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ONLINE BOOKING IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2017 CHIDDINGSTONE CASTLE LITERARY FESTIVAL!

Box Office for all Adult events on Sunday 30 April - CLICK HERE!

Box Office for all Adult and Family events on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May - CLICK HERE!

PROGRAMME OF ADULT EVENTS ON SUNDAY 30 APRIL

PROGRAMME OF ADULT EVENTS ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 1 MAY

PROGRAMME OF FAMILY EVENTS ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 1 MAY

Announcing a new partnership, this year’s Title Sponsor of the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2017 will be Brooks Macdonald, an award winning company that specialises in providing investment management services across the UK and internationally.

Chiddingstone Castle will welcome an impressive selection of authors covering a wide-range of topics. Highlights include Terry Waite, 25 years after his release from solitary imprisonment as a hostage in Beirut, talking about his life then and now, and his thoughts on the current situation in the Middle East. Biographers Artemis Cooper and Adam Sisman will discuss the life and writings of acclaimed travel-writer Patrick Leigh Fermor and Artemis will also talk about her latest biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard. Radio 4 presenter of Saturday Live, Rev. Richard Coles will be sorting the wheat from the chaff in his reflective account of life as a parish priest and broadcaster. Grief psychotherapist Julia Samuel (author of Grief Works) and Imogen Lycett Green, writer and founder of the Narrative Medicine Workshop in Brighton, will be in conversation with Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead (author of All at Sea) about the death of her husband and coming to terms with love, loss and the taboo of death.

Educationalist and biographer Anthony Seldon will be in conversation with David Walsh, and presenter of BBC TV’s Coast Nicholas Crane, will present his new book on the making of the British Landscape. Best-selling writer of historical fiction Alison Weir will present Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, the latest title in her Six Tudor Queens series and the highly-praised biographer Anne Sebba will shed light on how the women of Paris lived, loved and died in the 1940s. Rachel Kelly will introduce The Happy Kitchen (written with nutritionist Alice Mackintosh); an inspirational range of recipes scientifically proven to boost energy, relieve low mood, provide comfort and keep the blues at bay.  No 1 bestselling author of the Emperor, Conqueror and the Wars of the Roses series Conn Iggulden will talk about his latest novel Dunstan with local historical fiction writer Angus Donald (author of The Outlaw series), about a tenth century Archbishop of Canterbury. Sunday Times journalist Tim Shipman (author of All Out War) and ITN’s Andy Bell will discuss the impact of Brexit and Trump.

For children, there are appearances from prize-winning authors Piers Torday and Lauren St John, poet A F Harrold and local author Christopher Lloyd. There will be a performance of The Ugly Duckling by award-winning theatre company Pericles, along with storytelling shows from Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder and Really Big Pants Theatre Company. The festival is expanding with the addition of a second marquee providing a space for workshops, storytelling, Sock Puppet Theatre and much more.

Events will take place over three days with a special programme for local schools on Tuesday 2 May. There will be vintage food vans, a bar and organic coffee trikes, along with the Castle’s own courtyard tea rooms serving cakes, sandwiches and light lunches.

During the build-up to the event, children are invited to enter a Short Story Competition (two categories: age 7-9 and 10-13).  The winning entries will be read out at the festival on Bank Holiday Monday and winners will receive a signed copy by one of our children’s authors.

Online booking is available via the links above:

Adult tickets are £12 per event; Child (age 3-13) £5 per event.

Children’s events on Bank Holiday Monday only: Child (age 3-13) plus accompanying Adult £10 together; subsequent Child/ren £5 each - all prices per event.

Adult Sunday only Day Pass (admission to all events): £60

Adult Monday only Day Pass (admission to all five adult events in the main marquee): £50

Comic Strip Masterclass (Monday) for children age 7+ (lasts 2.5 hours): £10

All tickets include admission to Chiddingstone Castle and the Collections.

Tickets for the School Events on Tuesday will be £4 per student per event (these are available for purchase directly from the Castle from 1 February 2016).

VIEW THE 2017 PROGRAMME!

The full programme of events for 2017 can be viewed by clicking HERE.

