Read all about it: Richmond Literature Festival
22nd October 2012
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The festival programme includes a wide range of novelists and leading figures from politics, journalism, sport, theatre and television including Andrew Marr, Jack Straw, and Prue Leith. This year there is also a Jubilee flavour to some of the programme with events by Tracy Borman and her history of royal weddings, Mary Killen’s ‘How the Queen Can Make You Happy’ and Jeremy Archer’s ‘A Royal Christmas at Hampton Court Palace’.

If prose isn’t what you’re looking for, poetry is also well represented with Roger McGough’s presentation of his new book ‘As Far as I Know’ and a special celebration of Alexander Pope at Marble Hill House.

Team GB’s Olympic success will also be celebrated with rower Greg Searle’s event ‘If Not Now, When?’ and there’s great variety with the three panel events focusing on the media, Victorian and crime fiction.

For the borough’s younger residents the Young People’s programme features events with Emma Chichester Clark, the legendary Judith Kerr, as well as workshops for young children with Nicholas Allan, author of 'The Queen’s Knickers', and Eileen Browne’s 'Boo Boo Baby' and the Giraffe drawing event.

The Literary Salon, supported by Arts Council England, is our new pop-up shop housed in an empty retail premises which will host a wide range of events and workshops for all ages. The Salon programme includes a podcasting workshop with Radio 1 producer Amy Redmond, story telling workshops, poetry and performances from renowned spoken word artists Martin Figura and Byron Vincent, and Inua Ellams and Jacob Sam-La Rose. There’s also the chance to design and make your own comic book – not just for kids!

Here are the key events:

Here's links to each individual event - you can get back to this page by clicking the link at the bottom of each page.

1st November - Crime Panel

3rd November - The King's Revenge

4th November - A Tiger's Wedding

4th November - Desert Island Plays

6th November - The Spy Who Loved

7th November - The Mess We're In

8th November - My Life on a Plate

9th November - The Light Behind the Window

10th November - Kipling & Trix

10th November - The unexpected history of a Richmond sporting club in the Great War

11th November - Titian: His Life

11th November: As Far as I Know

12th November: John Suchet: Beethoven – The Man Revealed

13th November - Creative Writing, Short Story Workshop

13th November - Mozart, Mickey Mouse & the Hoover: The Making of Maurice Sendak

14th November - Anthony Beevor in conversation with Ion Trewin

15th November - How the Queen Can Make You Happy

15th November - House of Fun, 20 Years of Parliamentary Sketches

16th November - Let Me Tell You About Beer

16th November - The Ring and the Crown

17th November - Poet in The City

18th November - Andrew Marr: A History of the World

19th November - Greg Searle: If Not Now, When?

20th November - Jack Straw: Last Man Standing

21st November - Pete Brown: Shakespeare’s Local

22nd November - Jonathan Dimbleby: Destiny in the Desert

22nd November - A History of the Women’s Institute

23rd November - Sex, Lies & Lots of Cake

24th November - A Royal Christmas

25th November - Michael Frayn: Skios

25th November - Covering McKellen – An Understudy’s Tale

27th November - Urban Kitchen Gardener

29th November - Media: Friend or Foe?

30th November - Victorian Fiction Panel

You'll find all the key events listed in our events section - just click on the links above. At the bottom of each event is a link to take you back to the menu.

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