Chiswick Book Festival announces full 2011 programme

Now into its third year, the Chiswick Book Festival has firmly established itself as a highlight of west London’s literary calendar. The Festival has attracted authors of the calibre of Lady Antonia Fraser, Sir Terry Pratchett, Sir Andrew Motion, Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, Val McDermid, Lynn Barber, Allison Pearson and Claire Tomalin.

Taking place from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September, the Chiswick Book Festival 2011 will be officially opened by one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors, former laureate Michael Morpurgo.

Kate Mosse, author of the best-selling Labyrinth and co-founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction, will be headlining the Festival on Friday night with ex SAS bestselling author, Andy McNab, speaking on Saturday afternoon about his latest book War Torn.

This year, the rapidly expanding festival will for the first time incorporate the venue Chiswick House, kicking off with a special pre-festival event with, Dr Lucy Worsley. The popular TV historian and curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, will discuss her latest book and accompanying BBC TV series, If Walls Could Talk.

Other speakers announced today include the novelist, Sunday Times columnist and TV poetry presenter Daisy Goodwin, who chaired last year’s Orange Prize jury; actress Vanessa Redgrave on Shakespeare, Times columnist Fiona Neill, bestselling novelist, Rosamund Lupton and romantic novelist Katie Fforde; plus the historians Tracy Borman, author of Elizabeth’s Women, and Kate Colquhoun with Kate Summerscale on Victorian murders.

The Festival has also launched a Young People’s Poetry Competition, with the support of schools in west London. The jury will be chaired by performance poet James Priestman, chair of Pitshanger Poets in Ealing.

‘We’ve had a fantastic response from audiences over the past two years and the Chiswick Book Festival really seems to be going from strength to strength,’ says, Torin Douglas, the Festival Director. “We hope this year’s Festival will prove just as memorable.”

The full programme is published on the Festival website, with details of how to buy tickets