Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy with a young fan at Sevenoaks School.
Sir Sherard Cowper-
Jessica Fellowes (niece of Julian and ‘chronicler’ of Downton Abbey) at our literary lunch at St Julian’s Club.
Actor and lecturer Karin Fernald who entertained us with readings from Jane Austen's teenage writings at our literary tea held in the undercroft of St Nicholas' Church. Tickets sold out long in advance as our book festival's homemade cakes have a high reputation!
Henry Hitchings, author of Sorry! The English and Their Manners, signing books in the Plaza Suite.
Justin Cartwright, author of the new novel Lion Heart, was interviewed by Boyd Tonkin, literary editor of
Simon Brett, author of around 90 books, mostly light detective fiction. Simon talked about his career under the title Tickled To Death, describing how he started as a light entertainment producer at the BBC before going on to create the actor detective Charles Paris.
Diana Souhami, author of Murder at Wrotham Hill, chats to a reader after a packed event at the Ship Theatre. Some in the audience remembered the grisly 1946 murder which is the subject of her book.
Our closing event featured novelist Jonathan Coe talking about his new novel Expo58. He was interviewed by Sevenoaks author Chris Greenhalgh.
Children's author Derek Smith entertained several hundred pupils from local primaries