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13:00 - 17:00
Community: An Exhibition of Local Artists

Library Exhibition Room | Free entry

An exhibition of local artists, around the theme of ‘community’. Call still open! Apply through this link.

20:00 - 21:30
Ruby Tandoh: Eat Up!

Talisman Theatre | £10 (£8) | Buy Tickets

Hear the acclaimed food writer and Great British Bake Off finalist talk about her brilliant new book, Eat Up. A ‘joyous manifesto for flavour and sanity’, Eat Up explores everything from gluttons and gourmets in the movies, to the symbolism of food and sex. Read more…

11:00 - 17:00
Community: An Exhibition of Local Artists

Library Exhibition Room | Free entry

An exhibition of local artists, around the theme of ‘community’. Call still open! Apply through this link.

20:00 - 22:00
Zoe Rahman: Solo Piano

St. John’s Church | £16 (£14) | Buy Tickets

A rare opportunity to hear one of the UK’s most gifted jazz pianists in an intimate solo piano setting. Read more…

10:00 - 13:00
Community: An Exhibition of Local Artists

Library Exhibition Room | Free entry

An exhibition of local artists, around the theme of ‘community’. Call still open! Apply through this link.

11:00 - 12:00
Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Priory Theatre Foyer | £7 (£5) | Buy Tickets

The best-selling, multi-award-winning children’s author joins us to talk about her work. If we’re lucky, we might get a sneak preview of her new book, The Way Past Winter, which is due to be released in October! Read more…

11:00 - 16:00
The Lost Words Storywalk

Abbey Fields | Free!

Join poet-technologist Chris Jelley for a special trail around Abbey Fields, based on ‘The Lost Words’, a book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. In partnership with Kenilworth Books and Tree House Bookshop.

12:00 - 17:00
Abbey End Art & Craft Market

Abbey End | Free

A mini market featuring local artists and crafters, plus live music from an eclectic mix of local bands.

13:00 - 14:30
Fiona Mozley in conversation with Anita Sethi

Priory Theatre | £8 (£6) | Buy Tickets

Fiona Mozley became one of the literary sensations of 2017 when her debut novel, Elmet, was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. Hear Fiona speak about her work, in conversation with Anita Sethi. Read more…

14:15 - 16:00
Storybook Workshop with illustrator Ashley Crowley (3-7 yrs)

The Almanack | £5 | Tickets on sale soon

A fun, interactive workshop for ages 3-7, featuring storytime and puppet-making, based on the characters from ‘The Boy and the Blue Moon’. Read more…

15:00 - 16:00
New Voices in Fiction: Michael Donkor & Sharlene Teo

Priory Theatre | £8 (£6) | Buy Tickets

Meet two of the most exciting new voices in fiction and hear about their dazzling debut novels. Read more…

17:00 - 18:30
Rough Trade Books Showcase

Priory Theatre | £10 (£8) | Buy Tickets

Not content with conquering the independent music scene, in 2018 Rough Trade decided to launch a book publishing arm. Meet four of the brilliant authors releasing work with Rough Trade Books in its debut year: Salena Godden, David Keenan, Kirk Lake and James Endeacott. Read more…

20:00 - 21:30
Book Launch: Ghost Wall – Sarah Moss

Priory Theatre | £8 (£6) | Buy Tickets

Join us to celebrate the launch of Ghost Wall, the sixth novel by acclaimed author Sarah Moss. Read more…

10:00 - 12:00
Writing Workshop with Anita Sethi

Tree House Bookshop | £14 (£10) | Buy Tickets

Anita Sethi is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster who has written for national and international newspapers and magazines including the Guardian and Observer, the i paper, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement and BBC Travel, among others.

We’re delighted that Anita has agreed to share some of her expertise by offering a writing workshop, covering a versatile and exciting range of forms of writing including journalism, online journalism, reviewing, short stories, and essays.

11:00 - 12:00
Local Authors Showcase: Mike Gayle, Harriet Cummings & Patrick Kincaid

Priory Theatre | £7 (£5) | Buy Tickets

There has been some brilliant work coming out of this fair region in recent years. Hear from three brilliant published authors from the local area, all of whom have released new books this year. Read more…

11:00 - 12:00
The Wardrobe Ensemble presents… The Time Seekers!

Drama Studio, Kenilworth School | £8 adult / £5 children | Buy Tickets

Have you ever dreamt of seeing a real dinosaur? Meeting a Roman or an Ancient Egyptian? Sharing tea time with a robot from the future? Join The Wardrobe Ensemble for a thrilling journey through time where you take the steering wheel! Suitable for 3-8 yrs. Read more…

13:00
Fair Trade Books? Discounting & The Future of Publishing

Priory Theatre | £7 (£5) | Buy Tickets

In March 2018, Tamsin Rosewell from Kenilworth Books published a blogpost, ‘Publish And Be Damned’, highlighting the effects of a discounting culture in publishing. For this event, Tamsin will be joined by a panel of book industry figures to carry on the discussion – to explore what’s going wrong right now and what a more fair and sustainable system might look like. Read more…

14:00 - 15:00
The Wardrobe Ensemble presents… The Time Seekers!

