Upcoming Events

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Robertsbridge Literary Festival
15-18 May 2019

This is our third festival and we are keeping it local again. Featuring Sussex authors, storytellers, writers and actors, we have nine very different events over the four days.

Hopefully there’s something for everyone!

See below for full information.


Thanks to our local sponsor heroes:

No Agenda Healthstyles |  Salehurst Halt |  Eggs to Apples
Moat Osteopaths |  Hush Beauty |  The George Inn, Robertsbridge

A Writers’ Conversation: Terry Newman & Isabel Lloyd

Wednesday 15 May 

8pm Upstairs @ The Ostrich 
doors 7.30pm, talk 1 hr incl Q&A
Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery & the Village Store and online

Author of the #1 USA Kindle Epic Fantasy Bestseller ‘Detective Strongoak and the Case of the Dead Elf’ Terry Newman (aka Dr Tel) in conversation with Brightling journalist-turned-author and gardener Isabel Lloyd.
Robertsbridge’s Terry is an award winning writer for film, animation, stage, musicals, comedy, TV and radio, working with top comedy people such as Rory Bremner and producers of The Office.

He’ll be in conversation with Isabel Lloyd, fellow local writer and editor who has worked for most major British news titles including The Economist, FT and The Independent. A lifelong garden enthusiast and sci-fi nerd, she is co-author of Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse (Anima, 3 Oct). Who knows where this conversation will end up…!


Sponsored by No Agenda



The Rat in the Cellar: A radio play reading

Thursday 16 May

8 pm Upstairs @ The Ostrich
doors 7.30pm, talk 1 hr including Q&A’s
Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery, the Village Store and online.

A darkly comic radio play, written by local performer, writer, poet and former Random House editor Kate Tym.

Marilyn is frustrated by her loveless marriage. It was all right whilst her husband Alan was at work, but now he’s retired…

So, the ever innovative Marilyn takes matters into her own hands, locks husband Alan in the cellar and cheerfully gets on with her life of trash TV and M&S ready meals, all the while blithely planning Alan’s ultimate, untimely demise.

I love, love, love your play! – Miriam Margolyes

Reminiscent of some of the funniest and best of Alan Bennett’s monologues – Marilyn Imrie, Literary Agent

Written by Kate Tym and performed by Kate and John Knowles of http://itsnotus.co.uk/

Come and join us for something a bit different, and chat to Kate afterwards about her writing and inspiration for the play

Sponsored by HealthStyles Skin Care


HealthStyles Skin Care

With thanks to The Ostrich for the use of their upstairs room.


Illustrated Talk with Sarah Massini

Friday 17 May

Robertsbridge Village Hall
8pm, doors & bar 7.30pm
Talk lasts approx 1 hour incl Q&A.   Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery, the Village Store and online.

Robertsbridge based children’s book illustrator Sarah Massini in conversation with RAP’s Jenny Barrett, talking about her journey from first scribbles to where she is today, with several lessons learned along the way! Now in the enviable position of being extremely choosy about what she works on, Sarah will explain what appeals and why. Her numerous books include The Velveteen Rabbit, The Boy and The Bear, Star in the Jar, Little Cloud and, due out later this year, The Girl and the Dinosaur.

Our thanks to John Powell for the photograph.

Sponsored by The Salehurst Halt



Talk: For the Love of The Archers
(An Unofficial Companion)

Saturday 18 May

The George Inn, Robertsbridge
10.15 am doors open to order tea/coffee/cake

10.45 am talk starts followed by Q&A
11.45 am ends (approx.) Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery, the Village Store and online

Join Sussex based author Beth Miller for a chat about what it’s like to write about the world’s longest running drama, the havoc she would wreak on Ambridge if only she was allowed anywhere near a script, and a good moan about our least favourite characters!

