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Robertsbridge Literary Festival 2017

Three day Literary Festival;  27 - 29 April, featuring local Sussex authors

Thursday 27 April, 8pm, Village Hall

Bronwen Griffiths

A Bird in the House  |  Not Here, Not Us

Bronwen’s first novel, ‘A Bird in the House’ was published in 2014. The book is set in Libya during the fall of Gaddafi and was written in response to a trip to Libya in February 2011.

A collection of short stories on the Syrian crisis ‘Not Here, Not Us,’ was published in December 2016.

Her short stories and flash fiction have appeared in a number of journals and on-line literary magazines in recent years. She lived in Hastings for 15 years and now resides in Northiam.

The evening will include an opportunity to ask Bronwen questions. Copies of both books will be on sale at the talk and there will be an opportunity to have yours signed.  Doors open at 7.30pm.

More about Bronwen Griffiths


Friday 28 April 8pm, Village Hall

Tom Connolly

The Spider Truces  |  Men Like Air

An acclaimed writer and filmmaker Tom’s first novel, The Spider Truces, was voted Financial Times Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award. It was also longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011.

Tom’s latest book, Men Like Air, is a dazzling second novel. A funny, turbulent and heartfelt study of male relationships, and a glorious love letter to the city of New York.

In conversation, Tom talks about how he writes; from first idea through to the finished article. He also discusses writing fictional stories rather than memoirs or real events and considers the importance of place and landscape in his work.

Tom lives in East Sussex.

The talk will include an opportunity to ask Tom questions. Copies of both books will be on sale and there will be an opportunity to have yours signed. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Tom is donating his fee to New York charity Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

More about Tom Connolly

And here is a very recent and moving article written by Tom published in the Guardian on 4th February 2017.


Saturday 29 April 5pm, Village Hall

Vanessa Nicolson

Have You Been Good?  |  The Truth Game

Vanessa was brought up in Florence and London, and graduated from Sussex University in Art History and Italian. She began her career at the Tate Gallery and has since worked as a feature writer, reviewer, curator and film programmer as well as an interviewer for the British Library Sound Archive ‘Artist’s Lives’ project, making recordings with artists such as Anthony Gormley.

Her critically acclaimed memoir Have You Been Good? was published in 2015 and its sequel The Truth Game in April 2017. The Truth Game is a breathtakingly honest and beautifully written recollection of the friends, lovers and family who have played a vital role in Vanessa’s life. This evening Vanessa talks candidly about both.

Vanessa lives in Sissinghurst, Kent.

The talk will include an opportunity to ask Vanessa questions. Copies of Vanessa’s books will be on sale and there will be an opportunity to have yours signed. Doors open at 4.30pm.

Saturday 29 April 8pm, Village Hall

Alan Judd & Charlotte Moore: Six books you should read

Which six books? Alan and Charlotte reveal their choices and discuss why you should read them.

The talk will include an opportunity to ask questions. Copies of Alan’s and Charlotte’s books will be on sale and there will be an opportunity to have yours signed.

Alan Judd has written two biographies and 11 novels, winning the Guardian fiction award, the Royal Society of Literature prize for novels and the Heinemann award for his biography of Ford Madox Ford. His authorised biography of the founder of MI6 was short-listed for the Westminster Prize. Two of his novels have been filmed by the BBC and a third, The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, is a forthcoming feature film starring Christopher Plummer and Lily James.

He has had two books published in recent months, a spy novel called Deep Blue and Slipstream, a novella set in the RAF during World War 11.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Alan served in the army and the Foreign Office. He lives near Battle.

Charlotte Moore is an author, journalist and lecturer. She has published both fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her books include George and Sam: Autism in the Family and Hancox: A House and a Family. She is currently working on a history of the Lytteltons of Hagley Hall.

She has contributed to many newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and The Oldie.

She lives in Whatlington with her partner and three sons.

Saturday 29 April

Kevin Graal

11.00am – Stories for under 5s  |  12.30pm – Stories for over 5s

at the Ostrich Hotel

Kevin Graal is an experienced storyteller and educator with an extensive repertoire of traditional stories, riddles, songs and games from around the world.

Over the past twenty five years he has established a reputation for excellence in a wide range of work: from performances for children and young people to teacher-training workshops and collaborations with leading arts organisations such as the National Theatre and Tate Modern.

Kevin’s storytelling is steeped in the Irish oral tradition and grounded in thorough research. Combining playful improvisation with a keen sensitivity to the needs of each particular audience, his finely tuned performances are filled with laughter, magic and imagination.

Doors open 10.30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Children £3 each. Adults FOC.

More information about Kevin Graal

All events are just £5

  • No charge for accompanying parents for the Kevin Graal storytelling – also just £3 per child.
  • Priority booking for RAP members. Please contact us to join or to request tickets.

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