June 30th & July 1st 2018 – Boldshaves Garden, Woodchurch, Kent

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“The Wealden Festival is a beautiful experience: convivial, generous, and profoundly hospitable to ideas and words and all who love them.”

Jay Griffiths, author of Kith and Wild

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Wealden Literary Festival

Our line-up of speakers for Sunday 1st July brings together some of our most cherished writers on nature and landscape.

Day 2 starts in the fields with Rosamond Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows, in conversation with Steve Hook, whose dairy herds were the subject of the Cannes Film Festival hit, The Moo Man.

Robert Winder explores the concept of “Englishness” in his fascinating book, The Last Wolf.

Tom Cox’s latest book, 21st Century Yokel, is an hilarious and thought-provoking reflection upon our relationship with place and the countryside.

Mark Cocker and Tim Dee, two of the most celebrated nature writers in the country, discuss the present state of UK wildlife.

Two excellent biographies of strikingly different ornithologists follow with Tim Birkhead (The Wonderful Mr Willughby) and Hetty Saunders (My House of Sky: the Life of JA Baker).

Katherine May’s life-affirming memoir, The Electricity of Every Living Thing, tells the story of the year in which Katherine comes to terms with an Asperger’s diagnosis.

The Kent-based poet, Elaine Randell, reads from her collection of poetry and prose, The Meaning of Things.

And the curtain closes with Helen Scales whose extraordinary book Eye of the Shoal explores life, the ocean and everything in between.
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