Castlefest Academy

Panel: Writing a fantasy story – Robin Hobb, Adrian Stone and Thomas Olde Heuvelt

During this panel, which will take place on Sunday between 14.30 and 15.30h, the authors Robin Hobb, Adrian Stone and Thomas Olde Heuvelt will talk about writing a fantasy novel. What are the similarities and what are the differences? The panel will be hosted by author Marte Jongbloed. 

This panel takes place on Sunday at 16.30h

Q&A: the emergence of Castlefest – Mark, Rob & Natasja

Long, long ago, in 2004, Mark and Natasja were visiting various fantasy events on a regular basis. Eventually they came up with the idea to organise a concert with a small market. This is the basis for what has became Castlefest. Curious about the funny anecdotes and stories about all that went wrong throughout the years? During this Q&A Mark, Rob and Natasja will tell you how Castlefest grew out to be world’s most amazing fantasy festival. Be amazed and ask your questions during this Q&A.

This Q&A takes place on Sunday at 14.30h

Faun, Castlefest, fantasy, pagan folk


Ever since the beginning of Castlefest, the bandmemers of FAUN are recurring artists on our line-up. They recall Castlefest as coming home. During this Q&A they will answer all of your questions. Are you curious about what changed the last years for them as a band, or where they get their inspiration from? Or perhaps you’d like to know more about their musical projects outside of FAUN? Drop by, listen and ask your questions during this Q&A.

This Q&A takes place on Friday at 14.30h

Panel: composing music – Eivør & Fieke van den Hurk

Music is emotion, this won’t be a secret for many of you. But how do you turn emotion into music? How do emotions translate into a melody? These emotions will make you as the composer very vulnerable when you perform your music for the first time. 

Eivør and Fieke van den Hurk will answer these and many more questions regarding to composing music. Come join and share your vision on this with us!

This panel takes place on Friday at 18.30h

Panel with Q&A: Rapalje

How do you stay together as a band for 25 years? We can hardly imagine the fantasy world without Rapalje. For more than 25 years they are spending more time together than with anybody else. How are they able to pursue that? Are they sometimes fed up with each other? How do you keep yourself motivated to give everything on stage every time?

These questions and many more will be answered, but Rapalje will tell a lot more funny and special stories during this panel with Q&A. Of course there will be plenty of time to answer your questions, so make sure to ask them everything you want to know.

This panel takes place on Thursday at 16.30h

Lecture: Damsels in Drag – Luke Schouwenaars

Gender is a hot topic, both in the academic world and beyond. In fantasy literature, one of the clearest examples of this is the popularity of crossdressing adventurers. But this is nothing new: even in the Middle Ages, authors wrote about men dressed as women and women dressed as men.

How do the crossdressing adventurers in the works of Tolkien, Pratchett, and Hobb relate to their counterparts in these medieval stories? Luke Schouwenaars, from Utrecht University, has spent almost a full year researching this question. At Castlefest, he will share his findings.

This lecture takes place on Saturday, 12.30h

Lecture: Costume: from chaos to festival – Joris van der Heijdt-Algra

Joris van der Heijdt-Algra is a familiar face in the fantasy world and never seizes to amaze everyone with his wonderful costumes. In this lecture he will tell you everything about the way he creates his costumes: from chaos to festival.
Where does he find his inspiration, what involves in a costume process? By showing examples of his costumes and the process, Joris will take you on the journey of chaos to the end result. Do you have any questions? Joris would be happy to answer them!
This lecture takes place on Sunday at 12.30h

Panel: supernatural elementd

Writer Erik Betten will talk about how his supernatural thriller ‘Quarantaine’ came to life. Do you have any questions? Please do not hesitate to ask them!

This panel takes place on Friday at 12.30h

Panel: Young Adults

Alwyn Hamilton, Jeroen van Unen, Manon Spierenburg, Marte Jongbloed and Floortje Zwigtman will talk about the magic in writing Young Adult books. This panel will give you the opportunity as well to ask questions, so feel free to join in!

