Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2020

May Bank Holiday - Thursday 7th May to Sunday 10th May 2020

Cancellation of Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2020

With great sadness we announce that this year’s Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival (7th – 10th May 2020) is cancelled. Victoria Henderson, Artistic Director, commented: ‘It is with deep regret that, given the continued concern and uncertainty about the spread of the coronavirus, we have no choice but to cancel this year’s festival. Our primary concern is for the health of our visitors, authors, sponsors, schoolchildren, festival staff and volunteers. This follows the government’s advice “in line with the social distancing guidance it is advised that large gatherings should not take place”’.

This advice has come through in the week when we had planned to launch this year’s ticket sales for our biggest and best festival yet. Rather than waste this tremendous line-up of authors and books, can we suggest you use the programme as a recommended reading list? If you are self-isolating please place any orders for books with Sevenoaks Bookshop by email: or call 01732 452055. They will shortly be launching their online bookshop with a dedicated page for our literary festival authors’ books. Watch out on social media for the link to share. They are delivering free to those in the Sevenoaks Town area and by post to all others.

To boost morale, we also intend to record some of the planned conversations between our authors for release online during the quarantine period. So please keep an eye on our social media, website and newsletter updates for further information.

All tickets for the Schools Day will be refunded in full.

As a charity the organisers hope that Friends and Sponsors will maintain their current support for the festival in 2021. We are looking at ways to ensure a future for the festival so any donations will be gratefully accepted.  Please contact Clare Proctor on or call 01892 870347.

Meanwhile, please enjoy browsing the programme of the Festival we worked so hard to bring you in May – we hope it will inspire you to continue to support us. We will update you on further news as soon as we are able.

Stay safe and take care.

Best wishes from the Literary Festival Team

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Previous Years’ Authors, Books, Workshops and Podcasts

Click on the buttons below to see the highlights and listen to podcasts of previous years’ events. We have hosted many engaging authors and experts such as Ian Rankin, Rev. Richard Coles, Adam Kay, Anna Pasternak, Joanne Harris, Diana Henry, Sandy Gall, Kate Mosse, Evan Davis and more.