The Fifth Chiswick Book Festival will take place from September 13th to 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. If you have suggestions for the programme, or would like to know more, please contact the Festival administrator Dinah Garrett, P O Box 31497, London W4 3QF or email@example.com .
Watch out for news updates here but this website will remain mainly devoted to the 2012 Festival until the summer. And 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.
Thank you to everyone who helped make last year’s Chiswick Book Festival such a great weekend in September 2012 – authors, interviewers, helpers, cake-makers, audiences, sponsors, booksellers, venue hosts and others. Thank you too for the wonderful feedback.
In its fourth year, the Festival proved again that it is one of west London’s literary highlights. Last year’s stellar line up included A.N.Wilson, Cressida Cowell, Jeremy Vine, Michael Palin, Clare Balding, Antony Beevor, M.C.Beaton, Anne Sebba, Lawrence Norfolk, Kate Colquhoun, Sophie Hannah, Stav Sherez, Mike Marshall, Andy Briggs, Rose Prince, Simon Brett, Julia Gregson, Lucinda Riley, Adam Smith, India Knight and more.
The Festival was hosted by St Michael & All Angels Church, near Turnham Green tube station, with other events at the Tabard Theatre, the Arts Educational Schools and Chiswick House & Gardens, which generously donated their premises for the occasion. We had great support from Waterstones, who sell the authors’ books at their shop in Chiswick High Road and at the Festival; Midas PR, co-founders of the Festival, who helped create the author programme; 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:
- RNIB Talking Books Service and Books for Children
- InterAct Reading Service
- The Letterbox Club, part of the Book Trust.
The Festival was also delighted to support the Christmas Local Authors Party – at Waterstones, Chiswick High Road, on Saturday December 1st 2012. You can see pictures at the Waterstones Chiswick Facebook page.
Below is a gallery of images from the 2011 Festival.