Bank Holiday weekend:
Sunday 30 April-Tuesday 2 May
ONLINE BOOKING OPENS
1ST MARCH 2017
TWO FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVES:
THE LAUNCH OF NEW BOOKS FROM BESTSELLING AUTHORS CONN IGGULDEN AND ALISON WEIR
The organisers of this year’s Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival in West Kent, sponsored by investment management company, Brooks Macdonald, are delighted to announce the launch of not one, but two NEW books from the acclaimed writers of historical fiction ALISON WEIR and CONN IGGULDEN.
Sunday 30 April sees a literary exclusive for Chiddingstone Castle with the launch of Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession; the latest in Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series. Drawing on the Boleyn family’s local links with Hever Castle and Chiddingstone, Alison will unveil an unforgettable portrait of the ambitious woman whose fate is so familiar, but whose true motivations are surprising. Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in the UK and has published seventeen history books and five historical novels.
On Monday 1 May Conn Iggulden gives an exclusive preview of his new novel I, Dunstan: Seven Kings and the Birth of England. The year is 937. England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords. The Wessex king Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, is readying himself to attack the north. Behind him stands Dunstan, the man who will control the destiny of the next seven kings of England, and the fate of an entire nation. Conn is author of the best-selling Emperor, Conqueror and Wars of the Roses series, and one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. He will be in conversation with Angus Donald, author of The Outlaw Chronicles; a series about the legendary hero Robin Hood who lives in Tonbridge.
With 22 authors appearing over the three days of the literary festival, highlights include appearances from Terry Waite, Rev Richard Coles, Artemis Cooper, Nicholas Crane and prize-winning children’s authors Piers Torday, Lauren St John and A F Harrold.
There’s something for everyone in our impressive line-up this year. We have authors of biography, memoir and musings; writers of fiction, historical and heroic; stories for children of nature, family and friends; lively storytelling shows and a musical theatre performance for all the family. From the making of the British landscape, to the history of the Great War, from good mood food to coping with bereavement, from Brexit and Trump to great lives well lived – we’ve got a surplus of literary treats lined up, and a few surprises.
Adult events will take place on Sunday, whilst Bank Holiday Monday sees a range of author events for all the family along with storytelling shows for children, a Comic Art Masterclass, Sock Puppet Shakespeare, a tour of Chiddingstone with a local historian and much more. Tuesday’s Schools Day offers local pupils the chance to hear top children’s authors inspire and celebrate reading and imagination.
Come for one event or stay all day. Enjoy delicious food from our vintage vans, tea and cakes from our tea rooms, drinks from the bar and Larkins beer. All tickets to the festival include free entry to the castle and its collections. We are delighted to welcome back Sevenoaks Bookshop as our festival booksellers, and look forward to hosting literacy charity Beanstalk for Kent and Book Activist Victoria Dilly. A huge thank you to all our supporters, generous sponsors and donors, volunteers and book-lovers for helping us bring some very special authors to this beautiful historic house in West Kent.
Press enquiries to Caroline Edmunds at Pennington PR on 01892 616647 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the Literary Festival contact Victoria Henderson email: email@example.com or visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literary-festival
Our full programme can be found here http://bit.ly/2lLMnYJ
OUR SPONSORS THIS YEAR:
With grateful thanks to all our sponsors and donors, including title sponsor Brooks Macdonald, Kent Community Foundation, Molly and David Borthwick, Waitrose Edenbridge, Knocker & Foskett Solicitors, Berry & Lamberts Solicitors, Larkins Brewery, RH&RW Clutton, Buzzacott Chartered Accountants, Betjeman Poetry Prize, Roland Legg Property Consultants, Scoop Magazine, Slightly Foxed Literary Quarterly, Chiddingstone Parish Council, Sevenoaks Bookshop, Consultus Care & Nursing, Harwoods Land Rover Edenbridge, Jigsaw South East, Chilstone Makers of Fine Stone, Olden Property Consulting, Beanstalk, the Book Activist, NFU Mutual, Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells
Notes to Editors:
Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival committee members:
Victoria Henderson – Literary Festivals Co-ordinator for Lovereading Ltd and previously held PR roles in publishing
Ali Ditzel – Director of Chiddingstone Castle
Mark Streatfeild – formerly Sales Director at Orion Publishing Group
Lisa Prifti – formerly advertising and sponsorship in TV and press
Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD. Registered Charity No 291203
T: 01892 870347 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk
About Brooks Macdonald
Brooks Macdonald Group plc, through its various subsidiaries, provides leading investment management services in the UK and internationally. The Group, which was founded in 1991 and began trading on AIM in 2005, had discretionary funds under management (FUM) of £9.33bn as at 31 December 2016.
Through its core divisions, Brooks Macdonald offers a range of investment management services to private high net worth individuals, pension funds, institutions, charities and trusts. The Group also provides financial planning as well as offshore fund management and administration services and acts as fund manager to regulated OEICs, providing specialist funds in the property and structured return sectors and managing property assets on behalf of these funds and other clients.
The Group has twelve offices across the UK and the Channel Islands including London, Tunbridge Wells, Edinburgh, Guernsey, Jersey, Hale, Hampshire, Leamington Spa, Manchester, Taunton and York.
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