Books and na­ture at the art of fes­ti­val

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - EVENTS -

Aweek­end of words and wilder­ness fairy­tale ad­ven­tures is on of­fer in the heart of the Kent coun­try­side.

The Wealden Literary Fes­ti­val starts on Satur­day, June 30 with food writer and broad­caster Diana Henry talk­ing about her new cook­ery book – How to Eat a Peach. Lucy Man­gan, au­thor of Book­worm: A Mem­oir of Child­hood Read­ing, will also be speak­ing.

On Sun­day, July 1, best­selling au­thor Tom Cox will be dis­cussing his new book 21st Cen­tury Yokel, which ex­plores how we can be tied in­escapably to land­scape, through our fam­ily and past. The same day, ac­claimed chil­dren’s au­thor Yu­val Zom­mer will be in the fes­ti­val tent, talk­ing about his il­lus­trated book, The Street Be­neath My Feet, a fold­out book that cre­ates a deep un­der­ground journey to the cen­tre of the Earth.

There will be cre­ative writ­ing and art work­shops as well as wood­land-based ac­tiv­i­ties and events such as bushcraft, for­ag­ing and wildlife spot­ting while artist in res­i­dence, Kate Lin­forth, will be ex­hibit­ing work in­spired by the grounds and lead­ing a se­ries of art work­shops.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor An­drew Wil­lan said: “The fes­ti­val es­sen­tially mar­ries to­gether three won­der­ful things; books, art and na­ture. We hope through the fes­ti­val to nur­ture the links between peo­ple (and in par­tic­u­lar chil­dren) and the nat­u­ral world as nowa­days all too many peo­ple lack the means to en­gage in any mean­ing­ful way with the out­doors.

“As the vir­tual world be­comes in­creas­ingly dom­i­nant in our lives, time spent out of doors with op­por­tu­ni­ties to read, write, cre­ate and think has per­haps never be­fore been so vital.

“It is a thrill to see the fes­ti­val tak­ing root and flour­ish­ing.”

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor An­drew Wil­lan and artist Kate Lin­forth

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