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Tragedy inspires an animal tale

India Brown as Lilly with Frank in Running Wild

28 May 2017

The tragedy of the 2004 tsunami is brought to life in a children's show of Michael Morpurgo’s book, Running Wild, featuring life-sized puppets.

Page turners at "green fingered" festival

Vita Sackville West, author and world famous gardener of Sissinghurst Castle will be celebrated at this year's WhitLit festival

10 May 2017

Some big literary hitters will be at the fourth WhitLit festival, celebrating Kent's status as the Garden of England, this weekend.

Dickens: the campaigner

Dickens festival parade in Rochester High Street

06 May 2017

The campaigning journalism behind the stories of Charles Dickens is being highlighted in a new exhibition.

Deadline extended for book review contest

Phil Gallagher (star of CBeebies' Mister Maker) and KM Charity Team mascot Ted the bear.

02 May 2017

Youngsters still have the chance to win top prizes for writing a brilliant book review.

The real Secret Garden

Great Maytham Hall in Rolvenden

23 April 2017

Can you keep a secret? There’s a garden in Kent which sparked a classic children’s novel, and it hosts a rare public gardens open day this week.

The pint-sized revolution that started in Kent

The Past and Present micropub in Gillingham

09 April 2017

Micropubs are coming to a cafe, shop or even garden shed near you, and a new book charts the mini revolution which started in Kent.

From Bake Off to her own show: Mary Berry's back

Mary Berry is back on our screens and on the bookshelves with her cookbook, Everyday by Mary Berry Picture: PA/Georgia Glynn-Smith/BBC Books

18 March 2017

From the Great British Bake Off to her own new show at the age of 81, the popular judge promises she’s not slowing down.

I escaped the Moors Murderers: one Kent man's tale

Medway-based author Tommy Rhattigan, author of 1963: A Slice of Bread and Jam

05 March 2017

A poverty-stricken childhood and a schoolboy's brush with the Moors Murderers is part of a new book by a Kent man.

Be the star of World Book Day today

Cameron and Hector dress up for Julia Donaldson's book Stick Man at Leeds and Broomfield School last year Picture: Gary Browne

02 March 2017

Schoolchildren - and teachers - across the county will be heading to school in costume today for World Book Day - and we want your pictures.

Be the star of World Book Day

James Taylor as the Mad Hatter from Year 4 at Broadwater Down Primary School in Tunbridge Wells

02 March 2017

Check out pictures sent in for World Book Day! Could your child star on our special page?


Feisty and fantastic Mr Fox comes to the stage

Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic: Fantastic Mr Fox is coming to Dartford

24 February 2017

Three greedy farmers and one feisty fox: one of Roald Dahl's best-loved stories, Fantastic Mr Fox, comes to the Kent stage.

Spot the Gruffalo - and take a selfie - thanks to new app

The Gruffalo Spotter app - try it out at Jeskyns in north Kent

22 February 2017

Families can head into the deep, dark woods...and find The Gruffalo and friends, with a new Gruffalo Spotter app.

Learn to look after - and love - The Bear

What child wouldn't want their own bear?

01 February 2017

Raymond Briggs' much-loved storybook The Bear comes to life on stage in Canterbury this weekend.

Book in for a wickedly magical night

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter takes part in a game of quidditch. Picture: Warner Bros.

25 January 2017

Grab your wand as the wonderful world of Harry Potter comes to Kent for magic nights to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the first book.

'I’m more powerful, and fabulous than ever'

Publishers have ditched plans for a book by Milo Yiannopoulos. Picture: Mike Allen

15 January 2017

Controversial speaker Milo isn’t known for his modesty - now a lucrative book deal has given him a new reason to boast.


Set off down the Coastal Path

15 January 2017

Explore Kent's coast with the Ramblers and an expert guide to the first section of the Kent Coast Path, which was launched at Langdon Cliffs.

Tom set to dive in to Bluewater

Tom Daley will be in Bluewater signing his new book, Tom's Daily Plan

24 December 2016

Olympian and diver Tom Daley will be in Bluewater next week to sign copies of his new book.

Step into a private writers' retreat for the first time

A glimpse of the sitting room in the South Cottage at Sissinghurst castle Picture: National trust/James Dobson

18 December 2016

The National Trust has opened the retreat used by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson for the first time this winter.

A Tale of Christmas in Kent

Beatrix Potter characters are at Leeds Castle. Picture: Frederik Warne & Co

30 November 2016

Look out for some tiny paw prints in the snow at Leeds Castle this winter as the magical world of Beatrix Potter brings A Tale of Christmas.

Taking a look beyond the dark side of Keith Moon

Keith Moon: the drummers'drummer

27 November 2016

Maidstone author interviews giants of the music scene to discover the truth about The Who's wild drummer Keith Moon.

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