WhitLit Festival, May 10th

I’m joining writers Denise Meredith and Lloyd Shepherd for an event as part of the Whitstable literary festival on May 10th. We’ll be talking about our Victorian novels with local author Andrew McGuinness. Please come if you’re in the area! It would be great to see you there.

More details of the event here.

I grew up around the Kent coast and visit there often. The area is full of memories for me which is probably why it crops up in my fiction.

Anna Palmer, the heroine of The Painted Bridge, lived as a girl in a flint house on top of the white cliffs at Dover. Her older sister Louisa, heroine of The Sacred River, shared the same girlhood experience and met her nemesis, the painter Eyre Soane, while walking on the beach on a Sunday afternoon in May.

My planned third Victorian novel, The Blue Room, begins in Ramsgate.

Cliffs near Ramsgate

Cliffs near Ramsgate

















Viking Bay, Broadstairs




The area is packed with interesting Victorian buildings and history, from the annual Dickens festival at Broadstairs to the curious Powell-Cotton museum at Birchington-on-Sea and the Shell Grotto in Margate. Well worth exploring at any time of the year.

WhitLit  runs from Thursday 8th May to Sunday 11th May, 2014


2 Responses to WhitLit Festival, May 10th

  1. This will be fun event and I can’t wait to hear all about your memories of Kent, beside the sea side. What a fab place to grow up. Lucky you, Wendy. I love the picture of Ramsgate beach here. The swirls look like ammonites.

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