UPDATE: Have you been to any Lit Fest events yet? The festival is about half way through and there’s plenty still to come whether it’s part of the main event or at the Literary Salon. And there’s even a special twickerati 2 for 1 offer for this Friday’s spoken word double bill with Martin Figura and Byron Vincent. See below for more details.

The 21st Richmond Literature Festival kicks off on 1st November and runs throughout the month. That’s a whole lot of literature! Actually it’s not just about ‘literature’, although there is plenty of that going on, it’s also got poetry, events for young people, talks, discussions and the return of the Literary Salon. This year the salon is at 54 Heath Road in Twickenham, just a tad closer to the town centre from where it based was last year. Of course, the Festival is not just a Twickenham thing, the events take place right across the Borough – yes folks, even on the Su**ey side of the river…

No point in us listing who’s on when, you can do that yourself, but a sample of some of the authors, poets, celebrity wordsmiths and events worth a mention include:

3rd NovDan Jordan & Michael Walsh talking about “The King’s Revenge”, Charles II’s quest to avenge his father’s death. Ruthless stuff. (Orleans House Gallery)

6th NovClare Mulley talks about her book “The Spy Who Loved”, the story of Christine Granville, ‘Britain’s first female special agent of World War II’. (The Bingham)

13th Nov – Creative writing short story workshop led by writer and former BBC producer David Savill. (St Mary’s University)

15th Nov – The Guardian’s quipmeister, Simon Hoggart talks about his book “House of Fun: 20 Years of Parliamentary Sketches”. (American University, Richmond)

17th Nov Poet in the City. A special event led by poet Lachlan Mackinnon to celebrate the life and work of Twickenham’s very own man of letters, Alexander Pope. (Marble Hill House)

17th NovEmma Chichester Clark. The creator of the legendary Blue Kangaroo books will read from for latest work and demonstrate her illustration skills. For young children, obvs. (Orleans House Gallery)

18th Nov – Andrew Marr – A History of the World. You’ve been watching it on the telly, now hear about it first-hand. (Richmond Theatre)

29th Nov – Media: Friend or Foe? Sir Trevor MacDonald, Times columnist Matthew Syed and travel writer and novelist Sarah Tucker discuss the role of media in our society. With the rise of social media, the phone hacking scandal and the sometimes competing rights of free speech, privacy and a free press being much discussed, there’s going to be plenty to talk about.

At the Literary Salon, Twickenham, events include:
10th NovPodcasting workshop. Radio 1 producer Amy Redmond takes participants through how to make a podcast. (For children aged 11 to 16.)

16th Nov – A double bill in which “spoken word artists” Martin Figura and Byron Vincent be delivering innovative poetry to the assembled literati. Expect an evening that’s entertaining, honest, funny and maybe even challenging. Tickets still available with a special 2 for 1 offer.

24th Nov – Poet in the City. A day of poetic inspiration, tips and discussion. Young people’s workshop in the afternoon followed by an adult workshop in the evening.

30th Nov – Another poetic double bill at The Literary Salon, this time with Inua Ellams and Jacob Sam-La Rose, two poets with countless awards and accolades between them.

There’s bound to be something going on that you’ll find interesting. Check the programme for full details on times, locations, tickets and prices.

So, anything take your fancy? Any reviews you want to add of things you’ve seen?