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Maidstone will play host to its first literary festival this October (2-8) and are excited to have international bestseller Lisa Jewell heading the lineup in a festival that celebrates the power of words, imagination and storytelling.

Lisa Jewell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, most lately a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone (both R&J book club picks). Her novels have sold over 10 million copies internationally and have been translated in over twenty-five languages. 

Her latest novel None Of This Is True, was released on July 10th.

Joining Lisa Jewell is Dorothy Koomson an award-winning, global bestselling author of 18 novels, known as the ‘Queen of the Big Reveal’. Her emotional thrillers are regularly Sunday Times bestsellers, have sold over 2.5 million copies in the UK alone and have been translated into more than 30 languages. Dorothy featured on the 2021 Powerlist as one of the most influential Black people in Britain and was a judge for the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, My Other Husband, is out now in paperback.

There’s a LitFest for little ones and popular children’s author A F Steadman will share the inspiration for her blockbuster hit series, Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, which was recently crowned Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year, with a film by Sony Pictures around the corner.

There will be workshops for creative writers on how to get published, as well as a Japanese Manga drawing workshop with artist Chie Kutsuwada.

The event is also championing local authors, with a showcase event at Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre on Sunday 8th, where local writers can share their work with festival goers.

Maidstone LitFest has been brought to the town by Maidstone Borough Council and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Tickets now on sale with many events for free!

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