The Chiswick Book Festival is a non-profit-making, community event, bringing writers and readers together in aid of reading-related charities. In the past seven years, it has raised over £47,000 for reading charities. Our current three charities are:
- Doorstep Library, which brings books and the magic of reading directly to the homes of children in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas. Its work improves not just reading skills, but confidence, self-esteem, social integration, academic performance and long-term employment prospects.
- RNIB Talking Books Service and Books for Children, supporting blind and partially-sighted people. The Festival has sponsored Talking Books by previous CBF speakers Claire Tomalin, Rosamund Lupton and Andy McNab, and Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford, set partly in Chiswick. Our most recent Talking Books are Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites, Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life, and Widows, by Lynda La Plante. Rupert Morgan from the charity will be speaking during the Audiobooks session on Saturday afternoon.
- InterAct Stroke Support, which employs actors to read to stroke patients at Charing Cross Hospital, where the Festival funds two months of their work each year. Read their new-look newsletter
It has also raised over £14,500 for St Michael & All Angels Church which hosts and underwrites the Festival.
The Festival also supports the aims of The Letterbox Club, which works with local authorities to send book parcels to children in care and adopted children, and Room to Read, which promotes literacy in parts of Africa and Asia.