2013 Brochure richmond lit festival 1

A fantastic festival of books & words, tales, talks, ideas & thoughts

Now in its’ 22nd year, the Richmond Literature Festival is a calendar highlight for the borough and beyond.

Taking place throughout the whole of November this years’ main programme features an exciting and varied line up of authors, commentators and leading figures from the world of journalism, television, food, history and politics.

Here are just a selection of highlights from the programme:

Charles Moore, author of the Authorized Margaret Thatcher biography, speaking at Richmond Theatre on Sunday 10 November at 7.30 (Tickets are already on sale for this event through Richmond Theatre box office:: 0844 871 7651 or www.atgtickets.com/richmond)

Next door at the Orange Tree Theatre there is a varied programme of events including the ever popular Desert Island Books with Lee Langley, leading biographer Philip Zeigler on his new biography of Laurence Olivier and author of The King’s Speech, Peter Conradi on his latest book Hot Dogs and Cocktails.

Festival partners, artsrichmond are presenting Sir Max Hastings at Duke Street Church on 6 November at 7.30 and historical novelist Anne O’Brien at Orleans House Gallery on 17 November at 2.30pm

There will also be events on antiques, cocktails and beer, food and gardening and the recent discovery of Richard III remains with historians Philippa Langley & Michael Jones. Local authors Sandra Hempel and Rhidian Brook will be talking about their new books in separate events and there will be panel discussions on crime fiction, historical fiction and outsider artist Madge Gill. Poetry and spoken word will feature and there will also be the opportunity to visit local publishing house Harlequin UK and participate in a workshop on publishing with their Editorial Director.

Our programme for children and young people includes events with acclaimed author and illustrator of the Alfie series, Shirley Hughes along with her daughter Clara Vullimay, a workshop for families on Contemporary Art with Jacky and Suzy Klein and Damien Dibben, author of the popular series The History Keepers.

Many of this years’ festival events are set among prestigious heritage locations including Marble Hill House, Strawberry Hill House as well as the borough’s libraries and other interesting spaces.

For more information on the festival and how to book, please visit www.richmondliterature.com Booking will open at the end of September and the full festival programme and brochure will be available then.