New chapter of iconic festival sure to hook literature fans this autumn

Release Date: 27 September 2017

The box office for Richmond upon Thames’ iconic Literature Festival will open on Monday 2 October at 10am and this year’s line-up promises to be something special.

Richmond Council’s Arts Service has once again put together a full programme that is sure to delight literary fans.

Highlights include former Richmond resident and author of acclaimed AA Milne biography, Ann Thwaite, discussing her book which has recently been adapted into the film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

Families and young people will also be well represented with interactive workshops and appearances by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, and author David Baddiel. 

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

“We are very proud of this festival and we are always thrilled to be able to welcome such a talented group of authors to the borough.

“This year's festival is set to be our most diverse yet, with an even greater range of creative talent on board to enthral fans this winter. I know events will be in high demand so I urge anyone who is interested to get their tickets as soon as they can so they don’t miss out.”

Catherine Hewitt, who is returning to the Festival to discuss her new book ‘Renoir’s Dancer’, said:

“I am delighted to be coming to speak at Richmond again this year! It is such a welcoming and friendly environment. As a writer, it is a wonderful opportunity to meet readers and hear their thoughts and ideas.

“The reader is such an important part of a writer’s work, so the value of the intimate contact Richmond Literature Festival encourages cannot be overstated. And of course for readers, it provides the perfect occasion to pose all those questions they have been burning to ask!”

You can book tickets:

  • online from
  • by phone 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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Reference: P444/17

Updated: 4 October 2017