Stories from the past come alive at 2017 Literature Festival

Release Date: 23 October 2017

Richmond upon Thames’ iconic literature festival kicks-off next week with a number of authors shedding light on the past with tales of war, hope, survival and old fashioned village life.

The first weekend of the festival sees author and social historian John Grindrod discussing his new book, Outskirts, on the history of the greenbelt and suburban life.

On Tuesday 7 November historian and travel writer Tom Fort will discuss his new book ‘Village News’, an exploration of the essence of village life, at Hampton Library.

Well known broadcaster and historian, Peter Snow, and his wife, Ann MacMillan discuss their fascinating account of 34 people caught up in the turbulence of war, in ‘War Stories’ on Thursday 9 November.

Tickets are also still available to see Alexander Laglands, archaeologist and presenter of BBC’s ‘Victorian Farm’ series with his new work about the lost knowledge of ‘craeft’.

Finally, writer and journalist Clover Stroud will be chatting to Sarah Tucker about her brilliant memoir ‘The Wild Other’ on Friday 17 November at the Old Town Hall in Richmond.

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

“The calibre of authors attending this year’s literature festival is simply magnificent and it kicks off as it will continue.

“I’m sure people will already have an idea of what they are particularly interested in and, judging by line-up for the first few days, there’ll be a topic most people will find interesting.”

Tickets are available online at, by telephone on 020 8831 6494, in person via the Orleans House Gallery Visitor Centre, or at the door up to 30 minutes prior to each event, subject to availability.

Notes for editors

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Updated: 31 October 2017