Busy times in Twickenham over the next few weeks. It’s hard to believe that away from the bickering over Twickenham Riverside and Marble Hill Park that life goes on, but it does. Think books, boos and balls. Or rather, think Literature Festival, Halloween and a lot of rugby fixtures.
Richmond Literature Festival returns in November with a wide ranging programme of talks, discussions and participatory events. It’s a perfect opportunity to bring a little culture into those dark autumn days. Events take place across the whole borough, including at The Exchange, the new building opposite Twickenham Station. Other venues include Twickenham, Teddington and Hampton Libraries, York House, Orleans House Gallery and the Old Town Hall in Richmond. Historian David Starkey will be talking about Henry VIII as “the first Brexiteer”, AN Wilson will be discussing Charles Darwin and Ian Hughes presents a one man show about 19th century actor Edmund Kean. Award winning “poet and raconteur” Luke Wright is also at The Exchange with his quirky take on modern Britain and its moral conundrums. Playwright and author Michael Frayn is “in conversation” in Richmond and local authors Michelle Birkby, Emma Curtis and Jess Kidd take part in a panel discussion at Twickenham Library.
There are workshops, activities for children and showcasing of new writing. Big names such as Claire Tomalin, Melvyn Bragg and Peter Snow also feature. In other words, you’ll find something that interests you. Events run from 3rd to 29th November. Here’s the full programme.
Oh, and by the way, talking of The Exchange, Twickenham Cinema Club are using it for their next screenings. The club shows classic movies and other gems on the first Wednesday of each month. Get in touch with them if you’re interested in joining.
Boo! Church Street will be getting into the Halloween spirit on Tuesday 31st. There’s an evening of spooky goings on planned. Between 6pm and 9pm there will be face painting, food stalls, music, a Punch and Judy show and Halloween games. More information here.
And finally, the town will be busy with sports fans over the weekends ahead. You can decide for yourself whether that’s something to enjoy or endure. In addition to two NFL (aka American Football) games on consecutive Sundays in October, there are Saturday rugby matches coming up on each of the four weekends in November. Matches kick off at 3.00pm so expect the usual array of crowds, traffic and road closures. In addition to the Council, the RFU’s ‘Home Turf‘ Twitter feed is a good place to get information and ask questions. (You don’t need to register with Twitter to see their tweets).