Maidstone LitFest


Various Venues, Maidstone, Kent
Maidstone LitFest logo with sponsor logos


Discover the full lineup of events on the Maidstone LitFest page by clicking here!

A warm welcome to Maidstone’s first Literary Festival, brought to you by Maidstone Borough Council!

Join us for an exciting and varied programme of events for readers and book lovers of all ages. The festival features local writers alongside awardwinning, internationally bestselling authors, making Maidstone LitFest the place to be this October.

Meet your favourite authors as they talk about their books in stunning town-centre venues! Take part in creative workshops for aspiring writers and artists, bring your little ones to story and crafting events at the Kent History and Library Centre and try your hand at Manga with artist Chie Kutsuwada. Don’t miss out on tickets for festival headliners Lisa Jewell, Dorothy Koomson, and A F Steadman, author of the award-winning hit children’s series Skandar and the Unicorn Thief.

We look forward to seeing you at Maidstone LitFest, the first of many literary festivals to come!

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Tickets range from £0.00 - £12.00
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Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (2 Oct 2023 - 8 Oct 2023)



Mark Bateson for Maidstone LitFest GraphicARCHI’VE Imagined: Kent Archives Talk and Tour, MaidstoneJoin archivist Mark Bateson and take a tour behind the scenes at Kent Archives and Local History, followed by a workshop.

Waterstones presents More Than Words - LitFest GraphicMore Than Words: Story and Sign Event (Waterstones Presents), MaidstoneJoin Hannah Hughes, co-founder of the sign language charity More Than Words, for an interactive story time using Makaton sign language.

Graphic of S.J.Bennett with the book 'Murder Most Royal' for Maidstone LitFestS J Bennett: Murder at the Palace, MaidstoneJoin S J Bennett, bestselling author of the successful Her Majesty Investigates series, and follow the Queen from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace as she investigates mind-boggling crimes.

Dr Jane Shankar Graphic for Maidstone LitFestDr Jane Shankar Archive Mining (or never underestimating the power of serendipity), MaidstoneJoin Dr Jane Shankar as she talks about how the Kent Archives helped to shape her novel, Dode.

Carole Hailey with book 'The Silence Project' Graphic for Maidstone LitFestCarole Hailey, MaidstoneThe Silence Project by Carole Hailey is a powerful debut novel that explores what is it like to be the daughter of a woman who started a cult that changed the world.

Images of B P Walter & Fiona Cummins with their books graphic for Maidstone LitFestAn Evening with B P Walter & Fiona Cummins, MaidstoneJoin thriller authors B P Walter and Fiona Cummins as they discuss all things crime writing and their latest novels, Notes on a Murder and All of Us Are Broken.

Maggie Brookes and book 'Acts of Love and War' Graphic for Maidstone LitFestMaggie Brookes, MaidstoneInternationally acclaimed author Maggie Brookes discusses the true stories of love and courage which inspired her novels The Prisoner's Wife and Acts of Love and War, and how imagination fills the gaps in historical record. 

Image of Lisa Jewell with book 'None of This is True' graphic for Maidstone LitFestLisa Jewell: None of This is True, MaidstoneCelebrating her 45th birthday at her local pub, podcaster Alix Summers crosses paths with an unassuming woman called Josie Fair. Before she knows it Josie has inveigled her way into Alix’s life - and into her home.

Image of Mark Stay with book 'The Holly King' for Maidstone Lit festMark Stay You’ve Written a Novel. What Next?, MaidstoneWriter Mark Stay tells you everything you need to know about publishers, agents, advances, royalties, self-publishing and more. 

A F Steadman with two of her books for Maidstone LitFestA F Steadman – Skandar and The Unicorn Thief, MaidstoneInternationally bestselling author A F Steadman talks about the inspirations for her blockbuster hit series.

Kelly Weekes with logo graphic for Maidstone LitFestKelly Weekes: Building a marketing plan for your book, MaidstoneYou’ve written your book, but how do you find your ideal readers and tell them about your book? In this unmissable workshop, marketing expert Kelly Weekes explains the key stages of forming a marketing plan that really resonates with your audience. This event is part of Maidstone LitFest 2023.

