Recent Events

Being David Archer, with Tim Bentinck and Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Archer)


Great fun and a packed house at the Pavilion Broadstairs on Thursday 21st July 2018 as we welcomed Tim Bentinck (David Archer) and Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy) from The Archers. David read a hilarious excerpt from his book entitled “Being David Archer” and carried out book signings afterwards for delighted audience members. Both our stars, with a little help from interviewer Jane Wenham-Jones, demonstrated the sound effects methods used to recreate a lamb being born, using lots of yoghurt and various other unusual props! Sunny demonstrated Lillian’s laugh, which will be very familiar to listeners of The Archers. One lucky audience member won a signed copy of a cover of The Borchester Echo, specially created for the event. A wonderful night to remember.

What did Tim have to say about the evening?
“the most relaxed interview I’ve done so far….. so many of the questions were original and thoughtful…”  Tim Bentinck (David Archer) 2018

James Brown – Extra Time


11th May 2018; one evening was not enough for the many stories this man had to share … and to think it all started from being a milkman who at 21 landed his dream job as NME Features Editor .

James grew up in the streets of Headingley, Leeds alongside Leeds and England player Allan Clarke, played five-a-side with everyone from Spandau Ballet to the Sex Pistols and once played on Robbie Williams’ football pitch at his home in Los Angeles. He shared with us how football has been a constant in his life – throughout his time at NME, Loaded magazine – which he founded and his time at GQ. We were all touched by the way James talked about football and it’s ability to bring people from all walks of life together – his book  Above Head Height was born after the sudden death of one of his long-standing team mates – leading Brown to ponder the unique bond between men who meet only to play football and know nothing of each other beyond pitch prowess. The book has been nominated for ‘Outstanding Sports Book of the Year’

“Football is a way for men to get together – especially when they are older,” said Brown. “It’s an opportunity to chat, laugh and feel part of something.”

In this modern world where people often feel isolated this message is so important and positive, and though we enjoyed many a tale and laugh with James that underlying sentiment made it a special evening.

Listen here to our very own Denise Martin-Harker being interviewed by Jez Hulme about Jame’s book, Above head Height.

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A Life in the Day
with Hunter and Caitlin Davies

When you have a guest who has been a journalist and author for 60 years and written 97 books – there are bound to be stories to tell.
On 6th April 2018 we met Hunter Davies and were treated to anecdotes about how his career started, his friendship with Sir Paul McCartney and the difficulties that face a ghost writer of autobiographies.
And with daughter Caitlin also a successful author and skillfully embellishing Dad’s stories of family moments it was a wonderful insight into life in a ‘writing household’ – Hunter’s late wife was the novelist Margaret Forster – so writing was definitely part of family life. Caitlin also shared snippets from her latest book ‘Bad Girls’ a fascinating book researching the famous women’s prison – Holloway.
An evening with the Davies duo was not long enough, but thoroughly enjoyed.

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No Cunning Plan – Sir Tony Robinson


The people of Broadstairs welcomed a ‘National Treasure’ and a Knight on 10 March 2018 and were thoroughly rewarded with stories from how he started his career in Oliver at the age of 13 on stage with the legend ‘Ron Moody’ to the story of receiving his knighthood.
And we were treated to stories of other legendary encounters with ‘The Duke’ John Wayne – yes Sir Tony was in a film with him … the stories could have gone on and on.
Fascinating, fun and thoroughly entertaining with everything from Baldrick (Black Adder) and Time Team to his latest project visiting Britain’s Cathedrals – we didn’t want him to leave!

As one of the audience said ‘Isn’t it wonderful when you meet someone you’ve watched and enjoyed on TV all your life and they are great in real life too’

Afterwards Sir Tony stayed for a book signing with a long line of happy fans!

Broadstairs was still smiling a week later – and as Sir Tony said ‘What Laffs we’ve had!’

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The Perfect Match with Katie Fforde and Jo Thomas


We were delighted to welcome Award winning Romantic novelists Katie and Jo to Broadstairs on 16th February 2018.  The Yarrow was the the perfect setting for our romantic theme serving pink prosecco, delicious canapes and hand-made chocs.

Katie and Jo told stories of the research trips they have embarked on together for their books, which had us all in fits of laughter and wishing we could go with them. One of the audience said they should turn their trips into a TV series – so entertaining.

Both authors inspired us by sharing how they started their writing careers and advised budding writers to never give up – keep trying – keep going. Katie Fforde said of the event ‘We really enjoyed it and we think BroadstairsLit will become THE place to go’.

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Supper and Chaat with Chetna Makan


We had 105 people at The Yarrow Hotel for our first event of 2018 – a marvellous three course meal cooked by Broadstairs’ own Chetna Makan, star of Great British Bake Off, and the team at The Yarrow. The evening was rounded off with Chetna being interviewed by Jane Wenham-Jones, Q&A from the audience and a book signing.



On the 29th October 2017 110 locals and visitors packed The Palace Cinema in Broadstairs to see the highly acclaimed Brit Film –‘Jawbone’ starring Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane.

The film was nominated for a BAFTA and 7 other British Independent film awards.

Afterwards there was a reception at The Pavilion where the star and writer of the film Johnny Harris, and co-star Michael Smiley took were ‘In Conversation’ with Denise Martin-Harker.

Johnny Harris said ‘This is one of the best interviews and Q+A’s we’ve done for the film – Thank you so much’

The evening raised £1500 for local charity The Broadstairs Town Shed

At the end of the successful event actor Michael Smiley said “What a fantastic night, What a fantastic community – the way you support each other is humbling. We’re so proud to have helped in any way’.

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Harlots & Hangers-on


110 people turned up for our Harlots & Hangers-on event with Lucinda Hawksley and Hallie Rubenhold. The audience were beguiled with stories from the 18th and 19th century of pimps, poverty, prostitution, gossip and scandal….what more can one hope for on a Sunday afternoon while enjoying a cream tea!

Thank you to The Dickens Declaimers for setting the scene on Sunday at the event, and a big thank you to The Broadstairs Dickens Fellowship for sponsoring this event.
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A Cup Of Tea With The Archers


A selection of pictures from our first event – A Cup Of Tea With The Archers – at The Pavilion, Broadstairs on 21st June, 2017. We were joined by Keri Davies (scriptwriter), Annabelle Dowler (who plays Kirsty Miller) and Trevor Harrison (Eddie Grundy).

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