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The 28th Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival will take place throughout November, with another stellar line-up of writers, broadcasters, historians, new talent and activities for all ages.

The main programme will feature, among others: London mudlark Lara Maiklem discussing her treasure trove of finds from the banks of the River Thames, writer & journalist Zeba Talkhani charting her experiences growing up in Saudi Arabia and her journey to find freedom, plus take your pick from some of our finest historians: Alison Weir, Antonia Fraser, Kate Williams, Tracy Borman, Katie Hickman and Bettany Hughes, all appearing at this year’s festival.

Other programme highlights include:

  • Number 10’s first ever Researcher in Residence, Jack Brown going behind one of the world’s most iconic doors to the heart of British politics
  • Journalist Amelia Abraham exploring the myths and realities of life for LGBTQ people today
  • Something in the Shadows- a deliciously gothic evening with novelists Stacey Halls, Jess Kidd and Michelle Paver taking place in the famous ‘gloomth’ of Strawberry Hill House
  • Award-winning writers and mental health professionals Nathan Filer & Joanna Cannon debunking myths and challenging assumptions on what it means to be mad
  • Former Superintendent of Southwark Mortuary shares his thrilling memoir of death and dirty dealings in a London Morgue
  • BBC TV Presenter Babita Sharma reflects on her childhood growing up above a corner shop and takes a poignant look at our nation of shopkeepers
  • Cheesemonger Ned Palmer uncovers the histories of our most beloved cheeses on a mouth-watering journey through time and… cheese

There is also a fantastic programme of activities for families: a specially curated event celebrating 19th century fossil finder Mary Anning, a fantasy writing workshop with Steve Feasey, and children’s illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson’s wondrous creations Amelia Fang & Evil Emperor Penguin battling it out in a riotous afternoon of live drawing and story-telling!

Cllr John Coombs, Lead Member for Culture for Richmond Council, said:

“We hope the festival hits another gear this year. To celebrate our 28th anniversary, the programme this year is particularly special.

More venues than ever before will be hosting the programme; libraries across the borough, The National Archives and the Bingham Riverhouse, the list goes on.

The borough is a beautiful place to spend a winter’s evening and the calibre of authors and artists appearing offer something for everyone.

We are also keen to make sure young people can join in, so we have a range of classes for children and families.

I look forward to getting to as many of these events as I can and I would encourage you to find out what is on offer.”

The box office for the 2019 Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival opens on Tuesday 1 October at 10am. Tickets can be booked online, by phone 020 8831 6494, or in person at Orleans House Gallery.

Keep up to date by visiting our website and follow us on social media @richmondlitfest for exciting news and programme reveals.

– from a Richmond Council press release - 27 September 2019