The Wealden Literary Festival – coming soon

Diana Henry, Lucy Mangan and Tom Cox lead the author line up at the Wealden Literary Festival, Boldshaves Garden, Woodchurch, Kent on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018.

The Wealden Literary Festival is an enchanting weekend of words and ideas – a celebration of nature, place and creativity through literature, the arts and food.

Tickets for the 2018 Festival are now on sale via the festival website

Wealden has something for people of all ages and is proud to be a family friendly festival with entrance for children aged 14 and under being free.

Author events, creative workshops and secret fairytale adventures through the woods can all be booked via the website.

Set in the beautiful Boldshaves Garden near Tenterden in the Weald of Kent and the fields and wild woods that surround the gardens, Wealden Literary Festival brings together renowned authors, poets, artists and makers who look first and foremost to nature, wilderness and the spirit of place for inspiration. It has been endorsed by leading nature writers including Robert Macfarlane, Mark Cocker and Jay Griffiths.

On Saturday 30 June, award winning food writer, journalist and broadcaster Diana Henry will talk about her new cookery book How to Eat a Peach, a collection of seasonal menus inspired by a memory, place or mood.

Lucy Mangan, author of Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, will also be speaking on Saturday 30 June. In Bookworm, Lucy revisits her childhood reading with wit, love and gratitude. She relives our best beloved books, their extraordinary creators, and looks at the thousand subtle ways they shape our lives. She also disinters a few forgotten treasures to inspire the next generation of bookworms and set them on their way.

Sunday 1 July sees Sunday Times best selling author, Tom Cox speaking about his new book 21st Century Yokel which explores the way we can be tied inescapably to landscape, whether we like it or not, often through our family and our past. It is not quite a nature book, not quite a humour book, not quite a family memoir, not quite folklore, not quite social history, not quite a collection of essays, but a bit of all six.

Yuval Zommer, the acclaimed children’s author will be in the festival tent, talking about his widely acclaimed illustrated book, The Street Beneath My Feet. This double sided foldout book creates a visceral sense of a journey to the centre of the Earth as readers travel past storm drains, buried artefacts, a subway, and many layers of rock on their way to the planet’s inner core. Children are taken on a fascinating journey deep underground showing a hive of subterranean activity.

In addition to the programme of talks, the festival offers all ages the opportunity to take part in a series of creative writing and art workshops as well as woodland based activities and events such as bush craft, foraging and wildlife spotting. The festival’s artist in residence, Kate Linforth, will be exhibiting work inspired by the beautiful grounds and leading a series of art workshops for all ages.

The Festival also showcases the best of local craftspeople and food producers through a pop up market and features a campfire feast and woodland camping.

Andrew Willan, festival director, commented: ‘The festival essentially marries together three wonderful things – books, art and nature. We hope through the festival to nurture the links between people (and in particular children) and the natural world as nowadays all too many people lack the means to engage in any meaningful way with the outdoors. The natural world provides a wealth of opportunities for learning, creativity and discovery which the Festival embraces.

‘As the virtual world becomes increasingly dominant in our lives, time spent out of doors with opportunities to read, write, create and think has perhaps never before been so vital. By nurturing a love of the natural world, of literature and the arts, the Festival hopes to give not only individuals and communities, but also nature itself a real chance to flourish and to thrive.’

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