Richmond Literature Festival launches 30th anniversary programme of events
Richmond Literature Festival has today launched its 2021 programme of events, with a timely focus on how we can be more sustainable, more inclusive, and more equal. The first ticket release is now on sale at Richmond Literature Festival
This year’s festival takes place from the 5-21 November in venues across the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. It will see a return to in person events after last year’s shift to an online only programme due to the pandemic. Following the success of the 2020 festival there will be a series of hybrid events for audiences U.K. wide.
This year the festival takes a thematic approach, exploring the concept of Breaking Ground. Through looking back to history and bringing together some of today’s most exiting writers and thought leaders to explore what our future could look like. The Festival will feature book launches, panel discussions and some of the most exciting releases of 2021.
Programme highlights include the festival launch event ‘This Is How We Come Back Stronger’, a panel of some of the UK’s most prominent feminist writers including Kate Mosse, Sara Collins and Juliet Jacques discussing how we can shape the world we want in the aftermath of crisis.
Nadifa Mohamed will be discussing her new Booker Prize shortlisted book The Fortune Men. Nadifa is the only British writer on the shortlist for 2021.
The climate and environment focused weekend from the 6 – 7 November will culminate in ‘This is Happening Now: How Can We Confront the Climate Crises?’ panel discussion, in partnership with Richmond Climate Week and Landmark Arts Centre. Esteemed environmentalist and former director of Friends of the Earth Jonathon Porritt CBE joins a panel of speakers, including Dr Alice Bell, to explore how we can take collective action to avert runaway climate change alongside the COP26 conference.
Monique Roffey, winner of the 2020 Costa Book of The Year for The Mermaid of Black Conch, joins Courttia Newland in conversation about their approaches to exploring contemporary issues through literary fiction.
Our fiction events continue as we journey into The Wolf Den with number one bestseller Elodie Harper.
Award winning journalist and broadcaster Sathnam Sanghera discusses his Baillie Gifford prize nominated book Empireland and how understanding the history of imperialism is fundamental to understanding Britain today with Professor Corinne Fowler, author of the National Trusts report on its historic houses links to empire.
Sarvat Hasin, Charlotte Higgins and new Time Team presenter Natalie Haynes talk about their approaches to reinterpreting and retelling the stories of the women of Greek myth.
Jarred McGinnis speaks to Evie Wyld: Jarred McGinnis|Evie Wyld 9/11/2021, 7.30pm
Natasha Brown & Caleb Azumah Nelson in conversation: Natahsa Brown|Caleb AzumahNelson 16/11/2021, 7.30pm
Local Authors Day
So You Want to Write a Novel Workshop: Russell Schechter 20/11/2021, 11.30am
How to Get Published: Rowan Cope|Susie Lynes|Ellen Alpsten 20/11/2021, 2.30pm
The Girl Who Talked To Trees: Natasha Farrant|Lydia Corry 7/11/2021, 11.30am
Our Beautiful Game: Lou Kuenzler 14/11/2021, 11.30am
Mr Shaha’s Marvellous Machines: Alom Shaha 21/11/2021, 11.30am
Twickenhamshire and the Thames: Richmond Borough’s Luminary Heritage Landscape presented by London Luminaries Chris Sumner|Emily Parker|Tim Corum|Ricky Pound|Dr Judith Hawley|Carole Tucker 11/11/2021, 7.30pm
All The King’s Fools: Disability and the Tudors presented by The National Archives Phillipa Vincent Connelly|Chaired by Euan Roger 17/11/2021, 7.30pm
I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain: Anita Sethi
Palace of Palms: Tropical Dreams and the Making of Kew: Kate Teltscher|Chaired by Mutki Jain Campion
Deeper Into the Wood Walking Tour: Ruth Pavey
The Prime Ministers We Never Had presented by Arts Richmond: Steve Richards
The Beatles and Fandom presented by St Mary’s University and The Exchange: Richard Mills
The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu: Jo Willet|Chaired by Anne Sebba
Hard Choices: What Britain Does Next presented by Arts Richmond: Peter Ricketts|Chaired by Geeta Guru-Murthy
Nature's Palette presented by Museum of Richmond: Patrick Baty
Ethel Rosenburg: A Cold War Tragedy presented by Arts Richmond: Anne Sebba
The Radical Potter: Josiah Wedgwood and the Transformation of Britain: Tristram Hunt
Minarets in the Mountain presented by Habitats & Heritage: Tharik Hussain
What a fabulous programme the Richmond Literature Festival has planned for it’s 30th anniversary event. All can be booked via the Festival website, just click on the logo below.
My thanks to Jocelyn at Richmond Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery for the invitation to take part in the Richmond Literature Festival 30th anniversary launch. What a wonderful list of events, authors and contributors that will, no doubt, make for a rich and hugely successful festival.
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About the Festival
Richmond Literature Festival is produced by Richmond Arts Service in partnership with Richmond Libraries Service. Events take place in libraries and venues across the borough and in partnership with local organisations. Rooted in Richmond Upon Thames yet global in outlook; Richmond Literature Festival brings writers and communities together and has been a hub for thought provoking experiences for 30 years.Speakers at the 2020 festival included Ben Okri, Christy Lefteri, Laura Dockrill and Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason. Previous speakers include Jacqueline Wilson, Prue Leith, Andrew Marr, Inua Ellams, and Kae Tempest.
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