Issue 12 – 2 September 2021

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‘Kentish Noir’ Comes to Town

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Sevenoaks Literary Festival goes way beyond the global to bring the local very much into town.

Novelist William Shaw has been described as ‘one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction’ by none other than bestselling author Peter James. William will be coming to this year’s Festival to talk about his latest novel, The Trawlerman – and its Kentish setting – on 1st October. 

William Shaw has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, longlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and nominated for a Barry Award. Along with The Trawlerman his most recent Kent-based novel is Grave’s End.

He will be in conversation with local author Nick Varley at 7.30pm on Friday, 1 October at the Bat & Ball Centre.

Tickets are now on sale for this and all Festival events. The Festival runs from Saturday, 25 September to Thursday, 07 October with an additional super-star surprise later in October.

For further information and details of the whole programme which also welcomes Mel Giedroyc, Marina Wheeler, Rachel Clarke, Ian Dunt, Robert Martineau and Karin Fernald and ranges from well-being and mental health to the contemporary challenges facing the NHS, freedom and liberalism and, via Africa, to India go to