Wealden Literary Festival, Kent
Will Ross, June 23, 2017
Now in its second year, the Wealden Literary Festival remains a little known yet enchanting event on the circuit of travel and nature writing. The Festival takes place in the most appropriate setting, far out of the city alongside a babbling stream in the depths of the Kent countryside in England on 15th and 16th July.
Speakers for 2017 include Nicholas Crane, author of The Making of British Landscape, Jay Griffiths, author of Wild: An Elemental Journey, among a range of a dozen others.
While the schedule of renowned speakers is bound to draw a crowd, the combination of the natural environment and outdoor activities encourage the participation of a younger demographic.
Last year’s event witnessed excited youngsters discovering small species and fauna through foraging courses, nature trails and craft workshops. This year, children under the age of 13 years go free – welcome news for the more aged lovers of the genre.
The Wealden Literary Festival also promises a gourmet offering with cakes, coffees, ice cream and pizza fuelling attendees until the inspired wine and beer orders start coming in.
Days tickets are cracking value – £35, while tickets can also be purchased for individual speakers at a reduced rate.