Authors make history for the Chiswick Book Festival

The programme for next month’s Chiswick Book Festival is fast filling up, and there’s something in the schedule for everyone – especially history buffs. 

Between 16 and 18 September, Chiswick Book Festival will be playing host to several events where authors, academics and programme makers delve into the history of great lives and great houses in the UK. 

This year’s programme includes:-

Dr Lucy Worsley Thursday 16 September, 7pm 
This special pre-Festival event in the splendour of Chiswick House is hosted by Dr Lucy Worsley, who has a varied historical and media career as curator at Historic Royal Palaces, historian and presenter of BBC TV’s If Walls Could Talk and National Treasures Live. At this intimate event Lucy will let a limited number of guests into the intimate secrets of life in the great houses. Refreshments will be provided, and books available for sale and signing. 

The Upper Tribunal, Chiswick House. £20, including complimentary glass of wine

Helen Castor & George Goodwin: Making History – She-Wolves, Saturday 17 September, 2.30pm 

Historian Dr Helen Castor, who is perhaps best known for presenting Radio 4’s Making History and BBC Four’s A Renaissance Education discusses her new book with fellow historian, George Goodwin, the author of Fatal Colours. Helen’s book, She-Wolves: the women who ruled England before Elizabeth, offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of powerful women who shaped British history prior to the 16th century.

Tabard Theatre. Admission by Saturday Day Pass

Matthew Lyons – Sir Walter Raleigh at Elizabeth I’s Court, Saturday 17 September, 5pm

Historical writer, Matthew Lyons talks to George Goodwin about his new book, The Favourite – Sir Walter Raleigh at Elizabeth I’s Court, which is the first history to focus on the love affair between the famed adventurer and the Tudor queen.

The Tabard Theatre, Chiswick. Admission by Saturday Day Pass

Tickets for the Chiswick Festival are available from Waterstone’s in Chiswick, or via the online booking form on the festival website