Started in 2018 Faversham Literary Festival offers a week-long programme that is eclectic, thought-provoking and fun, with jam-packed events and plenty of rabble-rousing energy! It offers an exciting mix of well-known authors, leading thinkers, up-and-coming writers, and local talent, plus writing competitions for all ages, workshops, spoken word, slam poetry, children’s and family events. The quality and scope of the programme is what gets us excited and makes it a festival that people want to come to.
Among the well-known authors we have welcomed to Faversham are Joanne Harris, Tim Marshall, John Cooper Clarke, Keith Brymer Jones, Hollie McNish, Michael Rosen, Jenni Murray, Lemn Sissay, Deborah Levy, Martin Bell, Jo Brand, Will Self, Lionel Shriver, Sarah Perry, Jenny Eclair, John Hegley, Tracey Thorn, Iain Sinclair, Gavin Esler, Viv Albertine, Stephen Morris, Melissa Harrison, Horatio Clare and many more.
The festival works with two local charities, hosting specific events to help raise funds for Abbey Physic Community Garden, and Faversham and Villages Refugee Solidarity Group. We run a schools’ outreach programme with creative competitions for children and students, and offering opportunities for young adults to get involved.
The literary festival brings thousands of visitors to Faversham and offers something for everyone. Key to its success is the support of local people who turn out in their droves to help make it happen – the volunteers and helpers, venue staff, cake bakers and caterers, and the all-important audience!
Saturday 18th February
12:00pm – 2:00pm Writing workshop with Louise Willder
3:00pm – 5:00pm Memoir workshop with Marnie Summerfield Smith