Chiswick Book Festival 2014

The Sixth Chiswick Book Festival is coming! It will run from Thursday September 11th to Monday 15th 2014, based at St Michael & All Angels, Bedford Park, London W4, where books will be on sale courtesy of Waterstones in Chiswick. Other events will be held at Chiswick House, Chiswick Library, the Arts Educational Schools and the Tabard Theatre. Please put the dates in your diary now and make a long weekend of it! The full programme will be published in August – watch here for updates – and relive the 2013 highlights below. Tickets will go on sale here in the middle of  August 2014, when this site will be refreshed and updated.

Authors will include Douglas Hurd, Simon Mayo, AN Wilson, Charles Spencer, Bryony Gordon, Toby Young, Jane Thynne, Elizabeth Buchan, Malcolm Gluck, Chris Bryant MP, David Hempleman-Adams, Helen  Macdonald, Sarah Boseley, Stephen Grosz, Andy Miller, Elizabeth Speller, Juliet West, Ross Biddiscombe and Tim Moore. Watch here for more names as they are added.

Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, will speak at the opening event at Chiswick House on Thursday September 11th. He will talk about his book The Building of England, which lists Chiswick House and Bedford Park among the country’s most significant building developments. Juliet West and Elizabeth Speller will speak at Chiswick Library on Monday September 15th.

The Festival is a non-profit-making, community event. It raises money for the three charities below, all related to reading:

It also raises money for St Michael & All Angels Church which hosts the Festival. This year that money will go to its Organ & Parish Rooms Appeal.

In the meantime, don’t miss the videos of these book-related events at the Bedford Park Festival which took place at St Michael & All Angels in June 2014:

Saturday June 7th – Bedford Park, the novel by Bryan Appleyard – published that week.

Monday June 9th – Rock Stars Stole My Life!, by Mark Ellen, music writer and broadcaster (NME, Live Aid, Old Grey Whistle Test). 

Wednesday June 18th – Poetry Evening with Louis de Bernieres.

You can also relive the 2013 Chiswick Book Festival below and at where you can see highlights of the entertaining sessions with Philip Kerr and Jane Thynne, Rula Lenska and Adrian Teal’s Gin Lane Gazette.

Chiswick Book Festival 2013

Spies on Sunday

A memorable final session in St Michael & All Angels Church (above). Spies on Sunday marked 60 years of James Bond, with Kate Grimond (Ian Fleming’s niece) and three of today’s top spy writers: Charles Cumming, Alex Gerlis and Christopher Morgan-Jones, as well as two non-fiction authors, Roger Hermiston and Sinclair McKay. Sponsored by Orchards of London. Pic: Jim Cox

Bob_the_Cat-2On Saturday September 14th, Street Cat Bob and James Bowen celebrated with a ‘high five’ at a packed St Michael & All Angels. Sponsored by Young Veterinary Practice. And Sir Max Hastings filled the church again on Saturday evening, giving his first talk on his new book Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 (below). Sponsored by Savills Chiswick. Pictures: David Beresford


Rula Lenska charmed the audience with tales from her autobiography My Colourful Life, interviewed by Festival director Torin Douglas (below).  Picture: Ian Wylie

Rula Lenska and Torin


Lucy Worsley at Chiswick House (above) got us off to a great start at Thursday’s eve-of-Festival event introducing her new book and TV series A Very British Murder.  Sponsor: Hubbard Pegman & Whitney. Philip Kerr & Jane Thynne kept the momentum going at St Michael’s on Friday, entertaining a packed audience (below) with tales of Berlin in the Second World War. Sponsor: Savills Chiswick. Pics: David Beresford, Torin Douglas - and you can watch edited highlights at

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And there was a packed crowd on Saturday morning in the Tabard Theatre to see Stephanie Flanders chair a discussion on The State We’re In with David Boyle and Harriet Sergeant, introduced by the vicar of St Michael & All Angels Fr Kevin Morris.  The Tabard Theatre events were all sponsored by Killik & Co Chiswick.

The Festival took place from Friday September 13th to Sunday 15th 2013, based at St Michael & All Angels Church & Parish Hall following the annual eve-of-festival event at Chiswick House on Thursday 12th September. We had a very exciting line-up of authors, with bestsellers for most tastes – history, crime, spies, sport, food, romantic fiction, real-life stories and children’s books. Speakers included Rula Lenska, Sir Max Hastings, Charles Cumming, Lucy Worsley, James Bowen (and his street cat Bob), Philip Kerr, Jane Thynne, Simon Hughes, Lesley Pearse, Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Lindsey Davis, Laurie Graham  and many others.

You can read the full programme here and previews on Stellar Chiswick Book Festival Line-Up Announced and Spies on Sunday – Win a first edition of Thunderball to celebrate 60 years of James Bond

You can see the Festival director Torin Douglas looking ahead to some of the highlights on Chiswickbuzz, the new web TV service.

If you would like to take part in – or help at – next year’s Chiswick Book Festival, please contact the Festival administrator Dinah Garrett, P O Box 31497, London W4 3QF or

Watch out for news updates here. And to see who’s spoken here in the past, don’t miss our A to Z of Chiswick Book Festival authors, from Judy Astley, Clare Balding and Lynn Barber to AN Wilson, Michael Wood and Lucy Worsley.

The Festival was again hosted by St Michael & All Angels Church, near Turnham Green tube station. Other events took place over the road at the Tabard Theatre, at Chiswick Library and Chiswick House & Gardens, which generously donate their premises for the occasion. We always  get great support from Waterstones, who sell the authors’ books at their shop in Chiswick High Road and at the Festival; and from Savills, the main sponsor, and other supporters.

The Festival is a non-profit-making, community event. It raises money for the three charities below, all related to reading:

It also raises money for St Michael & All Angels Church which hosts the Festival. This year that money will go to its Organ & Parish Rooms Appeal.


You can see pictures below from the 2012 Chiswick Book Festival.

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Find photos from the 2012 Chiswick Book Festival on Flickr

Below is a gallery of images from the 2011 Festival.

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