J C Clarke with her book Spellboda in a graphic for Maidstone LitFestJ C Clarke, MaidstoneMeet J C Clarke, author of magical adventures Spellboda and Prophecy, as she reads from her latest book.

Picture of Gianna Pollero with her book Monster Doughnuts as a graphic for Maidstone LitFestGianna Pollero, MaidstoneMeet Gianna Pollero, author of the hilarious Monster Doughnuts series, as she reads from her book.

Picture of Stuart Heritage with his book 'Don't Say Elephant!' as a graphic for Maidstone LitFestStuart Heritage, MaidstoneAuthor Stuart Heritage will be appearing at Waterstones to sign copies of his fabulous picture book, Don’t Say Elephant!

Chie Kutsuwada Manga Art Graphic for Maidstone LitFestChie Kutsuwada Learn to draw Manga style, MaidstoneArtist Chie Kutsuwada will walk you through the history of Manga as you explore the unique nature of this popular Japanese art form before testing your own artistic skills.

Dorothy Koomson with her book My Other Husband as a graphic for Maidstone LitFestDorothy Koomson, MaidstoneJoin award-winning, internationally bestselling author of My Other Husband.

Julie Wassmer and Lisa Cutts with their books in a graphic for Maidstone LitFestAn Evening with Julie Wassmer and Lisa Cutts A Kentish Crime, MaidstoneMeet two local crime writers as they discuss how Kent locations have helped inspire their own crime fiction.

Jake R Wilson with his book in graphic for Maidstone LitFestJake R Wilson, MaidstoneArchaeologist and local author Jake R Wilson talks about The Pharaoh of Asco Express, the first book in his Cursed Tales series, and shows young readers how to make their own board game based on the Ancient Egyptian game of Senet.

Maidstone LitFest GraphicLocal Writers’ Showcase, MaidstoneMeet Maidstone-based writers who have published their own works and explore local talent and creative writing on your doorstep.

Lindsay Galvin with her book 'Call of the Titanic' graphic for Maidstone LitFestLindsay Galvin, MaidstoneBestselling children’s author Lindsay Galvin explores the inspiration for Call of the Titanic: the myth of Rigel, the Newfoundland dog, and the Captain who saw a Sea Monster.

Chloe Timms with her book 'The Seawomen' as a graphic for Maidstone LitFestChloe Timms Legends of the Sea, MaidstoneLocal author Chloe Timms discusses her watery folklore inspired debut novel, The Seawomen, and how she created a sense of place and atmosphere in her fictional island cult.

Picture of Hannah Moffatt and Chrissie Sains with their books as a graphic for Maidstone LitFestHannah Moffatt and Chrissie Sains – Waterstones Presents, MaidstoneJoin children’s authors Hannah Moffatt and Chrissie Sains as they discuss their hilarious books Small! and An Alien in the Jam Factory.

Lucy Strange and her book 'The Storm and the Minotaur' in a graphic for Maidstone LitFestLucy Strange The Storm and the Minotaur, MaidstoneJoin award-winning Kent author Lucy Strange for an adventure deep underground – to a world where a mythical monster comes to life, where children work in the darkness, and disaster is just about to strike...

Taylor-Dior Rumble and her book 'The Situtationship ' in a graphic for Maidstone LitFestTaylor-Dior Rumble The Situationship, MaidstoneJournalist and writer Taylor-Dior Rumble talks love, dating and South-East London in this hilarious, unputdownable romcom!

Maidstone LitFest GraphicLitFest Farewell, MaidstoneJoin the team who brought you the Maidstone LitFest 2023 for a wind-down celebration, chat and networking at Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre.

LitFest for Little Ones graphic with booksLitFest for Little Ones, MaidstoneLitFest for Little Ones is for children under 5 to enjoy free story times and crafts with various authors or take part in Rhyme Time as part of Maidstone LitFest 2023!

The Ultimate Double Event for WritersThe Ultimate Double Event for Writers with Mark Stay and Kelly Weekes, MaidstoneJoin us for the ultimate double event for writers! By popular demand, we are offering a discount when you book both workshops by Mark Stay and Kelly Weekes.

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