At the Festival this year, we are delighted to have Hope Fitzgerald and Tanya Shadrick, respectively Wealden’s artist and writer in residence for 2019.

Hope Fitzgerald is an artist, videographer and photographer based in Faversham, Kent. She has spent the past few months visiting to Boldshaves Garden as inspiration for her latest project. Over the course of the Festival weekend, she will be leading book-binding and design workshops for all ages incorporating designs inspired by natural materials from the Festival site.

Tanya Shadrick is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Editor of Watermarks and Wild Woman Swimming (which has been longlisted for the prestigious Wainwright Prize 2019) and creator of Wild Patience mile of writing. Her mentor, David Nash, has said: “Tanya creates intriguing space in public places where the curious find themselves engaging in a writer’s practice and volunteering their own stories to be woven into her work.” Over the weekend of the Festival, Tanya will be leading writing workshops inviting you to delve deep into childhood memories of your attachment to place and explore the meaning and significance of ‘kith’, or your local acre.