Drama Studio, Kenilworth School | £8 adult / £5 children | Buy Tickets

Have you ever dreamt of seeing a real dinosaur? Meeting a Roman or an Ancient Egyptian? Sharing tea time with a robot from the future? Join The Wardrobe Ensemble for a thrilling journey through time where you take the steering wheel! Suitable for 3-8 yrs. Read more…

15:00 - 16:30
Kit de Waal & Donal Ryan in conversation

Priory Theatre | £10 (£8) | Buy Tickets

Acclaimed novelists Kit de Waal and Donal Ryan speak in conversation with Anita Sethi about their latest novels: The Trick to Time, which was published in March 2018 and nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and From A Low & Quiet Sea, which has been nominated for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Read more…

17:00 - 18:00
Rihab Azar in concert

Tree House Bookshop | £8 (£6) | Buy Tickets

A rare opportunity to see the exceptionally talented oud player in concert in an intimate setting. Read more…

19:30 - 21:00
Kamila Shamsie on Home Fire

Priory Theatre | £8 (£6) | Buy Tickets

Kamila Shamsie joins us to talk about her stunningly brilliant 2017 novel, Home Fire, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award, and won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Read more…

11:00 - 17:00
Community: An Exhibition of Local Artists

Library Exhibition Room | Free entry

An exhibition of local artists, around the theme of ‘community’. Call still open! Apply through this link.

19:30 - 21:00
Emily Francis Trio

Holiday Inn | £8 (£6) | Buy Tickets

An intimate gig from one of the most original and exciting new acts on the UK jazz scene. Read more…

13:00 - 17:00
Community: An Exhibition of Local Artists

Library Exhibition Room | Free entry

An exhibition of local artists, around the theme of ‘community’. Call still open! Apply through this link.

20:00 - 21:30
An Evening with John-Lewis Stempel

Talisman Theatre | £10 (£8) | Buy Tickets

Hear ‘one of the best nature writers of his generation’ talk about his latest book, The Wood, which was published earlier this year and featured as a Radio 4 Book of the Week upon its release. Read more…

11:00 - 17:00
Community: An Exhibition of Local Artists

Library Exhibition Room | Free entry

An exhibition of local artists, around the theme of ‘community’. Call still open! Apply through this link.

20:00
Erland Cooper + support

St. Nicholas’ Church | £14 (£12) | Buy Tickets

A magical, multi-displinary evening of performance in the stunning setting of St. Nicholas’ Church. Headlined by award winning, multi-instrumentalist and producer Erland Cooper, and also featuring poet Will Burns. Read more…

11:00 - 17:00
Community: An Exhibition of Local Artists

Library Exhibition Room | Free entry

An exhibition of local artists, around the theme of ‘community’. Call still open! Apply through this link.

18:30 - 19:30
Sophie Mackintosh in conversation with Sarah Moss

Kenilworth Books | £7 (£5) | Buy Tickets

Meet one of the most exciting new voices in British fiction, Sophie Mackintosh, and find out more about Sophie’s astonishing debut novel, The Water Cure, which has been nominated for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Read more…

20:00 - 22:00
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker + support from Toby Hay

Tudor Stables, Kenilworth Castle | £14 (£12) | Buy Tickets

Acclaimed duo play songs from their fifth album, Seedlings All, which was released in March 2018 on Rough Trade. Support comes from the brilliant 12-string guitarist Toby Hay. Read more…

11:00 - 17:00
Community: An Exhibition of Local Artists

Library Exhibition Room | Free entry

An exhibition of local artists, around the theme of ‘community’. Call still open! Apply through this link.

18:30 - 20:00
Verve Poetry Press Showcase

Tree House Bookshop | £7 (£5) | Buy Tickets

A showcase event from this bold new poetry press, which was launched this year by the team behind Verve Poetry Festival. Featuring four fantastic poets – Casey Bailey, Hannah Swings, Leon Priestnall and Nafeesa Hamid – plus a house DJ racking up ‘funky tunes’ between sets, this promises to be a lot of fun! Read more…

20:00 - 22:30
Jesca Hoop + support

St. John’s Church | £16 (£14) | Buy Tickets

The US-born singer-songwriter plays songs from her stunning recent album, Memories Are Now. Support comes from Christof van der Ven (Bear’s Den, The Staves). Read more…

10:00 - 13:00
Community: An Exhibition of Local Artists

Library Exhibition Room | Free entry

An exhibition of local artists, around the theme of ‘community’. Call still open! Apply through this link.

14:00 - 16:30
Baby Rave!

Sports & Social Club | Free!

An afternoon party for children and their parents who don’t want to grow up. Listen to the favourite tracks of your youth with your kids and get your craft on! Featuring 90s indie and dance classics, face paint, glow sticks, craft table, soft play, baby area & a full bar…

14:30 - 16:00
Drawing Tree Houses: A Workshop with Nick Rhodes (Switchopen)

The Almanack | £10 (£8) | Buy Tickets

Every year, we commission an illustrator to work with us to develop artwork for our festival. We’re thrilled to have worked with Nick Rhodes, who runs Switchopen Studio, for Kenilworth Arts Festival 2018, and equally thrilled that he’s agreed to share some of his knowledge by running an intimate workshop, on the art of drawing tree houses.

Pens, pencils & coffee will be provided!

20:00 - 22:00
S. Carey + support from Billie Marten

St. John’s Church | £16 (£14) | Buy Tickets

On tour in Europe for the first time in four years, S. Carey will be playing a full band show in St. John’s Church, with support coming from Billie Marten, one of the UK’s most exciting young singer-songwriters. Read more…

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