The Repton Festival – update from festival Director John Cavey


15th June 2022



It has been a challenge but the three-in-one festival is up and running. The Repton Festival comprising Litfest’22, Filmfest’22 and Kidsfest’22 really is the only place to be for 48 hours starting on the evening of Friday 8th July.

Litfest’22 kicks off with the amazing poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan who has chosen The Repton Festival as the first location outside his native Yorkshire to promote his latest work My sand Life, My Pebble Life. Events will conclude 48 hours later with the writer, broadcaster and one-time politician Matthew Parris bringing his best-selling novel Fracture to life, in the 400 years old Repton School Library.

In between Hilary Benn MP will share insights from his years of political service on the national and international stage.  Another former politician, Edwina Currie, will wear her author's hat as the successful writer of twelve novels to host four similarly successful female authors Louise Beech, Caroline England, Liz Fenwick and Ruth Millington in a wide-ranging discussion of the obstacles to success they had to overcome – it promises to be a lively discussion!!! All our lady authors also have their own sessions to discuss their work in more depth with their audience.

If you have a book that you think may be of antiquarian value do not miss the opportunity for Hansons Auctioneers specialist Jim Spencer to take a look. Jim will also be sharing anecdotes about a life valuing the written word.

Sunday starts with a unique event that features professional cinematographer, Andrey and his daughter Ksenia Yakutin, refugees from the conflict in Ukraine sharing a short movie on their traumatic existence in recent years. All proceeds from this event will go to the Theo Trust Ukrainian appeal with Richard Theobald who founded the Trust in attendance.

The institution that is the internationally recognised Repton School nearly disappeared in the late 18th century due to the impact that the young heiress Fanny Coutts had on the Headmaster – Roger Juneau will reveal all!!

We may have caused a riot by this stage so you will be reassured to meet retired policeman James Elson talking about his transition from Real Cop to Literary Cop.

Time to wind down a little at this stage in the convivial company of poet Bert Flitcroft whose recently published Just Asking will challenge you to do just that. Amazed by Bert’s talent you will grab the chance to join his subsequent workshop and set your own poetry career in motion.

Recharged and reinvigorated you will not want to miss Matthew Parris bringing our Litfest’22 to a conclusion just in time for you to dip into Filmfest’22 with Colin Firth in a screening of A Single Man based on the novel by former Repton pupil, Christopher Isherwood.

See the full programme for Litfest'22 here

See the gallery of photos and videos for Litfest'22 here