Book worms planning a trip to London can indulge their passion for literature at a special festival held in the city next month.
Held throughout November, the annual Richmond Literature Festival regularly attracts some of the biggest writers and key figures from the worlds of politics, journalism, sport, theatre and television – and this year is no different.
Now in its 21st year, the festival will take over the whole of Richmond, with venues across the borough, including the new Literary Salon supported by Arts Council England, set to host a number of events and big-name stars.
Visitors to the festival staying in hotels in London will be able to see the likes of political commentator Andrew Marr, Labour MP Jack Straw and TV chef Prue Leith in-person, while there is a Jubilee feel thanks to Tracy Borman’s history of royal weddings and Mary Killen’s ‘How the Queen Can Make You Happy’.
Poetry fans are also well catered for thanks to a special celebration of Alexander Pope at Marble Hill House.
Another major event of the British summer, the Olympics, will also be celebrated, with rower Greg Searle’s event If Not Now, When?.
Meanwhile, little ones will be keen to enjoy the events listed on the Young People’s programme, with such delights as workshops with Nicholas Allan, author of The Queen’s Knickers, and Boo Boo Baby author Eileen Browne. There will also be a giraffe drawing event for budding young artists.
Councillor Pamela Fleming, cabinet member for Community, Business and Culture, claimed that the line-up for this year’s Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival looks better than ever.
She said: “With events all month, in every part of the borough, there is bound to be something to tickle your fancy; have a look at the full programme list to find out what.
“For years we have been building on the success of previous Literature Festivals (previously named Book Now), learning lessons and improving what we are able to offer residents, and I am sure that this year will really showcase the excellence that people have come to expect.”