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Julia Donaldson's Stick Man is one of the books Axel Scheffler illustrated

22 November 2016

World famous illustrator Axel Scheffler - the man behind The Gruffalo and other children’s characters - comes to Folkestone Book Festival.

Book in for a feast of literature which starts with a bang

Author Louis de Bernieres switched on the Christmas lights at last year's Folkestone Book Festival

16 November 2016

The Folkestone Book Festival kicks off a 10-day feast of literature with a Christmas lights switch-on, live music and fireworks.

Tola keeps it in the family with debut children’s book

Tola Okogwu has written her first children's book - Daddy Do My Hair

14 November 2016

A hair blogger turned children’s author is hoping her first book will get dads spending more time with their daughters.

True tiger's tale sparked Martin's book

Martin Hill and Indy the tiger

02 November 2016

Big cat keeper Martin Hill, who brought a tiger into Great Ormond Street Hospital, will be at Bluewater talking about his book, A Tiger By My Bed.

David Walliams' the First Hippo on the Moon to come to Kent

David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon is coming to Kent

15 October 2016

The stage show of David Walliams' children's book, the First Hippo on the Moon, is set to play three theatres in Kent next year.

Hatton Garden heist's Dartford roots revealed

01 October 2016

A new book lifts the lid on the £14m Hatton Garden heist, its Dartford ringleader, Brian Reader and his six-decade life of crime.


To boldly go where Julian's going

Julian Clary

28 September 2016

Comedian Julian Clary will talk about his children's books, The Bolds, at the first literary festival in Cranbrook.

A fantastic celebration of Roald Dahl to come to Kent

Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox is coming to the Orchard at Dartford

13 September 2016

A new stage show of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox will come to Kent as part of celebrations to mark the author's centenary.

Julia Donaldson's The Stick Man ventures onto the stage

Stick Man, the stage show based on Julia Donaldson's book

11 September 2016

Children's author Julia Donaldson, who brought us The Gruffalo, talks about her inspiration for Stick Man as it takes to the Kent stage.

Bake Off Sue's life through a lens

Comedian Sue Perkins Picture: Steve Ullathorne

04 September 2016

Great British Bake Off's Sue Perkins talks live gigs, reaching half time in life and her new book Spectacles, ahead of a date in Canterbury.

Are you sitting comfortably for a weekend of storytelling?

Get reading this summer

17 August 2016

From a second helping of a literary festival, to storytime in a medieval garden and with ponies, this weekend has it all.

School's out!

Be a superhero at the Forum Shopping Centre as part of its summer holidays fun

13 August 2016

From the world's first indoor football park to The BFG, puzzles and trails, we round up the activities to do across Kent through the summer.


Big hitters of the book world at the Folkestone Book Festival

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone coming to Folkestone

08 August 2016

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and Gruffalo creator Axel Scheffler are among the stars lining up for this year's Folkestone Book Festival.

Families enjoy a wizard party

The scene outside Waterstones

31 July 2016

Around 150 people turned up at Maidstone's Waterstones last night for the midnight launch of the new Harry Potter book.

Vicky Pattison shows Bluewater her Real Me

Queen of the Jungle Vicky Pattison is coming to Bluewater

31 July 2016

TV star Vicky Pattison is sharing her tips on life, love and friendship, and meeting fans in Kent in the process.

Wands at the ready - it's another Harry Potter book!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

27 July 2016

Grab your wand and witch's hat for fancy dress fun to mark the launch of a new Harry Potter book across Kent this weekend.

YouTuber Tanya shares her passion for puddings

Tanya Burr will be signing copies of her cookbook at Bluewater

26 July 2016

YouTube sensation and vlogger Tanya Burr will visit Bluewater to meet fans as she launches her first cookbook.

50 years later: The day we won the World Cup

England's victory in the 1966 World Cup Final

26 July 2016

The year 1966, and in particular July 30, will forever be remembered for England’s World Cup win. Half a century later, a new book relives the day.

Summertime reads

Gordon Henderson hopes to improve the reading and writing skills of those in the area

25 July 2016

Summer's here and with time off work and holidays booked, it's time to choose your summertime read.

Bake Off star Chetna turns her hand to books

Chetna Makan. Picture: PA Photo/Nassima Rothacker

05 July 2016

She impressed the Bake Off judges, now Kent chef Chetna Makan has launched her first cookbook - but admits her toughest critics are her two children.

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