2019 Chiswick Book Festival in pictures

The 2019 festival was rich with authors who live locally talking about fascinating topics: Polly Devlin on her memoir Writing Home, Lucy Briers about her late father Richard Briers, who lived for many years in Chiswick, whose biographer James Hogg joined Lucy and actor Peter Egan to celebrate his life; Cahal Dallat on WB Yeats and Tom Mangold on the Profumo Affair.

Graham Holderness talked to broadcaster Julian Worricker about Meat, Murder, Malfeasance, Medicine and Martyrdom: Smithfield Stories: Wat Tyler, Anne Askew, Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, Heinrich Himmler & more … a gruesome presentation if ever there was one; Jane Garvey chaired a session on the much more wholesome topic of Women in the Archers and Marthe Armitage discussed the progression of design over the twentieth century and her own beautiful book The Making of Marthe Armitage: Artist and Printmaker. Children’s author Cressida Cowell, creator of the series How To Train Your Dragon, talked about her latest venture: The Wizards of Once.  

From further afield we had Ken Livingstone, talking about his book Livingstone’s London and festival stalwarts Max Hastings, with Chastise, the story of the Dambusters, and AN Wilson, on his latest book: Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy .

Plus the usual favourite activities – the festival quiz at the Griffin brewery; the local authors evening at Waterstones, which this year included James O’Brien, and workshops which included bookbinding for children.

Photographs below: Polly Devlin; Lucy Briers, James Hogg and Peter Egan; Cahal Dallat; Tom Mangold; Julian Worricker and Graham Holderness; Jane Garvey; Marthe Armitage; Cressida Cowell; Ken Livingstone; Max Hastings; AN Wilson; festival quiz; James O’Brien; children’s bookbinding session; the sun shone on this year’s festival. Local authors’ night at Waterstones. With thanks to Roger Green and Jim Cox for use of their photographs.