Welcome to WhitLit 2017



Welcome to the fourth WhitLit. This year our festival has a new setting at Whitstable Castle and gardens to tie in with our theme of Vita Sackville West and horticulture.

We are delighted to present several Vita themed events featuring Vanessa Nicolson and Robert Sackville West as well as welcoming Vita’s acclaimed biographer Victoria Glendinning who worked closely with Vita’s son, Nigel Nicolson on her book. We will also host events with Sissinghurst Head Gardener Troy Smith and garden author Jenny Uglow, both in conversation with garden writer Francine Raymond, whilst Travis Elborough will be enlightening us all with his fascinating history of public parks.

Our town read is ‘All Passion Spent’, Vita’s most celebrated novel and we welcome you all to our free book debate about it at the festival hosted by Val Hennessy.

There are plenty of other subjects and speakers that we hope will interest you from crime thrillers to memoir, poetry and music. We’ve Booker shortlisters, well-known names, local writers and emerging voices.

Kent Festival of Writing continues on Saturday 8 April at the Community College Whitstable and our headline author talk by Stella Duffy will be open to the public as a stand-alone event.

As ever, I am extremely grateful to all of our appearing authors, speakers, their publishers and event hosts for agreeing to be part of our programme and giving up their time to support us.

Once again we thank the generosity of our sponsors and partners who we are proud to work with: the Community College Whitstable, Driftwood Beachhouse B&B, Harbour Books, Copperfields & Samphire restaurant.

Many thanks also to our supporters: Canterbury Arts Council as well as Whitstable Community College for letting us use their fantastic spaces.

Special thanks to Sue Bassett Myers, co-director of the Kent Festival of Writing, Mel Green and Nancy Clark our event managers, as well as our fantastic event stewards. Deep appreciation is also extended to: Ted Bassett Myers, Ana Gibson, Kathryn Gee, Kim Rowlands from CCW, Keith Dickson and Liz Waller from Harbour Books, JP Creton, Marnie Summerfield Smith, Val Hennessy, Julie Wassmer, Mark Falconer, Roger and Linda Annable.

Victoria Falconer, Director, WhitLit

WhitLit is a not for profit community interest company.