Plans are well under way for this year’s Chiswick Book Festival, which will take place from September 14th to 18th 2017. We’ll be announcing first details of the programme shortly but it’s not too late to suggest books or authors or events: please contact our Author Programme Director Jo James at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read more about Jo in an interview with Books & The City.
Entries for our annual Young People’s Poetry Competition will be closing shortly, on Monday June 5th. See how to enter and the winners of last year’s competition.
And don’t miss William Dalrymple, who will be speaking at our sister event, the Bedford Park Festival in Chiswick, on Monday June 12th. He’ll be in conversation with broadcaster Susannah Simons. And novelist Mavis Cheek will be choosing some of her favourite poems at the Poetry Evening on Wednesday June 14th.
Festival director Torin Douglas with RNIB’s area fundraising manager, Krista Dixon.
Thanks to all our authors, readers and supporters at the 2016 Festival who helped us donate £2,600 each to our reading charities:
- Doorstep Library, which brings the magic of books and reading into children’s homes in deprived parts of London
- RNIB Talking Books Service
- InterAct Stroke Support, which provides actors to read to stroke patients
and to St Michael & All Angels Church which hosts the Festival. We were delighted that Doorstep Library were able to attract matched funding through The Big Give Christmas Challenge making our donation to them worth over £4,630.
The Festival, a non-profit-making, community event, has raised over £60,000 for reading charities and St Michael & All Angels over the past eight years.