Chiddingstone Castle’s

VIRTUAL Literary Festival

Podcast Series 2020

Thank you for visiting this year’s virtual Literary Festival, where so many authors have kindly taken part in these extraordinary circumstances and conditions. We have now recorded every one of our adult events from our 2020 programme – a feat not many other festivals this year can claim! These are all now LIVE and available for you to listen to free of charge. Simply scroll down and click on each event to listen.

We have also added recordings of the two winners of our Children’s Short Story Competition, read by Rachel Sellers. The recordings of the runners up will be added shortly.  The winners of the best Illustration prizes are shown below:

Tooth Mayhem by Molly Fisher

One Day in the Woods by Matilda Carey

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.

Winner of 7-9 age category: George Downing | Candy Land read by Rachel Sellers

Friday 3rd July 2020

Winner of 10-13 age category: Bea Hester | A Narrow Escape read by Rachel Sellers

Friday 3rd July 2020

Lara Prior-Palmer and Georgie Codd | Rough Magic and We Swim to the Shark

Thursday 25th June 2020

William Sieghart with Ana Sampson | The Poetry Pharmacy

Monday 8th June 2020

Tom Holland with Andy Bell | Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind

Sunday 31st May 2020

Paul Conroy with Julia Wheeler | Under the Wire

Sunday 31st May 2020

Clare Mulley with Sam Leith | The Women who flew for Hitler

Sunday 31st May 2020

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

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