Richmond Literature Festival begins today (November 1st)

Richmond Literature Festival begins today (November 1st)


Richmond Literature Festival offers a diverse programme for book lovers

The 28th annual Richmond Literature Festival promises a diverse range of books and words, tales, talks and ideas for the whole family.

Richmond upon Thames Arts Service worked together with Richmond Library Services to organise the event, which runs across the borough from 1st – 24th November.

Richmond Council Spokesperson for Arts John Coombs declared this year’s edition to be the biggest and boldest to date.

He said: “It is with great excitement that we welcome some of the most talented and relevant authors to our borough this November, each with their own stories to tell.”

The festival offers literary enthusiasts the chance to attend events and workshops with a range of renowned writers, poets and speakers.

 Poetry, literature and comedy highlights

The programme caters to all interests, with events about everything from climate change to dirty dealings in London morgues.

Award-winning poet and playwright Roger McGough opens the programme with a performance from his new poetry collection joinedupwriting.

Peter Pomerantsev examines information warfare in a modern world of influence operations run amok, and Amelia Abraham explores the myths and realities of life for LGBTQ+ people today.

Light relief will be provided by comic Katy Brand and best-selling author Adam Kay, while Strawberry Hill House becomes the atmospheric setting for a gothic fiction panel.

BBC TV presenter Babita Sharma presents a poignant look at our nation of shopkeepers, while writer Zeba Talkhani considers themes of identity, individuality and feminism as she charts her experiences growing up in and moving away from Saudi Arabia.

Writing workshops

Throughout the month, a variety of workshops will also be held for writers of all abilities.

From an introduction to novel writing to tailored workshops covering themes such as location, crime writing and historical fiction, the events will be held by authors and lecturers to inspire, advise and guide creativity.

There are also special family events such as a magical writing workshop and lively discussions and readings with authors such as Anthea Simmons.

See the full programme, with a calendar of events and locations here

Tickets can be booked online, by phone 020 8831 6494, or in person at Orleans House Gallery.


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