On Sunday 30 April you’ll find the following talks for adults:

25 years after his release from solitary imprisonment as a hostage in Beirut, Terry Waite will be talking about his life then and now, and his thoughts on the current situation in the Middle East. Biographers Artemis Cooper and Adam Sisman will discuss the life and writings of acclaimed travel-writer Patrick Leigh Fermor and Artemis will also talk about her latest biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard. Educationalist and biographer Sir Anthony Seldon will be in conversation with David Walsh, and best-selling writer of historical fiction Alison Weir will present Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, the latest title in her Six Tudor Queens series and the highly-praised biographer Anne Sebba will shed light on how the women of Paris lived, loved and died in the 1940s.  Sunday Times journalist Tim Shipman (author of All Out War) and ITN’s Andy Bell will discuss the impact of Brexit and Trump.

On Bank Holiday Monday 1 May, the following programme will appeal to adults:

Radio 4 presenter of Saturday Live, Rev. Richard Coles will be sorting the wheat from the chaff in his reflective account of life as a parish priest and broadcaster, and presenter of BBC TV’s Coast Nicholas Crane, will present his new book on the making of the British Landscape.  Grief psychotherapist Julia Samuel (author of Grief Works) and Imogen Lycett Green, writer and founder of the Narrative Medicine Workshop in Brighton, will be in conversation with Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead (author of All at Sea) about the death of her husband and coming to terms with love, loss and the taboo of death.  Rachel Kelly will introduce The Happy Kitchen (written with nutritionist Alice Mackintosh); an inspirational range of recipes scientifically proven to boost energy, relieve low mood, provide comfort and keep the blues at bay. No 1 bestselling author of the Emperor, Conqueror and the Wars of the Roses series Conn Iggulden will talk about his latest novel Dunstan with local historical fiction writer Angus Donald (author of The Outlaw series), about a tenth century Archbishop of Canterbury.  Local historian Bob Golds will be on hand to give a fascinating walking tour of Chiddingstone village and the Castle’s friend Penny Harris will entertain in the Victorian Kitchen with anecdotes and stories from her late mother’s memoir of the village during WWII.

Family events on Bank Holiday Monday include:

A production of The Ugly Duckling in the Castle’s Orangery by the award-winning Pericles Theatre Company and Atelier Community Theatre, and a Comic Art Masterclass with The Beano and Marvel artist Kev F Sutherland.  The Really Big Pants Theatre Company will amuse children with Suddenly and Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder Storytelling will tell the tale of The Legend of Perseus - both of these events will be in the new Children’s Marquee for children age 4+.  For slightly older children, the hilarious Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre will present Socks Do Shakespeare and best-selling author Piers Torday will talk about his The Last Wild Trilogy.

Winners of the Short Story Competition will have their stories read by voiceover artist Rachel Sellers in the Children’s Marquee, and in the Castle’s Housekeeper’s Room you’ll find inspiration to encourage your children to love to read (or you to volunteer!) with literacy charity Beanstalk for Kent and the Book Activist.

CHILDREN'S SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Seen here are the proud winners of the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2016 Short Story Competition - collecting their prizes from Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell!

The competition is running again for the 2017 Festival and there will again be two categories: age 7-9 and age 10-13.  Write a SHORT STORY in 500 words on ANY SUBJECT!  Stories can be hand-written or typed, and illustrated (but being illustrated is not obligatory). Each entry must be headed with the child’s name, age group and school.  There will be a winner, a runner-up and a prize for the best illustration in each age category.

AND THE PRIZES…?

The winning stories will be read out by voiceover artist Rachel Sellers at Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May and published in Scoop, the new Children’s Magazine (to subscribe: scoopthemag.co.uk).  Winners will receive complimentary tickets to see award-winning children’s author Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild trilogy on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May and receive a signed copy of his latest book.

HOW TO ENTER…?

Entries must be posted to Education Officer, Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD

Competition closing date: Friday 17 March 2017

Judges include: Louise Weir (Lovereading4kids), Clementine Macmillan-Scott (Scoop Magazine), Imogen Lycett Green (Betjeman Poetry Prize), Victoria Dilly (Book Activist) and Fiona Glossop (Chiddingstone Castle Education Officer)

 

KEEP IN TOUCH!

Take a look at our Chiddingstone Castle Facebook and Twitter @Chidd_Castle AND our Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival Facebook and Twitter @chiddlitfest for loads more information and pictures.