As Richmond Literature Festival 2017 comes to a close we look back on our most successful year to date! With a litany of sell out talks and a host of world famous authors we are sad to close the curtains on our favourite month of the year.
Some of the literary world’s biggest names flocked to Richmond to hold a range of fascinating workshops, talk and events attracting larger crowds than ever before! Some of our highlights include the iconic Claire Tomlin who stunned audiences with her insightful and inspiring memoirs and The National Theaters favourite James Hayes and his witty tales of the theatre.
Not to mention the legendary David Starkey with his latest book on Henry VIII, who may have been the first Brexiteer! Melvyn Bragg on the life of William Tyndale, Ann Thwaite with her celebrated biography and Peter Stanford with his tales of Martin Luther and Catholic dissent.
Our children’s line up was as popular as ever. In particular David Baddiel’s Birthday Boy which allowed parents and children to explore Baddiel’s world through fiction and illustration, and Harriet Muncaster’s fancy dress, Halloween themed afternoon of literary fun!
With over 3000 tickets sold across forty-three events, we are proud to call Richmond Literature Festival 2017 a roaring success!
We would like to take this opportunity to thanks everyone who made Literature Festival 2017 such a spectacular event.
For those experiencing post Richmond Literature Festival blues, head over to St Mary’s University, Twickenham on Tuesday 5th December to catch the launch of Alumna Lara Dearman’s book ‘The Devil’s Claw’.
Lara, a 2016 graduate of the Creative Writing MA, introduces the first part in her new crime novel series set in the Channel Islands.
The story follows reporter Jennifer Dorey as she investigates a string of murders on her childhood home of Guernsey, putting herself at danger from the murderer.
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Literature Festival is well under way and so we've created our list of what NOT to miss in the final weeks!
Luke Wright – The Toll
Join Fringe First Award winning poet Luke Wright - and his eclectic range of characters - on a journey through the flat-roofed pubs and the couches of Brexit Britain this Friday! Described by Patti Smith as “cool poems” and the New Scotsman as “Visceral, poignant, and riotously funny”, Luke Wright is an up and coming poet not to be missed!
Isobel Charman – The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo
Isobel Charman takes her audience to the “First Zoo in History” in her epic tale of the first twenty-five years of The London Zoo. Meet characters from Charles Darwin to Queen Victoria against an adventurous backdrop of the might of the British Empire at a time of scientific and naturalist discovery.
Described as “A deeply researched, terrifically entertaining exploration of the London Zoo “through the eyes of some of the people who made it happen”, make sure you don’t miss tickets to an evening which will not disappoint!
Judith Flanders – Christmas: A Biography
As the evenings turn colder join renowned historian Judith Flanders on an exploration of the nation’s favourite festival. Flanders delves back in time, investigating all aspects of Christmas from rowdy traditions and over consumption to the 1914 Christmas Truce and wrapping paper.
Packed through with legends, myths and the origins of familiar traditions, Flanders talk is bound to get you into the festive spirit equipping you with Christmas Dinner talking points and perhaps new traditions to bring to your family table.
Limited tickets still available for James Hayes: Shouting in the Evening and Clover Stroud: The Wild Other Recovery and Loving in the Wild
Tickets can be purchased HERE
The Richmond Literature Festival is well underway and so we’ve created a guide of our top five not to be missed talks in the coming weeks! Tickets are limited to make sure you book to avoid disappointment on the day.
Alexander Langlands – Craeft - November 11th at 3pm
This Saturday Alexander Langland delves into our growing obsession with craft when faced with mass manufacturing and a disposable culture. Through a ‘collection of his own personal experiences in the role and history of craft’, Langland explores how it can affect society past and present.
The popular broadcasters book emerged over a fifteen-year career in archaeology, historic farming and from his own experience in researching and practicing traditional crafts whilst running a small holding. Langland passionately defends the importance of craft on his energetic endeavour to find the lost meaning of the word which once “possessed an almost indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom, and power”.
Local Blood – A Panel Discussion with Local Authors Michelle Birkby, Emma Curtis and Jess Kidd - November 15th at 7pm
Renowned crime authors Michelle Birkby, Emma Curtis and Jess Kidd team up to discuss writing processes, recent novels and of course crime in a highly anticipated panel discussion next Wednesday!
One not to be missed if you’re partial to intrigue and mystery, Local Blood promises to be an entertaining evening of suspense and unease!
James Hayes – Shouting in the Evenings - November 16th at 7pm
Next week, join Richmond local James Hayes on a thespian journey through Limerick, London and New York. Having appeared in more National Theatre plays than any other living actor (fifty-three!) Hayes discusses his memoir and a career in theatre that spans over fifty years.
Through the course of his profession, Hayes has worked with house hold names Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellen to name just a few. Filled with juicy tit bits of backstage gossip Shouting in the Evenings has been described as a loving ode to the Theatre and easily makes it on our ‘not to be missed’ list this year!
Clover Stroud – The Wild Other: Recovery and Loving in the Wild - November 17th at 7.30pm
Join journalist, writer and mother Clover Stroud in conversation with award winning journalist Sarah Tucker about her memoir ‘The Wild Other’. Follow Stroud in her search for home after her mother’s catastrophic accident turned her idyllic childhood upside down, prompting Stroud to embark on a journey that traverses’ boomtown Dublin and the plains of Texas.
From Texan cowgirl to well respected journalist and mother Stroud’s fascinating life story has been described as a ‘thought provoking’ book that explores the ‘hinterlands of grief’ as Stroud develops in to a woman and loving mother in her own right.
Tickets still available for our children’s events which can be found on our bookings page!
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Friday 10 November, 4pm
As well as the exciting week ahead we have here at the Richmond Literature Festival, our friends at ‘The Alligator’s Mouth’ are holding a very special event – Author / Illustrator Team Peter Bently and Steven Lenton will be hosting story time activities from 4pm THIS FRIDAY including a reading from their adapted picture book version of ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians’. Cruella De Vil may even be present!...
Don’t miss out on this dazzling new take on an old classic by reserving a place either in store or by calling 020 8948 6775.