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Back by popular demand, this Autumn, EA Festival will be touring Chestnut pubs and restaurants with another series of exciting culture events that showcase some of the best of our great creative leaders in literature, history, media and environment.

Tickets £55 per guest includes speaker

and supper. Arrive for 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start time.



On the 19 October Lady Anne Glenconner will begin the series at The Feathers, Holt.

Anne Glenconner, the elegant and spirited author of international best-seller, ‘Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown’, will share stories from ‘Whatever Next?’, the second installment of her memoirs. Like Lady Glenconner herself, the book is equal parts droll, shocking and heart-felt, and gives a more in-depth look at her life as wife to Lord Colin Tennant and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret.

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24th October

The Crown,

Stoke by Nayland

Albert Read, author and MD of Conde Nast UK, will introduce his life-affirming book, ‘The Imagination Muscle’. Called ‘beautiful, moving, relevant and practical’ by Alain De Botton, The Imagination Muscle explains, through a series of historical examples, how imagination is not a God-given talent but a faculty that can be trained and developed over a lifetime. In today’s age of technology, imagination is crucial – yet more elusive – in order to achieve peak fulfillment. Discover where to find ideas, how to foster skill in observation and connection, and how to be more attentive to the flow and motion of your own mind.

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2nd November

The Carpenters Arms,

Great Willbraham

Authenticity – from living our ‘best life’ to ferreting out sham claims of ‘sustainability’ – matters more and more to us, but the forces of inauthenticity seem to be taking over the world. How can we tell if we are talking to a person or a machine when the lines between reality and illusion are increasingly blurred? Alice Sherwood, author of the critically acclaimed book ‘Authenticity’, will explain how to meet the pressing challenge of distinguishing reality from illusion by exploring historical examples of impostors – and truth-seekers. You’ll never think about deception and reality in the same way again. Lavished with critical praise, Authenticity is ‘brilliantly witty, profoundly illuminating’ (Simon Schama), ‘beautifully written’ (Mary Ann Sieghart) and ‘hugely entertaining’ (Brian Eno).

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7th November

The Weeping Willow,


Isabella Tree, author of ‘Wilding’, the best-selling book that introduced the concept of rewilding into mainstream cultural conversation, will discuss her new book, ‘The Book of Wilding - a practical guide to rewilding big and small’. This how-to guide is based on her first-hand experience of transitioning 3,500 acres of her family’s own land, Knepp Estate in West Sussex, to wild nature, in what has become the best-known success story of rewilding in the UK.

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