Chiddingstone Castle’s

VIRTUAL Literary Festival

PODCAST SERIES is now LIVE

Thank you for visiting this year’s virtual Literary Festival, where so many authors have kindly taken part in these extraordinary circumstances and conditions. Although we can’t bring you the beautiful house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle, the smell of coffee and freshly baked cakes, the crunch of the gravel, the buzz of excitement or the chatter in the queues, what we can still bring you are some wonderful conversations between our festival speakers, recorded as live and here for you to enjoy today and for the days, weeks and months to come.

The recordings are now LIVE and available for you to listen to free of charge. Simply scroll down and click on each event to listen. We will be adding more events, so please come back soon to see what’s new.

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.

We could not have made this possible 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 these podcasts 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.

Neil MacGregor with Sue Broom | Living with the Gods: The Gods that we Need

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Andrew Roberts with David Walsh | Churchill: Walking with Destiny

Tuesday 12th May 2020

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

Monday 11th May 2020

Alexandra Shulman with Louise Chunn | Clothes and Other Things That Matter

Saturday 9th May 2020

Joanna Trollope with Rowan Pelling | Mum & Dad

Saturday 9th May 2020

Maggie O’Farrell with Cathy Rentzenbrink | Hamnet

Saturday 9th May 2020

Peter James and John Sutherland with Angela Clarke | Writing Crime: Roy Grace – Find Them Dead and Crossing the Line

Saturday 9th May 2020

Michael Morpurgo with Clare Mulley | War Stories

Saturday 9th May 2020

Emily Brand with Robert Sackville-West | The Fall of the House of Byron

Saturday 9th May 2020

James Lee, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Olivia Williams | Voices of History: Speeches that Changed the World by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Saturday 9th May 2020

Andrew Lownie with Julia Wheeler | The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves

Saturday 9th May 2020

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

Saturday 9th May 2020

Sue Stuart-Smith with Marian Boswall | The Well-Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World

Saturday 9th May 2020

Asa Bennett with Andy Bell | Romanifesto: Modern Lessons from Classical Politics

Saturday 9th May 2020

Grateful Thanks To Our Sponsors