St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park


St Michael's Parish Hall The Chiswick Book Festival:
September 25th-27th 2009

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The first Chiswick Book Festival will be held in the last weekend of September (from the evening of Friday 25th to Sunday 27th), in aid of literacy and reading charities and local arts projects. The venues will include St Michael & All Angels Church & Parish Hall (right and below right), by Turnham Green tube station and the Tabard pub.

Tickets are now on sale at Waterstones in Chiswick High Road, or via the Advance Booking Form which can be found in St Michael & All Angels church, Lad's newsagents on Bedford Corner, or printed from this site (see above).

Why not make a weekend of it?
Events will include a Friday evening talk and signing;a Saturday morning children's book festival; author talks and panels; discussions (on topics including book clubs, romantic novels, crime, and creative writing courses); writing competitions; a Festival party; a Book Quiz Supper; and to round it off on Sunday, a literary comedy night with The Aspidistras, fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, in the Tabard Theatre.

Anne-Marie Fyfe and Edna O'BrienThe Chiswick Book Festival is supported by Waterstone's in Chiswick High Road; the Oxfam Book Shop in Turnham Green Terrace; Chiswick Library;; Hounslow and Ealing Councils; and many publishers and writers living in Chiswick and other parts of west London. It forms part of the Open Chiswick initiative, a series of weekend events in Chiswick throughout September.

Publicity is being handled by Midas PR, which also works for the London Book Fair, the Galaxy British Book Awards and several major publishers. We are also grateful to our sponsors, headed by Waterstones and Savills in Chiswick High Road.

The Festival is organised by the team behind the Bedford Park Festival, based at St Michael & All Angels church. Speakers there have included Edna O'Brien - seen in the church, right, with the chair of the Poetry Society Anne-Marie Fyfe.)

If you would like to help or take part; or suggest authors or events; or offer sponsorship or other support; or take a table at the Book Quiz Supper on Saturday September 26th; please contact the Festival administrator, Dinah Garrett, on 020 8994 7252 or at

We should particularly like to hear from members of local book groups, who we hope will wish to be actively involved in the Festival.