There’s always so much going on in London, so I’ve decided a new semi-regular feature is in order to let people know about some of the great literature themed events.
I adore literature festivals – all those authors you love, others you discover, all those books, the poetry slams, the signings. It’s a dream come true for a book lover.
From September 15 to September 17, Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival will bring three days of book bliss to north London.
Now in its fifth year, the 2013 festival features a celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who, a poetry in the park event and a special programme for children.
Authors appearing include Judith Kerr (she who wrote the legendary The Tiger Who Came to Tea), Maggie O’Farrell and Sophie Hannah.
One of the events that looks good is a conversation with Susie Orbach and Lisa Aooignanesi, who have co-edited an anthology called 50 Shades of Feminism, collecting the work of all sorts of women who write on what being a woman means to them today.
There are few misses in the programme. In fact, the only one that springs out from the pages is an event with Marcia Moody, who has written a biography of the Duchess of Cambridge (*yawn*).
As well as conversations with authors, there are creative writing workshops for budding writers. And if you don’t want to let the festival go, there are a few post-festival events happening later in the year you can go and see.
For more information on Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival, click here.
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