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Sunday 6th May C O N S U L T U S

2.45-3.45pm £12

Adult Day


John Sutherland and Erwin James In conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink Lives of Crime: Police Commander and ex-Convict An extraordinary opportunity to hear how a life in crime affects both the perpetrator and the police officer. John Sutherland, a Commander in the Metropolitan Police and author of Blue: Keeping the Peace and Falling Apart, will talk to Erwin James, author of Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope, an ex-prisoner convicted of murder who now writes for the Guardian. They will discuss the detrimental effect crime, punishment and law-keeping has had on their own mental health. John Sutherland joined the Police in 1992 rising to become Borough Commander for Southwark. He suffered a major breakdown and has battled with crippling depression. Erwin James lost his mother aged seven and watched his father turn to alcohol and violence, committing his first crime aged ten. He was jailed for life in 1984. In prison he achieved a BA in History, and is now a freelance writer. Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache. Sponsored by Sevenoaks Bookshop

4.00-5.00pm £12

Leanda de Lisle, Linda Porter and Lucy Moore Royalist Women With today’s renewed interest in the 17th century and the dramatic period of the Civil Wars, the Stuarts have emerged from the shadow of the Tudors to reclaim their place as monarchs whose lives and loves are equally worthy of attention. Three acclaimed female historians will talk about Charles I’s loyal queen Henrietta Maria, her three daughters, Mary, Elizabeth and Henriette Anne, and Lady Ann Fanshawe, the indefatigable wife of a royalist courtier. Leanda de Lisle is the best-selling author of White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr. Lucy Moore has written Lady Fanshawe’s Receipt Book: The Life and Times of a Civil War Heroine. Linda Porter’s latest book is Royal Renegades: the children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars. Sponsored by Ibbett Mosely


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Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018  

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018