Collated by Helen Fisher
FAVERSHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL
The opening night features Ned Palmer hosting A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles at the Brewery Store (£20). This consists of a four-course taster menu of Kent cheese and ale plus cheesy banter from Monty Python to ‘postmodern cheese.
Headline events include Melvyn Bragg, Jenny Eclair, Lemn Sissay, Dame Joan Bakewell, Ken Livingstone and Sarah Perry. There are lots of great nature writers, including the inspirationalTim Dee on spring and bird migration, plus Kent nature writers Katherine May, Caroline Crampton, Lara Maiklem and Caroline Greville.
Politics features strongly on the programme with Jack Straw discussing the Middle East; Gavin Esler on Brexit; plus talks on the refugee crisis, Trump and the USA, and hard-hitting political fictions addressing dictatorship, genocide and writing in exile.
For music lovers, they are featuring Stephen Morris from Joy Division/New Order; and Tracey Thorn from Everything But the Girl.
New additions to the programme - Abbey Physic Garden will be hosting a session on mental health with local author Stephen Gillatt; plus an all-day poetry hub in The Limes on Saturday 22nd.
There are events and activities for children and young adults, and an unmissable event for all the family with much-loved author Michael Rosen telling funny stories at 11am on the Saturday morning at the Alexander Centre.
Tickets are available online at https://www.faversham literaryfestival.org/
Jon Holmes and Paul Goldstein – Comedy, Cameras and Conversation: Stumbling Around the World in Words and Pictures on Friday 24th January at The Alexander Centre
Controversial and award-winning writer and broadcaster versus outspoken award-winning wildlife photographer and travel guide... what could possibly go wrong?!
This performance is the premiere of Jon Holmes and Paul Goldstein doing what they do best - which is being provocative, being funny, arguing and possibly swearing (a bit) at each other.
Jon, a polymath writer, comedian, broadcaster and presenter was ‘the short one’ from BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, co-created Dead Ringers and wrote TV’s Horrible Histories. He is also an award-winning travel writer for The Sunday Times and, the pursuit of a story, has biked the Tiger Corridor of Northern India, ‘enjoyed’ crocodile hunting with the natives of Papua New Guinea, and was hospitalised by a colony of sea urchins off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Paul is a photographer, raconteur, wildlife guide and conservationist and is one of the world’s best known and most skilled wildlife photographers. His list of dislikes is legendary and includes Chinese traditional medicine, management consultants, posed wildlife photos, politicians and Powerpoint. You’ll have definitely seen his stunning photographs in any number of magazines and newspapers.
Jon and Paul have travelled to various parts of the globe together, and this performance finds them in conversation onstage for the first time talking about comedy, travel journalism, photography, climate change, conservation, Jon’s travel photography (“Poor” – Paul), Paul’s writing (“Hopeless” – Jon) and much, much more. Accompanied by incredible photos, this is a unique event and should make an interesting evening.
Tickets (£10) available from the Alexander Centre
Comedy Lock in at the Limes 7:30pm on 4thh Feb at The Limes
Faversham Royal showtimes see: http://royalcinema.co.uk/faversham/now/
Silver Matinee: Vintage Ruby 1:45pm on Friday 24th Jan at The Alexander Centre
MARKETS, FAIRS AND JUMBLES
Faversham Charter Market https://favershammarket.org/ every Tuesday, Friday & Saturday, in and around the Market Place.
Best of Faversham Market 4th & 18th Jan & 8th & 22nd Feb on Preston Street
Antiques & Vintage Market From 9:30am on first Sunday of every month (4th Jan and 2nd Feb) in the Market Square.
Faversham Christmas Market from 10am on Sunday 22nd Dec, Market Square.
Faversham 2020 Vintage, Retro, Antiques and Gifts Sunday 10am – 3pm on Saturday 2nd Feb & 1st March, Alexander Centre.
https://www playinginfaversham.com for pub bands
Saturday 21th Dec
Carols in the Market Place, from 7:00pm
Disco from 7pm at The Hot Tin
Monday 23rd Dec
Christmas Carols, from 8:00pm, The White Lion, Selling apparently ‘no voice too awful to join in’!
Those Distant Voices, 8.45pm, The Sun Inn
The Mel Harris 60’s Show – 2:00 - 5:00pm, The Market Inn
New Years Eve
Antwerp Deadheadz, The Anchor
Mark Lees, The Bear
The Davey Ralph Band, from 8:45pm, The Sun Inn
New Years Day
Faversham Folk Club – Singers Night, 7:30pm, The Limes
Sunday 5th Jan
Alix Lagassee and Maria Tarasewicz, 3:00pm, Faversham Assembly Rooms
Sunday 2nd Feb
Ensemble Jeua, 3:00pm, Faversham Assembly Rooms
Saturday 29th Feb
Waterways, 7:30pm, St Mary of Charity Church
Sunday 1st March
Anna Kondrashina and Pavel Timofeyevsky, 3:00pm, Faversham Assembly Rooms
Music Quiz 8:00pm on Thursday 2nd Dec, The Anchor
Kent Roller Disco 6:30pm on Friday 10th Jan at The Alexander Centre
Auction from 9.30am on 2nd Feb at Boughton Village Hall
Music Quiz 8:00pm on Thursday 6th Feb, The Anchor
Death Café – an opportunity to talk about losing a loved one, 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday 16th Feb, The Physic Garden
Faversham Literary Festival 19th - 23th Feb (see features)
Round the Horne by Marty Feldman and Barry Took, 7.30pm on 21st Dec.
A Variety Review by Grubby Gnome Productions, 7.30pm on 7th & 8th Feb
Jon Holmes and Paul Goldstein – Comedy, Cameras and Conversation: Stumbling Around the World in Words and Pictures, 8.00pm on Friday 24th Jan (see Feature)
Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps: Travel and Comedy in the Danger Zone, 8.00pm on Friday 14th Feb (see Feature)