Book closes on another successful Richmond Literature Festival

Release Date: 30 November 2017

The book has closed on another hugely successful Richmond Literature Festival with more than 3000 tickets sold for 38 events in venues across the borough over the last 3 weeks.

Now in its 26th year, the cornerstone of the borough’s cultural programme continues to attract big names from the literary world.

A variety of authors, personalities and celebrities held a range of fascinating workshops, talks, and events across the programme.

Highlights this year included: Melvyn Bragg on the legacy of William Tyndale, Hilary Spurling looking back on the life of Anthony Powell, Claire Tomalin in conversation with Susannah Clapp and Ann Thwaite discussing her acclaimed biography of A.A. Milne ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’.

There was also an author panel discussion, poetry night, open mic event, creative writing workshops and the first public showing of WW1 dance film ‘Memories Flow Through Me Like a Boat Flows Down the River’ inspired by the Belgian refugees who lived in the borough.

Families were entertained throughout November with fantastic weekend events including David Baddiel introducing his new book ‘Birthday Boy’ and former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell enthralling audiences with live drawing and storytelling.

Cllr David Linnette, Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and the Voluntary Sector said:

“The Literature Festival is always a focal point of the year for the borough’s cultural programme and we have once again been able to put on a hugely diverse and interesting lineup for residents of all ages to enjoy.

“The Council’s arts programme continues with plenty of classes and exhibitions on offer in the lead up to Christmas, so if you enjoyed the Literature Festival why not check out what else may be of interest to you.”

For more information on the programmes on offer visit the Arts festivals pages.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P556/17

Updated: 1 December 2017