Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival 2014

Once again the Richmond Literature Festival will take place throughout the month of November, bringing a whole range of exciting literary events to the borough, celebrating literature in all its forms. Now in its 23rd year, the festival is a calendar highlight in the local area and this year will festival will continue to enchant with a huge variety of books and words, tales and talks and events and workshops to capture everyone’s imagination.

This years’ main programme features a range of literary figures and personalities covering a variety of subjects including history, music, art, politics and war. The festival is delighted to welcome the esteemed actor and national treasure Sheila Hancock, who will be talking about writing her very first novel at the age of 82. Acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Peter Snow will give an illustrated talk on the 1814 British invasion of Washington and former Secretary of State for Defence, Liam Fox, will discuss his book Rising Tides: Facing the Challenges of a New Era, and Irving Finkel talking about the building of the Ark following from his book ‘The Ark before Noah’ recently a Channel 4 documentary.

In addition, to mark 100 years since the beginning of World War One, award winning journalist Kate Adie will be telling the story of women in the war and there will also be the opportunity for families to discover local stories from the First World War with a special tour of In Their Footsteps, the exhibition curated by local young people at Orleans House Gallery followed by a literary arts activity.

Alongside this there will also be performances of Shakespeare, creative writing, Christmas carol’s and even afternoon tea!

Mmany of the festival events will be hosted among prestigious heritage locations including Strawberry Hill House and Hampton Court Palace, in addition to the borough’s libraries, churches and other interesting spaces including the Bingham hotel, the Orange Tree Theatre and the borough’s universities.

The festival is delighted to be hosting the hugely popular and local author Jacqueline Wilson as she discusses her 100th title Opal Plumstead. There will also be the opportunity to see author of the ‘keelest’ kids series ever, Barry Loser, Jim Smith at the Orange Tree Theatre as well as take part in a creative writing workshop with local author Mary Evans.

For more information on the festival and how to book tickets for the events on offer, please visit or call 020 8831 6000.