Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018

Sunday 6th, Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th May

Three days of talks, performances and workshops

A very warm welcome to this year’s Literary Festival. Set in the glorious house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle in the Tudor village of Chiddingstone, our festival returns for a third outing in 2018. We are thrilled by our growing stature which can be measured by our impressive line-up of authors recruited for this year.

We have a deliberately eclectic mix of renowned writers; of biography, memoir, history, medicine, fiction, crime, poetry, science, politics and children’s books, to guarantee that we truly offer something for everyone, of all ages and interests. Ensuring that it is a family affair, there will also be children’s theatre performances, puppetry, life drawing, modelling and creative writing workshops. Visitors can also tour the Castle’s collection of art and antiquities and enjoy delicious food and drink throughout the day.

We are also delighted to announce our Festival Drinks Party which will take place on Saturday 5th May to launch the Festival, with Guest of Honour Ian Rankin. The event will run from 6.30 - 8.30pm at Stonewall Park, TN8 7DG by kind permission of Catherine and Rupert Fleming. There will be an opportunity to meet Ian Rankin over drinks and canapés and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful bluebells and rhododendron.

- Victoria Henderson, Artistic Director

The Programme


Sunday 6th May - Adult Day

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.

Monday 7th May - Family Day

Events for all the family,  with discussions on the future of science and AI, politics and post-truth, plus a festival exclusive with the launch of Kate Mosse’s new historical trilogy. Little ones can meet lovable bear Hugless Douglas and Lauren Child, creator of Charlie and Lola.  We have a musical puppetry performance, Early Man model-making with Aardman Animations and story writing workshops.

Tuesday 8th May - Schools Day

Treats are in store for local pupils at our Schools Day with visits from several award-winning, bestselling children’s authors, an hilarious two-girl theatre company and an acclaimed comedian who will give away the Seven Secrets of Storytelling.



Our Sponsors

We are grateful once again to our title sponsors Brooks Macdonald, an award-winning company that specialises in providing investment management services across the UK and internationally.

We are delighted to be supported by so many prestigious companies.

Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle is an historic house, set in 35 acres of Kentish countryside, filled with treasures collected over a lifetime by Denys Eyre Bower.

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