Bookworms and literature lovers have been impatiently crossing off the days on their calendars, but it’s finally that time of year again - the sixth annual Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival returns to Golders Green this month.
With more than 70 events, 90 outstanding writers, creative workshops, speed pitching, book bits and a special kids’ fest, it’s a three-day celebration of literature for all ages. There’s far too much to fit into one small article, so here’s just a small selection of what’s on offer.
TV historian Kate Williams will be talking about her book The Storms of War, which tells the story of the De Witt family as they are buffeted and changed by the First World War. Sunday, September 14, 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Deborah Levy whips up a storm of romance and slapstick and heavenly and earthly delights in An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell, a dystopian philosophical poem about individual freedom and the search for the good life. Tuesday, September 16, 11am to 12pm.
Lynne Reid Banks will be in conversation with Hester Abrams about her 45 books for both children and adults, including The Indian in the Cupboard for children and her outrageous classic of a debut novel The L-Shaped Room. Her latest book, Uprooted, is a captivating story of a wartime childhood, heavily influenced by her own experience and time spent in Canada. Sunday, September 14, 2pm to 3pm.
Penny Vincenzi, one of the country’s best-loved and most popular authors, tells the story of the House of Farrell, home of an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store since 1953. But the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious house is now in decline. Monday, September 15, 6.45pm to 7.45pm.
The Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival takes place at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, North End Road, Golders Green from Sunday, September 14 to Tuesday, September 16. Details: 020 8511 7900, hamhighlitfest.com