Book worms in for a treat this November

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A special literature festival held is set to be held in Richmond next month and guests staying in hotels in London can get a front row seat to all the action.

The 21st annual Richmond Literature Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with big names from the worlds of politics, journalism, sport, theatre and television all set to appear.

Venues across the whole borough are set to host events for the festival, including the new Literary Salon. Supported by Arts Council England, the salon is a new pop-up shop housed in an empty retail premises which will be a hub throughout this month-long celebration of literature.

Those staying in central hotels in London will be able to enjoy a podcasting workshop with Radio 1 producer Amy Redmond, take part in story telling workshops, see poetry performances from spoken word artists such as Martin Figura and Byron Vincent and much more.

Other key figures set to appear at the event include political commentator Andrew Marr and Labour MP Jack Straw.

This year's event celebrates the Great British Summer, with a distinct Jubilee feel running through the festival programme thanks to Tracy Borman's history of royal weddings. Meanwhile, the Olympics will also be well-represented with rower Greg Searle's event If Not Now, When?.

Younger visitors will not be bored as there are dedicated events for little ones, including workshops with The Queen’s Knickers author Nicholas Allan and Boo Boo Baby author Eileen Browne. 

Councillor Pamela Fleming, cabinet member for Community, Business and Culture, claimed that the line-up for this year's festival may just be the best yet. 

"With events all month, in every part of the borough, there is bound to be something to tickle your fancy; have a look at the full programme list to find out what," she said.

"For years we have been building on the success of previous Literature Festivals (previously named Book Now), learning lessons and improving what we are able to offer residents, and I am sure that this year will really showcase the excellence that people have come to expect."