Richmond Literature Festival

Top authors, historians, and a former MP - the Richmond Literature Festival is back. Highlights of the 24th Richmond Literature Festival have been announced and include an exciting mixture of books, words, tales, talks and ideas.

The cultural event of the year will once again run throughout November and the programme contains a number of famous literary figures, personalities and celebrities. The action-packed month includes panel discussions, creative writing workshops, crime fiction, events marking the borough’s First World War commemorations, history, art and science.

Highlights of the programme, that will be announced in full in September, include:

- British Journalist and Foreign Correspondent for the Sunday Times, Christina Lamb, will discuss her new book ‘Farewell Kabul’.

- Top surgeon, Henry Marsh, will share stories of life, death, and brain surgery. British Linguist and author, David Crystal, will take festival goers through the minefield that is British punctuation.

- The Guardian’s Theatre Critic, Michael Billington will be in conversation with Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre, Paul Miller, discussing 101 greatest plays.

- The social history of the 1950s is explored in Virginia Nicholson’s Perfect Wives in Idea Homes

- Acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell will be at Hampton Library to talk about her book First Lady: The Lives and Wars of Clementine Churchill.

- Former Business Secretary and Twickenham MP, Vince Cable, will provide a unique insight into the state of the British economy and global financial market. The discussion is part of Dr Cable’s new book ‘After the Storm’ which will take place at Richmond Theatre on Sunday, November 15.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Arts and Culture, Cllr Meena Bond, said:

“The Richmond Literature Festival is already promising to be bigger and better than ever with a host of stellar names already on the programme. Thousands of residents come along each year to support the festival and celebrate literature in all its forms. There’s something for all literary and cultural tastes once more and so I have no doubt that the festival will be a huge success.”

The full programme will be released mid-September and the box office will open on September 28th. For more information visit Richmond Literature or call 020 8831 6000.