image - The 30th annual Richmond Literature Festival begins this week

With tickets selling fast and many events already sold out residents are being encouraged to book their tickets ahead of this year’s Richmond Literature Festival. This year’s festival will run from 5 to 21 November 2021.

The 2021 programme will explore the theme of ‘breaking ground’. Through literature and ideas, the festival will imagine the new possibilities of our future with an events programme including talks by authors, historians, politicians and more, with writing workshops as well as activities for children and families.

The festival begins this Friday 5 November with a special launch event entitled ‘This is How We Come Back Stronger’ which will bring together award-winning writers, filmmaker and thinkers; Kate Mosse, Sara Collins and Juliet Jacques to discuss how we can work for change in the aftermath of crisis.

Other festival highlights include Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain with author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera who examines the enduring influence of empire which will be made into an upcoming Channel 4 documentary, and The Fortune Men with Nadifa Mohamed who is the only British author to make the 2021 Booker Prize shortlist.

Book your tickets online or by phone on the Richmond Literature Festival website.

A number of this year’s events will be held online only while other in person events will be live streamed allowing residents to view events virtually.

Explore the full programme of events.

Cllr John Coombs, Spokesperson for Arts, said:

“The excitement is building for this year’s festival. The unique focus of this year’s festival running alongside Richmond Climate Week will see the events exploring this year’s theme of breaking ground.

“The festival will bring together an exciting group of writers and thinkers and provide a unique opportunity to see some acclaimed writers exploring some of the most important issues of our times. See you there.”

– from a Richmond Council press release - 4 November 2021