Welcome to BroadstairsLit

BroadstairsLit is a festival with a difference.

The town of Broadstairs, with its famed associations with Dickens and myriad of writerly connections, was long crying out for a literary extravaganza on its calendar and now it’s got one all year round!
The brainchild of Denise Martin-Harker and Broadstairs novelist Jane Wenham-Jones (later joined by Jacqui and Lee Wellbrook), BroadstairsLit was conceived to put on regular events, celebrating writing in all its forms. It launched with a sell-out ‘Cup of Tea with The Archers’ featuring scriptwriter Keri Davies, and two actors – Annabelle Dowler (Kirsty) and Trevor Harrison (Eddie Grundy) – from The Archers, in June 2017, and has since welcomed a string of guests, including the newly-ordained Jonathan Aitken; Archers actor Tim Bentinck, prolific journalist and Beatles biographer Hunter Davies and his daughter, the author Caitlin Davies; top romantic novelist Katie Fforde; scriptwriter and BAFTA nominated actor Johnny Harris with his Jawbone co-star Michael Smiley; Lucinda Hawksley great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens; actress and comedian Helen Lederer; acclaimed chef Chetna Makan; TV presenter and children’s author Dermot O’Leary, Archers actress Sunny Ormonde, national treasure Sir Tony Robinson; TV historian Hallie Rubenhold and the former hostage Terry Waite.

BroadstairsLit has teamed up with Waterstones to provide an opportunity to buy signed books at all events.

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In partnership with Sharp Printing Services, Broadstairs & St Peter’s Town Council , Kent County Council, Thorley Taverns and The Yarrow Hotel at East Kent College.

And thank you toThe Home Front Tea Room, Encade Photography, Sketchy Jamie-Artist, La De Da Boutique, Kent PA Hire, House of Martin, and Sharp Printing Services for their support.

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