An eclectic collection of prize-winning novelists and acclaimed international musicians will come together once again for the third annual Kenilworth Arts Festival.

For the duration of the festival, Kenilworth will be transformed into a hive of creativity, with live music, author talks, panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions. These will take place in a range of venues around the historic Warwickshire town, from intimate bookshops to the magnificent 900-year-old castle. The festival provides a platform for outstanding emerging talent, showcasing local work and offering new arts experiences to people of all ages.

The festival will kick off with an appearance from Great British Bake Off 2013 finalist Ruby Tandoh. The revered food writer will be talking about her latest book, Eat Up!, which celebrates the fun and pleasure of food, and arms readers against expensive fad diets and food crazes.

The idyllic setting is undoubtedly one of the aspects that makes Kenilworth Arts festival unique. Expect to walk into surprising juxtapositions such as multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper’s classic, alternative and electronic blend live at St. Nicholas’ Church. Music events include a trio of concerts at the newly renovated St John’s Church beginning with MOBO and Jazz Award winning pianist and composer Zoe Rahman. She’s followed by appearances from Elbow approved Californian singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, and Bon Iver associate S. Carey.

A new addition to the festival programme this year is a weekend of literary events held at Priory Theatre. A succession of highly regarded and inspiring authors will be in attendance, including Kamila Shamsie, the winner of this year’s Women’s Prize For Fiction for Home Fire, best-selling children’s author Kiran Millwood Hargrave; and Fiona Mozley, who became an overnight literary sensation when her debut novel, Elmet, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.



The weekend will also feature a book launch for Sarah Moss’ Ghost Walk, as well as a number of other panel discussions and showcase events.

 “At the heart of Kenilworth Arts Festival is a desire to celebrate high quality, original work within the contemporary arts” Lewis Smith

Kenilworth Arts Festival has been growing steadily since its conception, and this year’s programme proves to be the biggest and best yet.

This year’s Kenilworth Arts Festival will take place from the 20th to the 29th of September. Tickets are on sale now, with prices ranging from £7 (for one-off events) to £45 (for a Literary Weekend Pass).

Kenilworth Arts Festival is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organisation.

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