About WhitLit


A festival of literary delights by the sea in one of the prettiest towns in the country.

Big names and new voices celebrate independent spirit and fascinating subjects.


WhitLit was established in 2014 by Whitstable native Victoria Falconer.

The festival presents author events, family activities and workshops all set in the beautiful seaside setting of Whitstable in Kent.  From poetry to crime, memoir, music, art, history, film, pop culture and everything in between, WhitLit’s mission is to inspire, educate and entertain.

Now firmly established event on the Kent cultural calendar, WhitLit has welcomed many literary and cultural luminaries including Susan Hill, Kate Mosse, Joanne Harris, David Nicholls, Louis de Bernieres, Michele Roberts, Helen Dunmore, Patrick Gale, Alison Weir,  Jenny Boyd, John Gordon Sinclair, Jenny Uglow, Lynn Barber, Kate Adie, Sandi Toksvig, Steve Cole, Martin Bell, alongside many new and emerging voices and local authors.

The festival also highlights Kent’s considerable literary heritage celebrating writers including W.Somerset Maugham (who grew up in the town), Ian Fleming and Vita Sackville-West, with talks and events featuring family members and biographers including Selina Hastings, Vanessa Nicolson, Robert Sackville West,  Andrew Lycett, Victoria Glendinning and Matthew Parker.

WhitLit has been featured in the national media including The Sunday Times, Radio 4 extra, The Independent and The Evening Standard.

WhitLit’s sister festival WhitFood arrived in 2016 with restaurant events, talks, book signings and tastings featuring Angela Hartnett, Jose Pizarro, Stephen Harris (The Sportsman), Skye Gyngell, Drew Smith and Dan Doherty and will continue to celebrate the town’s culinary heritage.


What the authors say:

It was a real pleasure to meet so many enthusiastic readers – David Nicholls.
It was an absolute treat to be at WhitLit, we’d love to come back! I hope the festival is the terrific success it deserves to be – Peter James
Such a good festival, we all LOVED Whitstable and had an amazing time – Penny Vincenzi 
It was thrilling and moving for me and my mother to see my father’s play
(At the Villa Mauresque) come to life in this way. Many thanks for putting it on and promoting it so well. I sense the festival will go from strength to strength – Quentin Curtis
It was so gratifying to have such a big and responsive audience and a real treat to spend time in such a lovely place– Patrick Gale
The festival is quite extraordinary. I take my hat off to the organisers I help run another literary festival and I looked at the Whitstable one because it’s got so much absolutely spot on and it has got fantastic guests coming along. The town should be proud of it. I’m very impressed by the amount of work everybody involved has put in to make it happen – Robert Daws.

 Congratulations for creating something wonderful with a good heart Kerry Fowler

The event was a joy and a real pleasure to be part of. Beautiful to see all sorts of clever, interesting people assembled – Andrew Clover

WhitLit is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.