The world's first garden suburb Bedford Park - home of authors, artists, musicians and filmmakers - welcomes the Ealing Literary Festival to W4.
The Bedford Park Book Corner will feature local authors such as novelist Celia Brayfield, gardening expert Gay Search and the W4Writers group, in aid of two major community projects - Macmillan Cancer Support (Chiswick committee) and the repainting of Norman Shaw's acclaimed church, St Michael & All Angels Bedford Park. Events are designed to complement those in the main tent.
Saturday September 1st
Children's author Timothy Knapman will read from his latest Mungo book, aimed at 3 to 5-year-olds. 'Mungo and the Spiders from Space' was published on August 2nd.
(Please note: this is before the formal Festival opening by Richard Briers. Afterwards, Lynne Reid Banks will give a talk to slightly older children and their parents, in the main tent.)
Novelist Celia Brayfield (Mr Fabulous & Friends, Wild Weekend and founder of W4Writers) will be discussing the Suburban Novel, with particular reference to Chiswick, with actor Robin Kermode, whose first novel, The Flowerpot Man, is also set in Chiswick.
Readers and Writers Party, hosted by St Michael & All Angels Book Club and W4Writers.
St Michael's Parish Hall (opposite Acton Green). Contributions for refreshments will be invited in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support (Chiswick Committee) and the recent repainting of St Michael & All Angels church. All welcome. Please RSVP by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org - so they can gauge numbers.
Sunday September 2nd
On the 40th anniversary of Gardeners' World, author and broadcaster Gay Search will discuss TV books about gardening and food. She's had two books out this year - Delia's Kitchen Garden and The Little Book of Quick Fixes for Designing Your Outdoor Space.
Panel session - "Is TV killing books - or keeping them alive?" The panelists will include writer, actress and broadcaster Ros Adler (whose one-woman show, Jubilate!, is in the main tent at 1pm) and the Guardian's comedy writer William Cook, whose new book Morecambe & Wise Untold (including their time in Chiswick) is published in October.
August 18, 2007