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the re­de­vel­op­ment of the vis­i­tor cen­tre into a na­ture and well­be­ing cen­tre.

“They have de­signed a space that ad­dresses the sen­si­tiv­i­ties of the site but has the abil­ity to pro­vide the lo­cal com­mu­nity with a space they can use ef­fec­tively while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the well­be­ing ben­e­fits of con­nect­ing with na­ture.” See also page 155.

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Sevenoaks Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val

21 Septem­ber to 5 Oc­to­ber

There’s an­other all-star line-up at this year’s Sevenoaks Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val. From best-sell­ing nov­el­ists to mu­sic schol­ars, there will be some­thing to suit all tastes.

Au­thors in­clud­ing Se­bas­tian Faulks and Pa­trick Gale will be talk­ing about their lat­est nov­els and the ac­claimed con­duc­tor and his­to­rian Jane Glover will speak about her new book Han­del in Lon­don: The Mak­ing of a Ge­nius.

Gina Miller will dis­cuss her re­cently pub­lished book Rise, which en­cour­ages all cit­i­zens to en­gage in con­tem­po­rary is­sues, while Tessa Dun­lop will talk about the dra­matic ex­ten­sions of democ­racy achieved by women over the last 100 years in her book The Cen­tury Girls.

For bi­og­ra­phy fans, the guest at this year’s lit­er­ary tea is Vita Sackville-West’s grand­daugh­ter Vanessa Nicol­son. At the lit­er­ary lunch, Nell Stevens will in­ter­weave two lit­er­ary love sto­ries, her own and that of the Vic­to­rian au­thor Mrs Gaskell. I’m Fleur Sin­clair and as owner of the Sevenoaks Book­shop, my job is in­cred­i­bly var­ied. All the book­sell­ers in the shop have an enor­mous amount of read­ing to do in or­der to be able to ad­vise our cus­tomers.

We take a great deal of time and care choos­ing and order­ing books for stock, we do lots of craft work for our win­dow and shop dis­plays, we pre­pare sea­sonal read­ing lists, run writ­ers groups, book clubs, or­gan­ise and host au­thors events.

The Sevenoaks Book­shop first opened in 1948, so this year we’re cel­e­brat­ing the shop’s 70th birth­day. It has al­ways been in the same build­ing and we have lots

This year, the fes­ti­val is also in­tro­duc­ing the Young Read­ers Fes­ti­val Day with a sparkling range of speak­ers in­clud­ing Cres­sida Cow­ell, Emma Car­roll, Axel Sch­ef­fler and Emma Fis­chel, as well as many free events and ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and their fam­i­lies (see ‘Post­card’).

Venues be­ing used range from The Oaks Theatre at Knole Academy to Sevenoaks Methodist Church and St Ju­lians Club.

Full de­tails of the pro­gramme are avail­able at www.sevl­it­ of beau­ti­ful orig­i­nal curved shelv­ing. I’m only the fourth owner in 70 years.

Any­one own­ing an in­de­pen­dent book­shop would only ever do it for the love of books and read­ing, which makes for an in­dus­try of tremen­dously nice and hon­est peo­ple! We want to make sure cus­tomers are pleased with any ad­vice we give them, that they en­joy the books they buy from us and that they come back for more. Be­ing a com­mu­nity hub for read­ers and writ­ers is what we aim to be.

On 29 Septem­ber we’re run­ning the in­au­gu­ral Sevenoaks Young Read­ers Fes­ti­val with some re­ally ex­cit­ing au­thors, in­clud­ing Axel Sh­ef­fler and Cres­sida Cow­ell.

Sevenoaks is a re­ally nice town with a strong com­mu­nity of in­de­pen­dent shop­keep­ers.

There are lots of great in­de­pen­dent clothes bou­tiques, sell­ing lovely clothes and ac­ces­sories if you’re look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent.

And Sevenoaks Hard­ware is an in­sti­tu­tion. Marco’s Ital­ian restau­rant serves de­li­cious food and is great for both large groups and din­ing alone.

Cof­fee cul­ture and busi­ness go hand in hand in leafy Sevenoaks

Se­bas­tian Faulks is speak­ing at this year’s Sevenoaks Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val

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