The 23rd Richmond Literature Festival takes place next month, bringing with it a wealth of exciting literary talent

This year, the Richmond Literature Festival welcomes a whole range of literary figures and well known personalities to the borough, including Sheila Hancock, who will be talking about writing her first novel at the age of 82; acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Peter Snow and former Secretary of State for Defence, Liam Fox.

To mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, award winning journalist Kate Adie will be telling the story of women in the war and there will also be the opportunity for families to discover local WW1 stories with a special tour of In Their Footsteps, the exhibition created by local young people at Orleans House Gallery, followed by a literary activity.

The 450th anniversary of  Shakespeare’s birth will also be marked, with a special performance by the Richmond Shakespeare Society.

Budding writers will be able to learn more about the craft with a series of events, including writing workshops at St Mary’s University. And young people will be further catered for with a special artsrichmond event with Jacqueline Wilson.

Richmond Literature Festival takes place from 2-29 November. See the full line-up at