The Chiswick Book Festival brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books. It started in 2009 with speakers including Lady Antonia Fraser, Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, Lynn Barber and Michael Frayn and has kept up the same high calibre of speakers ever since.
4:30-5pm: Poetry Competition Prize Giving
Clare Balding will present the prizes for the 11th Chiswick Book Festival Young People’s Poetry Competition. Supported by ChiswickW4.com.
St Michael & All Angels Church. Admission free, but tickets must be booked online via Festival website. Priority booking for prizewinners and their families.
5:15pm: Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going
Clare Balding talks about her first non- fiction book for children which aims to empower and inspire young people to be unafraid of failure. Age 7+
St Michael & All Angels Church, £5
6:30pm: Alvin Rakoff: I’m Just The Guy Who Says Action
From Z Cars and the BBC Shakespeare, to discovering Sean Connery and Alan Rickman, the Emmy-winning director (and Chiswick neighbour of Richard Briers) has seen it all. He shares memories of Laurence Olivier, Peter Sellers and more.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Theatre, ArtsEd, 14 Bath Road, £10
8pm: The Prime Ministers We Never Had
Steve Richards talks about eleven individuals who never quite made it to Number 10, including RA Butler, Denis Healey, Michael Heseltine and Jeremy Corbyn.
St Michael & All Angels Church, £10
Book tickets: ticketsource.co.uk
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