Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2020

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

Meet awe-inspiring authors, join wondrous workshops, see eclectic entertainment and sample fabulous food and drink at our fifth and best festival so far from Thursday 7 May to Sunday 10 May 2020.  Over the four days, we present a full programme of talks, workshops, tastings, as well as a special drinks event at nearby Stonewall Park.

The line-up so far includes renowned War Horse author Michael Morpurgo who leads our family day on Bank Holiday Friday, along with workshops from festival favourites Aardman Animations and musical performances by Pericles Theatre Company, both back by popular demand.

Maggie O’Farrell, the awarding-winning novelist, joins us to talk about her latest book, Hamnet, based on the true story of Shakespeare’s son who died aged 11.

Ex-Editor-in-Chief of UK Vogue, Alexandra Shulman shares insights from her book Clothes and Other Things That Matter.

Best-selling historians Tom Holland and Andrew Roberts discuss their latest books, Dominion and Churchill: Walking With Destiny respectively.

Watch this space and pre-register below for latest news and booking priority.

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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.