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.
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.sevlitfest.com 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