Now in its’ 21st year, the Richmond Literature Festival is a calendar highlight for the borough and beyond. This years’ programme features a wide range of authors, commentators and leading figures from politics, journalism, sport, theatre and television, including Andrew Marr, Jack Straw and Prue Leith. The programme also celebrates the unique events of 2012 with events by historian Tracy Borman and Olympic rower Greg Searle. There will also be special poetry events from Roger McGough and a celebration of Alexander Pope at Marble Hill House.
Our programme for young people includes events with Emma Chichester Clark, the legendary Judith Kerr, as well as workshops for young children with Nicholas Allan author of The Queens Knickers, and Eileen Browne’s Boo Boo Baby and the Giraffe drawing event.
Many of this years’ festival events are set among prestigious heritage locations including galleries, arts centres and universities across the borough.
We’ll also be introducing The Literary Salon, supported by Arts Council England; our new pop-up shop which will provide a stage for some of the most exciting live literature events for all ages. The programme includes a podcasting workshop, tea, cake and storytelling, poetry, and performances from renowned spoken word artists Martin Figura & Byron Vincent and Inua Ellams & Jacob Sam-La Rose.