The events, celebs and shows coming up for BroadstairsLit 2018

Chef and cook book author Chetna Makan

A whole year of events, with a liberal smattering of celebrity guests, has been lined up by the BroadstairsLit group.

The volunteers, with support from Thorley Taverns, The Yarrow, House of Martin and KCC, have organised author talks, book signings, a musical and a party night in their quest to host a series of literary events in the town.

The first event features Great British Bake Off star, Chetna Makan, who will be working with chefs at the Yarrow Hotel to produce a wonderful Indian supper, based on her own acclaimed recipes.

Ticket price includes a three-course meal and a chance to hear Chetna  sharing her tips, in conversation with author Jane Wenham-Jones, as they discuss her latest book “Chai, Chaat & Chutney: a street food journey through India.”

This will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Tickets are now available online at or from House of Martin, 60 High Street, Broadstairs,Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm – cash only.

The event is on January 25 at The Yarrow Hotel, Broadstairs and starts at 7pm with Prosecco and canapes.

Tickets £32.50 (plus booking fee online)

Events to look out for

Broadly Speaking

From January 28, The Yarrow Hotel, starting at 7.30pm.

An open mic event for storytellers in the bar at The Yarrow Hotel. The event is open to anyone who has an original story to tell. The stories can be fictional or non-fictional and cover any topic or style you wish, but they should be entertaining, enjoyable and short enough to be told within a 10 minute time slot.

There are already three story-tellers lined up for the January session, so if you are interested and want to book a slot, email, giving your name and contact details and a brief summary of the story you want to tell.

Broadly Speaking will be held on the last Sunday of every month

The Perfect Match

Romance, Prosecco, canapes and chocolate with Katie Fforde and Jo Thomas

Katie Fforde and Jo Thomas will be in conversation with resident interviewer, Jane Wenham-Jones, starting at 7:30pm.

February 16, Yarrow Hotel – doors open 7pm. Tickets – £15

No Cunning Plan with Sir Tony Robinson

Sir Tony Robinson will be in conversation with Jane Wenham-Jones.

March 10, The Pavilion – doors open at 2:30pm. Tickets – £15

Keep It In The Family with Hunter and Caitlin Davies

Hunter Davies and Caitlin Davies will be in conversation with Jane Wenham-Jones.

April 6, Yarrow Hotel – doors open at 7pm. Tickets – £15 (includes a drink and canapes).

Extra Time with James Brown

May 11, The Pavilion – doors open 7:30pm. Tickets – £10.

Great Expectations- The Musical

New musical adaptation of the Dickens Classic

May 20, The Pavilion, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Tickets £12

Being David Archer with Tim Bentinck and Sunny Ormonde (Lillian Bellamy)

June 21, The Pavilion – doors open at 7pm. Tickets – £15 (includes a welcome drink)

BroadstairsLit charity party night, book signings and surprise celebrity guests

September 20, The Pavilion, 7.30pm

Vinyl Revival with Graham Jones

October 19, The Pavilion – doors open at 7pm. Tickets – £10.

The London Mudlark

New book launch (Bloomsbury publishing) Lara Mailkem (local Broadstairs author) in conversation and book signing.

November, TBC

The Never Ending story

Childrens book writer and illustrator Susie Jenkin-Pearce (childrens’ workshop and adult creative writing session) TBC.

Celebrity bookings

Plus Peter James, Helen Lederer, and Miriam Margolyes will be among the BroadstairsLit guests – dates to be finalised.


Tickets online at We Got Tickets via the event links on or from House of Martin, 60 High Street, Broadstairs,Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm – cash only.

Find out more

On the website at the facebook page here

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