Literary stars line up for the Chiswick Book Festival

The 2011 Chiswick Book Festival is only a month away, and Britain’s literary stars are lining up to take part.

The third festival will take place from 16 -18 September Chiswick, and gives visitors the the chance to rub shoulders with bestselling authors, laureates and TV & social media personalities.

This year’s exciting programme includes: – 

Michael Morpurgo Friday 16 September 2011, 5pm

Beloved children’s writer and former children’s laureate, Michael Morpurgo, will tell the extraordinary story of how his classic novel, Warhorse, became an international hit play and Steven Spielberg’s next film.

But it won’t all be about horses. Michael will also be talking about the many other vivid and memorable animals who have populated his books: from Shadow, the bravest dog in the world, to Little Manfred, who was based on a wooden dachsund in the Imperial War Museum.

St Michael & All Angels Church, Chiswick. Tickets, £3.

Kate Mosse Friday 16 September, 7pm

Internationally bestselling author, Kate Mosse, is also a broadcaster, teacher and founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her novels, Labyrinth and Sepulchre, topped the bestseller charts in the UK and Sepulchre was translated into 37 languages. 

Currently working on Citadel, the third in her trilogy of novels set in the Middle Ages and present day, Kate is also writing plays for both the Bush Theatre and Sky Arts.

Kate will be discussing her writing and the current state of literature. Copies of her books will also be on sale for signing afterwards.

St Michael & All Angels Church, Chiswick. Tickets, £5. 

Emma Kennedy Saturday 17 September, 11am

Actor, writer and comedian, Emma Kennedy, was already a familiar face to many from her appearances in hit comedies such as My Family and The Smoking Room before establishing herself as one of the UK’s leading comic writers for children and adults.

Emma, who regularly entertains nearly 40,000 people on Twitter as @emmak67 will read from her latest book about Wilma Tenderfoot, the accident-prone assistant to the greatest living detective.

St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Chiswick. 

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