Tickets Now on Sale for the Chiswick Book Festival

Ciaran Hinds the latest big name to join speakers already announced

Ciaran Hinds to read poems at unveiling of statue celebrating work of WB Yeats. Picture: Ciaran Hinds

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You can now buy tickets for this September’s Chiswick Book Festival and places at the most popular events are likely to sell out quickly.

Some big names have recently been added to an already star-studded line-up with Dame Sheila Hancock, Ciaran Hinds, Pam Ayres and Phyllis Logan confirming their attendance. They will join speakers already announced including Dame Eileen Atkins, Revd Richard Coles, Chris Patten, Ronnie Archer-Morgan, Adele Parks, Sadie Jones, Justin Webb, Sir Vince Cable, Mihir Bose and Jeremy Bowen. Children’s authors include Cressida Cowell, Rob Biddulph, David Wood, Greg James and Chris Smith.

Oscar nominee Ciaran Hinds, Sinead Cusack and other actors will read poems by WB Yeats to mark the unveiling of a sculpture by Conrad Shawcross RA, celebrating the Nobel Prize winning poet. Yeats spent formative years in Bedford Park, Chiswick, where he wrote his celebrated poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree, which has inspired the publicly-funded sculpture. The ‘Poetry Hour’ readings are organised by the Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation, and will follow the sculpture’s unveiling by the Rt Rev Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Dame Sheila will explore issues of ageing, grief and anger in her new book Old Rage, interviewed by Jane Garvey, former presenter of Woman’s Hour. Writer and entertainer Pam Ayres will discuss life in the countryside in her book Who Are You Calling Vermin?

Later in the Festival, Phyllis Logan will read from the works of Dame Iris Murdoch, who grew up in Chiswick and is celebrated, like Yeats, on the Chiswick Writers Trail. Two Festival walks led by accredited guides will explore the areas where Murdoch, EM Forster, Anthony Burgess, JG Ballard, Nancy Mitford, Dylan Thomas, Robert Bolt and other writers lived.

Chiswick residents Peter Oborne (The Fate of Abraham) and Deborah Cadbury (The School That Escaped The Nazis) are among the many authors speaking at this year’s Festival. Twenty other writers will take part in the Local Authors Party at the George IV pub.

Jo James, the Festival’s programme director, said, “I am so excited to be presenting a programme that brings to Chiswick some of the top names in publishing for autumn 2022, and also reflects the abundance of talent in and around this wonderful area.”

The Chiswick Book Festival is a non-profit-making community event that raises money for charities: St Michael & All Angels Church, which hosts the Festival, and three reading charities - Doorstep Library, InterAct Stroke Support and Read for Good.

This year’s speakers include:

Memoirs: Dame Eileen Atkins, Chris Patten, Ronnie Archer-Morgan, Dame Sheila Hancock, Philip Beale, Lucy Easthope, Justin Webb, Antony Thomas, Philip Beale, Benedict Allen.

History: Jessie Childs, Lucy Jago, Miranda Malins, Deborah Cadbury, Peter Bradley, Nick Higham, CJ Shuler, Iain MacGregor, Robert Seatter, Will Wyatt, David Jacques.

Fiction: Bonnie Garmus, Revd Richard Coles, Peter Popham, Adele Parks, Lucy Foley, Fiona Cummins, Sadie Jones, Clare Clark, Alex Gerlis, Helen Sedgwick, Ellen Alpsten, Annabelle Abbs, Freya Berry, Liz Hyder, Emma Curtis, Nicola Rayner, Susie Lynes.

Politics and current affairs: Michael Cockerell, Michael Crick, Sir Vince Cable, Jeremy Bowen, Tharik Hussein, Peter Oborne, Mihir Bose.

Arts, literature and entertainment: Ciaran Hinds, Sinead Cusack, Annemarie Bilcough, Franny Moyle, Jacqueline Riding, Philip Hook, Miles Leeson, Anne Rowe, Rachael Wiseman, Phyllis Logan, Caroline Frost, Robert Rees, Pam Ayres, Ralph Brookfield, Robert Hokum.

Business and economics: Stewart Langley, Geraldine Gallacher, Kathryn Jacob, Dharshini David.

Children’s authors: Cressida Cowell, Rob Biddulph, Greg James & Chris Smith, Anna Christina, Ben Bailey-Smith & Sav Akyuz , Zoe Antoniades, Mark Evans, Diane Hofmeyr, Ken Wilson-Max, Sophy Henn.

The event runs from 7-14 September and full details and ticket information can be found on the festival website.


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