Tickets on sale now for 15th annual Chiswick Book Festival

Image above: Some of the famous faces who will join the festival

Nadiya Hussain, Marcus Brigstocke and Jess Phillips MP just some of the famous names at this year’s festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual Chiswick Book Festival, offering book lovers a chance to indulge in 75 events over eight exciting days in September.

The festival, held from 6-13 September, promises a diverse and an engaging programme, featuring renowned authors, talks, workshops, children’s events, film and theatre performances, and even a quiz evening. The Festival aims to support reading charities and St Michael & All Angels Church, the host of the event.

Top names headlining the event include impressive lineup of notable authors from various genres. Among them are Alan Titchmarsh, Jacqueline Wilson, AN Wilson, Clive Myrie, Nadiya Hussain, Marcus Brigstocke, and Jess Phillips MP.

The festival has recently added more exciting names to the lineup too, including Phyllis Logan, Janet Ellis, Andy Nyman, Jeremy Vine, Chris Tarrant, and Louise Minchin.

Chiswick Book Festival prides itself on offering something for all literary enthusiasts. With a carefully curated program encompassing history, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, food, wine, politics, children’s books, and much more, the event provides a well-rounded and engaging experience for attendees.

Image above: Wonky

A rich programme

The festival’s comprehensive eight-day programme includes a variety of events that cater to different interests. There will be talks, discussions, walks, workshops, children’s events, film and theatre performances, and a lively quiz evening.

In addition to acclaimed authors from around the world, the festival also celebrates local talent. Several authors from Chiswick will participate in the newly updated Chiswick Writers Trail, honouring notable dramatists, novelists, and poets who once called Chiswick home. The festival will also commemorate the centenary of Chiswick, the history by Warwick Draper, with a discussion led by Val Bott and James Wisdom of the Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society.

Young readers and their families will also find plenty to enjoy at the festival. The talented Daisy Goodwin will present prizes for the Festival’s 13th Young People’s Poetry Competition, and Jacqueline Wilson are hosting The Best Sleepover In The World. The Really Big Pants Theatre Company will return with an exciting new show, Wonky, while a Fashion Upcycling Workshop for teenagers with Tash Bell is likely to be popular.

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the festival will screen six short films featuring some of the Bard’s most famous lines, followed by a Q&A session. In collaboration with The Chiswick Cinema, a screening of Shadowlands, a film about CS Lewis, will honor the renowned creator of the Narnia books. Additionally, the Theatre at the Tabard will showcase a new production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, followed by a Q&A with the writer and cast.

Image above: Jess Phillips MP, Marcus Brigstocke and Nadiya Hussain (L to R)

Star-studded events at ArtsEd

ArtsEd, the prestigious performing arts school, will host five events featuring stars from TV, radio, and theatre. Attendees can look forward to a lively evening with comedian Marcus Brigstocke and MP Jess Phillips, as well as captivating talks by Michael Frayn, Chris Tarrant, Oliver Soden, Phyllis Logan, and Janet Ellis, who will be recording the podcast Twice Upon A Time.

The Chiswick Book Festival is not just a celebration of literature but also a community-focused event that raises funds for charitable causes. Beneficiaries include St Michael & All Angels Church, the host of the festival, as well as three reading charities: Read for Good, Koestler Arts, and Read Easy Ealing.

The Festival’s Programme Director, Jo James, expressed her excitement for the 15th edition, saying:

“To celebrate our 15th birthday, we’re delighted that two distinguished authors from our first ever festival are returning – Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Frayn. But we have a wealth of new and exciting voices too, reflecting the best of the autumn publishing and the wealth of talent we have within the area. There is definitely something for everyone!”

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