Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival - Amelia

Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival lands Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th May!

Calling all bookworms and literature enthusiasts! The Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival approaches soon from Thursday, May 9th to Sunday, May 12th, promising four days of literary magic. Immerse yourself in 4 days of captivating talks, readings, and lively discussions with renowned authors across various genres (over 60 events!).

If you're a history buff there's Tracy Borman or crave a heartfelt memoir there's Michael Palin, there's a session to spark every literary interest and for all ages, with Rob Biddulph and Liz Pichon set to thrill younger audiences. And new this year, the festival offers a delightful culinary twist!  Award-winning chefs, including Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar, will tantalize your taste buds with their culinary knowledge amidst the picturesque Calverley Grounds.

So come hungry for both literary inspiration and delicious treats!

Or download the festival guide here.

Biography and Memoir

Book Michael Ball - Different Aspects
Thu 09 May, 7.30pm  
  Book Michael Palin - Great-Uncle Harry
Fri 10 May, 7.30pm
  Book Lenny Henry - Rising to the Surface
Sat 11 May, 7.30pm

Book Suzi Ronson - Me and Mr Jones: My Life with David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars
Sat 11 May, 1.00pm
Book Michael Mansfield KC
- The Power In The People
Sun 12 May, 4.30pm

Chef's Table

Book Will Devlin - Farm to Fork Eating
Sat 11 May, 1.15pm
  Book Atul Kochhar - Curry Everyday
Sat 11 May, 2.30pm

Book A Taste of the Season - Professional Chef Panel Exploring Local and Seasonal Produce
Sat 11 May, 3.45pm

Wellbeing and Sustainability

Book Liz Earle - A Better Second Half
Fri 10 May, 5.00pm
  Book Clare Pooley - The Sober Diaries/How to Age Disgracefully
Sat 11 May, 11.00am
Book Allie Bailey - There Is No Wall
Sun 12 May, 11.00am

Book Jon Alexander - Citizens: Why The Key To Fixing Everything Is All Of Us
Sun 12 May, 12.00pm

Children's and Young Adult Fiction

Book Liz Pichon - Tom Gates Series
Thu 09 May, 10.00am
Book Anita Mangan - The Day I Fell Down The Toilet
Sat 11 May, 10.00am
  Book Alex Brooks - Why, oh why, am I a Crocodile & Insects, Bugs & Rock 'n' Roll
Sat 11 May, 10.30am & 2.00pm

Book Pete Williamson - Stitch Head
Sat 11 May, 12.30pm
  Book Rob Biddulph - #DrawWithRob
Sat 11 May, 2.00pm

Book Adam Stower - Murray and Bun
Sun 12 May, 12.00pm
  Book Laura Noakes - Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star
Sun 12 May, 1.30pm
  Book Simon James Green & Charlie Kristensen - Boy Like Me
Thu 09 May, 4.15pm


Book Comedy Uncorked
Sat 11 May, 7.00pm
  Book Gin and Jazz
Fri 10 May, 7.00pm
  Green Living Sunday
Sun 12 May, All Day


Book Cathy Newman - The Ladder: Life Lessons From Women Who Have Scaled The Heights and Dodged The Snakes
Sat 11 May, 2.00pm

Factual, Art and History

Book Tracy Borman - Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I: The Mother and Daughter Who Changed History
Thu 09 May, 6.00pm
Book Carolyn Mendelsohn
- Being Inbetween
Sun 12 May, 4.00pm

Book Speech Bubbles with Adam Power-Annand
Sat 11 May, 11.00am


Book Rosie Hewlett - Medea
Fri 10 May, 6.00pm
  Book Mat Osman - The Ghost Theatre
Sat 11 May, 3.00pm

Crime and True Crime

Book Local Crime Fiction Author Panel
Sun 12 May, 2.00pm
  Book Peter James - They Thought I was Dead
Sat 11 May, 4.00pm
  Book Rosemary Shrager - Too Many Cooks
Sat 11 May, 12.15pm


Book Geoff Norcott - A British Bloke Decoded
Fri 10 May, 7.30pm


Book Fiona Bennett, Roxy Dunn & Sarah Salway - Poems as Friends
Sun 12 May, 12.30pm
  Book Poetry for the Planet
Sun 12 May, 2.30pm


Over the coming weeks, the full cast of authors and illustrators will be revealed, ranging from internationally acclaimed industry veterans to the local, the young and the new, and it promises once again to be a festival that truly delivers something for everyone!

The Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival is generously supported by Arts Council England (ACE), Royal Tunbridge Wells Together, Maxipay Accounting Services, and Berry and Lamberts Solicitors.

Thank you to our Festival Friends, Maddisons Residential, Good & Green, and Thrive Living.

Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival
Tunbridge Wells
09 May 24 - 12 May 24

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