Repton Village is to rediscover and celebrate its literary roots in a new 3 day programme of literature and events from 26th October – 28th October 2018.

Repton Literary Festival is the first of a new annual festival – telling stories, inspiring a new generation of writers, bringing engaging speakers to this Derbyshire village.

Long recognised for its accomplished alumni: Repton is author to great words, thoughts and deeds, burying kings, educating performers and growing sporting heroes.

Alumni from Repton School include Roald Dahl, Jeremy Clarkson, Christopher Isherwood, actors Basil Rathbone and Tom Chambers, ex-Derby County footballer, Will Hughes and legendary publisher, Victor Gollancz who published George Orwell and Daphne du Maurier.

The festival is being set up by two long-time Derbyshire community members Nick Brown and Chris Ward-Brown.

Nick Brown, founder said: “We are delighted to be beginning this exciting journey for Repton. It seems only right that Repton should have a festival of its own: celebrating the great literary connections and history that it has and an opportunity to bring exciting speakers to such a fabulous setting.”

“With the support of the community, our aim is to establish a new tradition for this village with such a deep and rich history.”


Repton School is also a popular destination for film and television. Megan Fox visited the village in July to film her latest television series: Mysteries and Myths with Megan Fox and the local chippy is called Goodbye Mr Chips after the famous film shot at Repton School starring Robert Donat.

Repton Literary Festival will be offering talks and events in locations not usually open to the public.

Leading literary agent Kate Nash, programme director for the Repton Literary Festival said: “It’s a deep honour to be involved with putting Repton back on the literary map. Our inaugural programme is so varied and exciting that frankly I can’t wait.”

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