Beth has published three novels, the most recent of which is The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom (March 2019)

Photo credit Katie Vandyck


Sponsored by The George Inn, Robertsbridge




Tales for Children Under 5 & Storytelling for 5-11 year olds

With Kevin Graal

Saturday 18 May

Upstairs @ The Ostrich, Station Road

Under 5s: 11am – 11.45am
Doors open 10.45am

5-11 year olds: 12.30pm – 1.15pm
Doors open 12.15pm

Tickets £3 per child

Kevin Graal’s innate way with words will have your children spellbound and transported to a different world.

A highly regarded and experienced storyteller, Kevin is also an inspiring educator, working with an impressive range of partners from schools and community groups to leading arts and educational organisations such as Tate Modern, the British Library and the British Council. His finely tuned storytelling combines careful planning with playful improvisation and is always filled with laughter, music and imagination.


Children must be accompanied by an adult

Sponsored by The Moat Practice




Talk: The Sussex Trug

With Sarah Page

Saturday, 18th May

Venue: Robertsbridge Village Hall

4.30pm Doors open & bar
5.00pm Talk (approx 1 hr inc. Q&A)
Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery, the Village Store and online.

Discover the history of the much-loved Sussex Trug, a survivor from the Weald’s industrial past. Sarah Page, author of the charming book The Sussex Trug, has for the last 24 years lived and worked in a house that has been home to Sussex trugmakers since 1899.

Keeping alive the culture and the art of the trug, Sarah will share with us stories of the trugmakers and their families, take an in depth look at the history of this enduring basket, and guide us through a step by step guide to making a trug.

Sponsored by Eggs to Apples Farm Shop





Talk: Alan Judd – Truth & Fiction in Spy Literature

Saturday, 18th May

Robertsbridge Village Hall
7.30pm Doors open & bar
8.00pm Talk (approx 1 hr inc. Q&A’s) Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery, the Village Store and online.

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From Mata Hari to Bond to Smiley, eminent Sussex author Alan Judd gives an insight into the world of spy literature. How much is based on truth? And how much total fiction?! The winner of numerous awards including the Guardian fiction, Royal Society of Literature and the Heinemann, Alan has written two biographies and thirteen novels. Two of his novels have been filmed by the BBC, with a third, The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, a feature film (The Exception) starring Christopher Plummer and Lily James. Alan will also be speaking about his two most recent works: Shakespeare’s Sword (set in Rye and Winchelsea) and Accidental Agent.

Before becoming a writer, Alan served in the army and the Foreign Office.

With our thanks to Hush for kindly sponsoring this event.


NB you’ll find Alan’s books on sale in Rother Books.

The Pile By My Bed 

Saturday, 18th May.  11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.  Free Event.  49 High Street, Robertsbridge

‘The Pile by my Bed’ is back as part of RAP’s Robertsbridge Literary Festival 2019!

Once again it’s being held at 49 High Street, Robertsbridge from 11-4 on Saturday, May 18th.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come and browse local readers’ book choices, talk about books, find inspiration for your next read and enjoy free tea and cake!

This is a completely free, open house event as part of the RAP Literary Festival. Drop in any time between 11-4 and enjoy what we have on offer:

1. ‘The Pile by my Bed’ — Browse piles of books from local readers’ bedside tables. These may be favourite novels, books they aspire to read soon, or volumes they frequently dip in and out of. (Scroll down for details of how you can join in).

2. ‘Inheritance Tree’ — Add your own leaf to the inheritance tree of books to bequeath to the future.

3. ‘Connections’ — Participate in (or simply observe) our new interactive feature exploring the connections between our own reading choices and those of the wider Robertsbridge reading community.

4. ‘Book Swap’ — bring a used book to the bookshelf outside the house and swap it for a different one (there will also be a book swap for children’s books!)

5. Enjoy free tea and cake!

6. Receive a free raffle ticket — the prize is a free book (there will be separate adult and children’s raffles).

7. Pick up a free bookmark (on which you can write down all your new reading ideas)!

If you’d like to join in and have your own pile on display at 49 High Street, please message or email us rap.org.uk@gmail.com or jane.tritton@btinternet.com.

Alternatively, take a photo of the pile by your bed and post it on the RAP Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RobertsbridgeArtsPartnership.

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing your pile!!!