A weekend dedicated to the joy of books, writing and reading.
The inaugural Festival took place on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October 2016 and was a huge success. The next two day full festival will be on Friday 28th September and Saturday 29thSeptember 2018 and the line-up so far is looking amazing!
FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER Teena Lyons - Writing Workshops: What is 'ghost writing' and how it works, plus how to craft a well written book, 'polish and publish'. Johnny Duddle - Harry Potter artist and illustrator Natasha Farrant - children's author, 'Lydia the Wild Girl of Pride andPrejudice', 'After Iris', 'All About Pumpkin' and many more. Vanessa Altin - journalist and author of 'The Pomegranate Tree' Davina McCall - television presenter and writer, 'Lessons I've Learned', 'Davina's Smart Carbs', Davina's Sugar-Free' Jeremy Vine - broadcaster, presenter, journalist and author, 'It's All News to me', 'What I Leant: What My Listeners Say and Why We Should Take Notice'. SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER Joe Craig - children's author, the 'Jimmy Coates' series Jane Thynne - author, the 'Clara Vine' series Ann Morgan - journalist and author, non fiction 'Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer', fiction 'Beside Myself' Alison Weir - historian and novelist
Watch this space for news of more authors added to the 2018 programme
Meanwhile in 2017 here's what we did... The Cranbrook Big Book Swap took place on World Book Night in April and over 50 people popped into The George in Cranbrook during the early evening for some beer and books and wine and words. Titles were swapped for new reading material with plenty of chat about recommended reads, top titles and awesome authors! The second Cranbrook Big Book Swap was held in July and provided and opportunity for book lovers to update their summer holiday reading. On Wednesday September 27th, historian and novelist Alison Weir visited Cranbrook to discuss her novel 'Innocent Traitor', based on the life of Lady Jane Grey. This was a sell-out event in a packed Vestry Hall and Alison gave a fabulous talk about her writing, illustrating beautifully the immense knowledge she has of the Tudors, and reading passages from 'Innocent Traitor'. We look forward to welcoming Alison back to Cranbrook in the not too distant future!