Tim Glencross , author of the widely praised debut novel Barbarians, spoke about
fiction to a sold-
More buzz came with the arrival of the charismatic ‘bee man’ Professor Dave Goulson
of Sussex University to talk about the plight of the bumblebee and his book A Sting
In The Tale. Our audience went away enthused and bee-
Queen Victoria (or her statue) made her second appearance at a Literary Tea. This
time the theme was Royal Dining through the Ages with Suzanne Groom. Experts in
the audience at St Nicholas’ Undercroft lavished praise on the home-
Sarah Wise, on her second visit to Sevenoaks, presented her book on Victorian treatment
of ‘lunacy’ Inconvenient People at another sold-
We welcomed Scottish national poet Liz Lochhead, a star performer who charmed her
audience with effortless skill. Robert Sackville-
We were delighted once again to stage a free event for pupils from several town primary schools, with the help of Sevenoaks Town Council, one of our main sponsors. This year we welcomed What On Earth? Publishing for a thrilling presentation on William Shakespeare, backed by their new wall chart and featuring keen impromptu performances from audience members.
Our festival closed with another established visitor to our celebration, Ian Kelly, who talked about his brand new biography of Vivienne Westwood. Thanks to Ian for bringing along several Westwood creations and even allowing audience members to try them on. Yes, there were a few selfies taken.
We thank all our sponsors and supporters for another successful programme. Now our organising committee will soon be making plans for 2015.
Our 2014 Literary Celebration had a lot of buzz. That was largely down to our authors,
who delighted our audiences with a series of finely crafted talks. We opened with
SEVENOAKS LITERARY CELEBRATION 2014