Can it really be that time of year when Richmond Literature Festival returns with a wide range of literary events taking place across the borough over the course of a whole month? Yes, Jeff, yes it can. November is the month in question although it would be remiss of us not to tell you that events get under way on October 31st with spooky RichLitFest launch event at Orleans House Gallery. As usual there’s a varied programme from the serious to the more light-hearted, for children and families as well as regular adults and from poetry to prose. There’s a local authors day at Twickenham Library on November 9th, creative writing workshops in conjunction with St Mary’s University and a good smattering of ‘in conversations’. Writers, poets and other wordy types include Roger McGough, Antonia Fraser, Adam “This is Going to Hurt” Kay, Michelle Paver, cricketer Vic Marks, Katy Brand and Tracy Borman. It’s all happening at places like The Exchange, Richmond Old Town Hall, Strawberry Hill House and Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton Libraries. Ticket details vary but they generally cost around a tenner for a full price ticket. Give or take a bit. So whether it’s cricket, climate change, the rise of 19th century mass entertainment, “the dark heart of the disinformation age”, mudlarking on the River Thames or an Evil Emperor Penguin, there ought to be something to whet your literary appetite at #richlitfest.