s Daughter and Debs At War. 

Win a dinner for 2 at The Ivy Royal Tunbridge Wells. Book tickets to hear Anne de Courcy and you will automatically be entered in to our prize draw. The winner will be announced during Anne’s talk on Sunday 6th May. Dinner to be arranged at The Ivy Royal Tunbridge on a mutually agreed time and date.

Sponsored by The Ivy, Tunbridge Wells

Located on the bustling High Street, just a few minutes’ walk from the idyllic and iconic Pantiles Georgian colonnade, The Ivy Royal Tunbridge Wells offers sophisticated and friendly all-day dining to local residents, businesses and visitors alike.

Adam Kay with Cathy Rentzenbrink

This Is Going to Hurt

6.30 - 7.30pm

£12.00

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Meet former junior doctor Adam Kay, in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink (author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache), discussing the funniest book ever written about the NHS. The diaries, written between 2005 and 2010 when Kay worked as a junior doctor specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, show him tackling horrific injuries (a man with a “degloved penis” after sliding down a lamppost), elderly drinkers and life-threatening birth complications. Kay decided to go public with them amid the war of words between health secretary Jeremy Hunt and junior doctors over pay and conditions. Although the book revels in the dark comedy of hospital life, it builds up to a career-ending incident that left the author fearful of making decisions about patients’ treatment and ultimately forced him to ditch his chosen his life as a doctor.

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film, including Mitchell & Webb and Very British Problems. This Is Going to Hurt became an instant Sunday Times bestseller, topping the charts for three months. It has been translated into 15 languages and won the Blackwell’s Debut Book of the Year 2017, Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year, iBooks Book of the Year, Books Are My Bag Readers’ Award and Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Prize.

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache and a regular on the Literary Festival circuit.

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C A S T L E    M A R Q U E E

Daljit Nagra with Emma Harding

Poetry: British Museum

2.45 - 3.45pm

£12.00

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We are delighted to welcome Radio 4’s poet-in-residence Daljit Nagra and BBC poetry producer Emma Harding. They will discuss, and read from British Museum, Daljit’s third collection of poems, which is a series of meditations and reflections upon our heritage, our legacy, and the institutions that define them: the BBC, Hadrian’s Wall, the Sikh gurdwaras of our towns, and the British Museum of the title poem. Daljit explores the impact of the first wave of mass migration to our shores, the Arab Spring, the allure of extremism along with a series of personal poems about the pressures of growing up in a traditional community. British Museum is a book that asks profound questions of our ethics and responsibilities at a time of great challenge to our sense of national identity.

Daljit Nagra grew up in West London, then Sheffield. In 2004 his poem Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem, and his first collection of the same name won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and won the 2008 South Bank Show/Arts Council Decibel Award. He teaches at Brunel University London and is currently Poet-in-Residence at BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra.

Emma Harding is a producer of poetry at BBC Radio 4.

Sponsored by Sevenoaks Bookshop

Independent booksellers since 1948, we stock an extensive range of carefully chosen new adult and children’s books. Our experienced staff will help you to find the very best books. We also sell beautiful and unusual greetings cards and wrapping paper. We host regular events with a variety of speakers. During half-terms and holidays, we often run free children’s activities. In our small and peaceful cafe, we serve delicious homemade cakes, and hot and cold drinks.

 

Sam Leith

 Write to the Point: How to be Clear, Correct and Persuasive on the Page

4.00 - 5.00pm

£12.00

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Join Sam Leith for some inspired guidance in the art of Persuasive Writing. Sam is a journalist, broadcaster and author of Write to the Point. Sam will show how to express yourself fully to maximise your chances of getting your way in every situation. From work reports to Valentine cards, and from emails of condolence to tweets of complaint, he will reveal the secrets to successful communication, eloquence and off- and online etiquette. How do you write a job application, a thank-you card, or an email to your bank manager, to your children’s headteacher, to your clients or your boss? How do you prepare a speech to win the argument, get the vote of confidence, or embarrass the bridegroom? Getting these things right - or wrong - can be life-changing.

Sam Leith is literary editor at the Spectator, a columnist at the Financial Times, the Evening Standard and Prospect, and his work appears regularly in the Guardian, The Times and the TLS. His books include Dead Pets, Sod’s Law and You Talkin’ to Me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama. He has served as a judge on the Man Booker and Desmond Elliott prizes.

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S T R E A T F E I L D    R O O M

Eddie Armer

Drawing From Life

10.30 - 12.00pm : Workshop 1 : Drawing the figure in proportion

£15.00

Suitable for adults and children over 12

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Eddie Armer, author of Life Drawing, will be tutoring a series of themed drawing workshops, as part of this year’s Literary Festival. These workshops are suitable for artists of all levels, from beginners to advanced. However, if you are new to life-drawing or would like the opportunity to develop your drawing skills, you will be in safe hands. Remember that we all draw naturally from an early age, long before we ever learn to read and write. When a young girl asked her father what he did all day at work, he responded “I teach my students to draw”. Incredulous, she replied “you mean they forget!”

Drawing the human figure from life (life-drawing), became a firmly established practice during the time of the Renaissance. Life-drawing is still considered important training for the visual artist, as it teaches us not only to look, but to see!

Workshop 1 details

This workshop will provide an explanation of how to draw the model in proportion and avoid some of the most common pitfalls.

We will be working from life with a female model, producing a series of drawings for you to take home.

Guidance and practical advice on drawing techniques will be given.

Materials are included (bring your own if preferred)

Eddie Armer

Drawing From Life

12.30 - 2.00pm : Workshop 2 : Foreshortening - the illusion of depth

£15.00

Suitable for adults and children over 12

The Streatfeild Room

Eddie Armer, author of Life Drawing, will be tutoring a series of themed drawing workshops, as part of this year’s Literary Festival. These workshops are suitable for artists of all levels, from beginners to advanced. However, if you are new to life-drawing or would like the opportunity to develop your drawing skills, you will be in safe hands. Remember that we all draw naturally from an early age, long before we ever learn to read and write. When a young girl asked her father what he did all day at work, he responded “I teach my students to draw”. Incredulous, she replied “you mean they forget!”

Drawing the human figure from life (life-drawing), became a firmly established practice during the time of the Renaissance. Life-drawing is still considered important training for the visual artist, as it teaches us not only to look, but to see!

Workshop 2 details       

Capturing the foreshortening in a pose, will give your drawing depth and realism, but it remains a challenge for artists of all levels of ability.

An understanding of foreshortening will be explained along with practical advice to help you develop your technique.

Materials are included (bring your own if preferred)

Eddie Armer

Drawing From Life

2.30 - 4.00pm : Workshop 3 : Drawing a portrait

£15.00

Suitable for adults and children over 12

The Streatfeild Room

Eddie Armer, author of Life Drawing, will be tutoring a series of themed drawing workshops, as part of this year’s Literary Festival. These workshops are suitable for artists of all levels, from beginners to advanced. However, if you are new to life-drawing or would like the opportunity to develop your drawing skills, you will be in safe hands. Remember that we all draw naturally from an early age, long before we ever learn to read and write. When a young girl asked her father what he did all day at work, he responded “I teach my students to draw”. Incredulous, she replied “you mean they forget!”

Drawing the human figure from life (life-drawing), became a firmly established practice during the time of the Renaissance. Life-drawing is still considered important training for the visual artist, as it teaches us not only to look, but to see!

Workshop 3 details       

A few simple rules to help you capture a portrait from life and begin to understand the proportions of the head.

You will have the choice of a male or female model for this workshop.

Materials are included (bring your own if preferred)

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