007 Event: Whitlit – Whitstable literary festival 2016 (11-15 May 2016)

007 Event: Whitlit – Whitstable literary festival 2016 (11-15 May 2016)

April 6, 2016 0 By 007 Travelers

What: Whitlit – Whitstable literary festival 2016
Where: Whitstable, England
When: 11-15 May 2016

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Bond related events:

Wednesday 11 May: 7.30 pm: Quantum of Hits
Whitstable Scout Group Band plays the music from James Bond
Whitstable Community College Lecture Theatre, Bellevue Road, CT5 1PX

WhitLit presents an evening of music and readings celebrating James Bond. Over the past five decades music from the Bond franchise has become a part of our musical culture featuring haunting melodies and soaring brass scores. Let the 1st Whitstable Scout Band entertain you with a concert of legendary tunes, some with guest vocalists, along with readings from the pages of Fleming. From “Skyfall (2012) to “Goldfinger (1964), John Barry to Shirley Bassey, prepare to be shaken and stirred.

Friday 13 May: Steve Cole – Young Bond

Whitstable Community College Lecture Theatre, Bellevue Road, CT5 1PX
4.00pm – 5.00pm, Ages 10-14, adults welcome


Steve Cole introduces his first explosive Young Bond adventure, “Shoot to Kill” (2014) giving a unique insight into 1930s gadgets, gangsters and Hollywood. Join Steve is this interactive event as he explains how he became such a fan of Ian Fleming’s super-spy, shares the research behind his creation, introduces new characters, including a sinister villain, and tests the audience’s spy skills to ask ‘How Bond Are You?’ 
Steve Cole has written the bestselling ‘Astrosaurs’ adventures. In 2013 he took over from Charlie Higson as author of the Young Bond series exploring the life of the teenage James Bond.

Ian Fleming Evening
Lecture Theatre, Whitstable Community College, Bellevue Road, CT5 1PX
£13.50 for 3 events if booked together, or £5.50 each


Ian Fleming loved Kent. You only have to read one of his books to experience the great adoration he had for his home county. He lived in beautiful house on the beach of St Margaret’s and wrote many of his novels looking out over the English Channel.
WhitLit is delighted to welcome a series of Fleming inspired events featuring esteemed biographers, historians, novelists and special guest Fionn Morgan, Ian Fleming’s step-daughter to discuss the complex life of the author and the enduring appeal of his master spy James Bond.

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6.30pm – 7.30pm, £5.50

Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, and spy, the creator of the Cold War’s archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complex and interesting than his iconic fictional character, Agent 007. Ian Fleming’s wide-ranging and exciting life inevitably provided the plausible backdrop for his Bond novels. The day after his wedding to Ann O’Neill, Fleming sat down to write his first book, “Casino Royale(1953), in order to soothe his nerves. Thus began the long line of Bond novels for which he would earn lasting fame. 
Andrew Lycett is one of the foremost experts on Fleming’s life and work. He is a biographer and journalist whose other subjects include Wilkie Collins and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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7.45pm – 8.45pm, £5.50

Historian Matthew Parker reveals the untold story of Ian Fleming in Jamaica, his house Goldeneye, and the creation of James Bond. Amid Jamaica’s beauty, Fleming immersed himself in the jet-set society that clung to its imperial past. Rubbing shoulders with Noel Coward and Errol Flynn, he was part of a world of dangerous glamour that would infuse all his Bond novels. The top 10 Sunday Times Best seller ‘Goldeneye’ is a revealing exploration of Ian Fleming’s life and work.
Matthew Parker spent part of his childhood in the West Indies. He has written five books and contributes to The Literary Review, and BBC History Magazine.


9.00pm – 10.00pm, £5.50

WhitLit is honoured to welcome Fionn Morgan, the daughter of Ann Fleming and her first husband Shane, 3rd Lord O’Neill. Fionn was 16 when her mother married Ian Fleming and has a wise stance on her step- father’s life, work, loves and outlooks. Ann Fleming was the last great polical hostess, a letter writer of rare wit with close friends including Noel Coward, Evelyn Waugh, Lucian Freud and Cecil Beaton. Her long love affair with Ian Fleming started before her second marriage to newspaper baron Lord Rothermere and after their divorce Fleming married Ann in 1952. Fionn will reveal to Andrew Lycett growing up in a fascinating family and spending time with Ian Fleming and her mother in Kent.

Sunday 15 May: WhitLit Book Debate – Goldfinger

WhitLit Book Debate in partnership with KCC Libraries & Archives & Vintage Books
Sunday 17 May, 10am-11am
Whitstable Library Lecture Room, Oxford Street, CT5 1DB
FREE – to ensure entry get your free ticket via the Horsebridge box office


Goldfinger” was Ian Fleming’s seventh Bond novel (1959) and centres on agent James Bond investigating the gold smuggling activities of Auric Goldfinger, described as Fleming’s ‘most successful villain’. Set largely in Kent, Bond drives down the A2 from London to Goldfinger’s base in Reculver before the infamous golf match at Royal St Mark’s (a thinly disguised St Georges) in Sandwich. Pulp fiction or spy classic? Sexist or a reflection of 50s Britain? Read the book and join compere Val Hennessy and panelists JP Creton, Helen Brooks and Paul Nolan to share your opinions of the novel.

More about Ian Fleming and Ian Fleming’s Kent here