Weekend round-up: 4th – 6th October

Looking for a literary themed event for your weekend? We have rounded up some of the best things going on around the country to ensure you have a wonderful, wordy weekend.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

The 70th edition of the Cheltenham Literature Festival kicks off this weekend for ten days of literary fun around the spa town. Expect a host of famous faces, including Ainsley Harriott, previous LBSW ambassadors Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls, the fantastic duo behind Slay in your Lane and many more as over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers join together to celebrate the joy of the written word.

Find out more about the festival and the full programme of events here: https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature

BFI London Film Festival

The highly anticipated 63rd edition of the London Film Festival launched this week and there are many exciting events going on alongside the biggest, brightest and best event in the capital’s film-going calendar. You can get involved in one of the many Q&As and masterclasses with filmmakers, as well as attending short films, talks and workshops.

Find out more about the exciting programme of events this weekend and beyond here: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/

Events @ National Poetry Library

The National Poetry Library is the largest public collection of modern poetry in the world. They have two exciting events this weekend if you are interested in sharing, listening to or learning about poetry. Poet’s Anonymous takes place tonight and is an opportunity to share your poems and listen to others read theirs. Tomorrow you can get involved with Poetry Prescribed: Speaking Truths – a session that uses poetry as a catalyst for conversation. These thought-provoking workshops will include reading, speaking, creating and sharing poetry on various topics.

Find out more about the library and their events here: https://www.nationalpoetrylibrary.org.uk/events-exhibitions

Wimbledon Bookfest

Hosting almost 100 events over a 10 day period, the Wimbledon Bookfest is a charity promoting arts, culture and education, with the aim to develop the cultural offering for the locality through provision of an annual arts festival and educational projects with schools and young people. Attend an array of workshops, including a Craftfulness Workshop tomorrow, and discussions over a jam-packed weekend with something for all the family.

Find out more about the event and programme of events here: https://www.wimbledonbookfest.org/Events/EventsCalendar2019.aspx

Bar of the Week: Library Bar @ Bush Theatre

A cosy bar located next to Shepherd’s Bush Market, nestle amongst the bookshelves filled with thousands of playtexts in the library for inspiration while enjoying a craft beer, warm coffee or a bespoke cocktail. While you are there this weekend take in a showing of Chiaroscuro – a bold reimagining of Scottish national poet Jackie Kay’s 1986 masterpiece – that has received rave reviews.

Find out more and get your tickets here: https://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/event/chiaroscuro/

Henley Literary Festival

Another of the UK’s most popular literary festivals is taking place this weekend in riverside town of Henley. In it’s 13th year, the line up will include Mary Berry, Kate Atkinson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Tim Rice, Nadiya Hussain, Dom Joly, Pru Leith. With subject matter that will entertain the entire family it is truly a fantastic way to spend your weekend.

Find out more about the festival here: https://henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk/whats-on/

Highgate Book Fair


The Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution are holding their annual book fair this weekend. Go and shop the thousands of good-quality second-hand books on all subjects: fiction, history, biography, literature and much more, all at bargain prices. Collections this year include art and special editions.

Find out more here: http://www.hlsi.net/event/book-fair-2019/

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