Walks and Workshops at the Chiswick Book Festival

Tickets are now on sale for next month’s Chiswick Book Festival, 9 – 15 September, with the usual brilliant mix of authors of fiction and non fiction. Headliners include Gyles Brandreth, Ed Balls, Clare Balding and Alan Johnson.

READ ALSO: This year’s line-up at the Chiswick Book Festival

Book tickets here: Chiswick Book Festival tickets

Images above: Cathy Rentzenbrink, Amita Murray, Peter Hanington

Writing workshops

This year there’s a programme of workshops for would-be writers by successful authors across a variety of genres. It’s fantastic access for anyone who’s thinking of giving it a go.

Cathy Rentzenbrink author of The Last Act of Love, about the life and death of her brother, talks about what you need to think about when writing a memoir.

Amita Murray, who won the SI Leeds Literary Prize in 2016 for her story collection Marmite and Mango Chutney, is running a workshop on comedy writing: ‘on turning your most embarrassing moments and heartbreak into writing that makes people laugh’.

Peter Hanington, who now has three successful thrillers to his name, is giving a session on thriller writing.

These are just three of a programme of eight talks and workshops which you can find here: Workshops and Walks

Image above: EM Forster and his flat in Arlington Park Mansions

Literary walking tours of Chiswick

There are also two historical tours of Chiswick on offer from Blue Badge guide Guy Fairbank, taking in the houses (and flats and houseboats) of some of Chiswick’s best known writers of the past.

The walks will take place over two weekends: 11/12 and 18/19 September.

The High Road and Beyond will take you past the former homes of EM Forster, Patrick Hamilton, Iris Murdoch, JG Ballard and Anthony Burgess.

Strand on the Green to Grove Park follows the trail along the river, from Nancy Mitford’s cottage to the house where Robert Bolt wrote screenplays for Hollywood blockbusters.

Each walk costs £12 (+ booking fee) and lasts about two hours. For more information and to book visit their Eventbrite page: Guy Fairbank walks

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