VIRTUAL Literary Festival
Podcast Series 2020
Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival is held annually in our grounds and brings an array of well-known authors to live audiences. In 2021, in a special Literary Fringe, the festival will present a series of summer events held in the Orangery and on its surrounding lawns. We thank Baillie Gifford for supporting us as the main sponsor for the third year.
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We are delighted that the podcast series from Chiddingstone Castle’s Virtual Literary Festival in 2020 were so popular, creating a wealth of interest and listeners during lockdown and COVID restrictions. The podcasts are still freely available below. Please also click through to the Sevenoaks Bookshop to purchase your favourites from the series.
We are currently discussing ideas to bring literary events to you in 2021 and look forward to sharing plans as soon as we know. Meanwhile, happy reading and listening.
We could not have made these podcasts without the help of our sponsors Baillie Gifford, the sound-editing skills of Sue Broom, the beautiful music performed (and some even composed) by Jo Marsh, Terry Nettle and their two children Thomas and Isabelle, the voiceover skills of Geoffrey Streatfeild, our generous Patrons and Friends of the Festival, our enthusiastic authors and to you for tuning in to listen. Please help spread the word and share them with your friends and family and we hope we will see you all again in person at our next festival at Chiddingstone Castle in 2021.
Sevenoaks Bookshop have set up a special Literary Festival page on their online bookshop website to take orders for the books featured in our podcasts.
Lara Prior-Palmer and Georgie Codd | Rough Magic and We Swim to the Shark
William Sieghart with Ana Sampson | The Poetry Pharmacy
Tom Holland with Andy Bell | Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind
Paul Conroy with Julia Wheeler | Under the Wire
Clare Mulley with Sam Leith | The Women who flew for Hitler
Amit Patel with Sue Broom | Kika and Me
Neil MacGregor with Sue Broom | Living with the Gods: The Gods that we Need
Andrew Roberts with David Walsh | Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Linda Porter and Paul Lay | Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II, Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate
Alexandra Shulman with Louise Chunn | Clothes and Other Things That Matter
Joanna Trollope with Rowan Pelling | Mum & Dad
Maggie O’Farrell with Cathy Rentzenbrink | Hamnet
Peter James and John Sutherland with Angela Clarke | Writing Crime: Roy Grace – Find Them Dead and Crossing the Line
Michael Morpurgo with Clare Mulley | War Stories
Emily Brand with Robert Sackville-West | The Fall of the House of Byron
James Lee, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Olivia Williams | Voices of History: Speeches that Changed the World by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Andrew Lownie with Julia Wheeler | The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves
Christopher Somerville and Andrew Ziminski with Julia Wheeler | The Stonemason: A History of Building Britain and Ships of Heaven: The Private Life of Britain’s Cathedrals
Sue Stuart-Smith with Marian Boswall | The Well-Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World
Asa Bennett with Andy Bell | Romanifesto: Modern Lessons from Classical Politics
Runner Up in 10-13 category: Jake Engstrom | The Man From the West read by Rachel Sellers
Runner Up in 7-9 category: Clara Johnston | It’s Chopping Up Time read by Rachel Sellers
Winner of 7-9 age category: George Downing | Candy Land read by Rachel Sellers
Winner of 10-13 age category: Bea Hester | A Narrow Escape read by Rachel Sellers
Tooth Mayhem by Molly Fisher
One Day in the Woods by Matilda Carey