This panel takes place on Saturday at 14.30h

Workshops: Didgeridoo & Basis rhythm playing

Daphyd Sens, known from ThunderCrow, will hold two didgeridoo workshops in the Castlefest Academy.

Basic Didgeridoo: the Drone

During this basic workshop Daphyd will talk about several elements of playing the didgeridoo: get acquainted with the instrument, learn to play and control the basic drone and learn all about use of voice and overtones. Next to that Daphyd will teach you the basic elements of circulair breathing.

Thursday 14.00 – 15.00h
Costs: €20,-

Basic Rhythm Playing

During this workshop information will be given about simple rhythms, toots and use of voice in rhythms. Daphyd will explain all about breathing moments and overtones, the use of circulair breathing and training of ‘lip-spanning’.

Saturday 14.00 – 15.00h
Costs: €20,-

Sign up via mail: or at the Coach House at the GUDA/ThunderCrow booth.

Workshop: Young Adult Witchcraft – Marte Jongbloed

When Marte was doing research to modern witchcraft for her YA-Heksenspiegel trilogy (Witches mirror), the subject really grabbed her. She found out how powerful and how positive magic can be, she discovered that there is at least one witch living in every neighbourhood and she understood that those who once find themselves on the path of witches, are never done learning.
In this workshop Marte will explain how she did her research, what she discovered about modern witchcraft and where to find more information so that you, like her, want to learn even more.

This workshop takes place on Sunday at 14.00h

Photo by Robert Jan Duyverman Fotografie

Lecture: daily witchcraft – Lunadea

Are you interested in witchcraft but do you consider yourself more a book witch than a practicing witch? You are not the only one! The question I get asked the most of all is: how can I practise magic/witchcraft in my daily life? When I began practicing witchcraft – almost 20 years ago – I was scared to do anything magical at all, afraid that it could go wrong and I would call bad luck on me. But after a couple of talks with more experienced witches, and some tips and tricks, I began to practise a moremagical witchy daily life. In my lecture on daily witchcraft I will give you the same tips. I want to give you that same boost to have the courage to get out of the books and bring book knowledge in practice. Because practical witchcraft isn’t difficult or scary! It’s magic!

This lecture takes place on Saturday at 18.30h

Q&A: Robin Hobb

During this Q&A Robin Hobb will take the time to answer your questions. Do you want to know where she gets her inspiration from, how certain characters come into existence, or perhaps you’d just like to know if she owns any pets? Drop by, ask your questions or just sit back, relax and listen :-)

This Q&A takes place on Friday at 16.30h

Presentation: Castlefest Chronicles 4

The only fantasyseries where reality and fantasy are inextricably entangled with each other. With Castlefest and his unique sphere as background, with al his well known exhibitors, visitors and organizers, there are always some people who empathize themselves too much with there character, cosplayers with an identity-crisis, or creatures who escape from the minds of their creators and end up in Castlefest. And not everyone has good intentions…

In part four, the start of a new trilogy, Arthur Dogan is ready to go to Castlefest, dressed up as Doctor Watson. There he witnesses a mysterious show, which seems to exceed fantasy and the best detective in the world has a unique mystery on his hands.

Reviews and comments

Castlefest Chronicles is an fantastic book. A real recommendation.’
Andre Koolen, presenter Radio West.

‘An absolute must read for Fantasylovers and Castlefest visitors.’

‘A feast of recognition. (…) Even if you never been to Castlefest, it’s still a very good book to read, because of the imaginative and exciting story. 4 stars.
Marcel van der Rijst, Hebban

This presentation takes place on Thursday at 12.00h

Cover art by Maarten de Bruin

Workshop: characters and acting – Peter van Roermunt

To understand the behaviour of a character, it is important to understand how dramatic actions are constructed. By grasping this, the writer also fulfils the role of actor: re-enacting a scene makes it possible to write about it in more detail. 

In this workshop you will get acquainted with some play principles that can be found in every book. Attendees are invited to join in!

This workshop takes place on Friday at 12.00h