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  • Weekend Pass, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September 2017 (25)

    Entry to all Saturday events except Workshops, David Baddiel, The Not So Perfect Parents Evening, and Jeremy Vine. Entry to all Sunday events except Workshops.

  • Saturday Day Pass, Saturday 16 September 2017 (15)

    Entry to all Saturday events except Workshops, David Baddiel, The Not So Perfect Parents Evening, and Jeremy Vine

  • Sunday Day Pass, Sunday 17 September 2017 (15)

    Entry to all Sunday events except Workshops

  • Lucy's Food, Tuesday 12 September 2017 (20)

    An Evening with Lucy Cufflin Join Lucy Cufflin of Chiswick’s new Ginger Whisk Cooking School, author of Lucy’s Food and Lucy’s Bakes, for canapés and a cookery demonstration followed by a light supper, in aid of our charities. Raffle and bar. Tickets must be booked here. If you would like to sit at a table with friends, please let us know their names by email at
    Ticket price includes first glass of wine

  • An Evening with Jane Austen, Thursday 14 September 2017 (10)

    On the day Jane Austen graces the £10 note for the first time, we hold a special event in the Burlington Pavilion, celebrating 200 years of her life and work in the splendid Neo-Palladian surroundings of Chiswick House & Gardens. Authors Paula Byrne (The Genius of Jane Austen) and Helena Kelly (Jane Austen The Secret Radical) are joined by Esmé Whittaker from English Heritage, curator of Chiswick House, who will highlight the links between the author, Chiswick and its sister estate, Chatsworth, widely thought to be the model for Pemberley in Pride & Prejudice. Chaired by Festival Director Torin Douglas. Supported by Hubbard, Pegman & Whitney. Bar open and books on sale from 6pm.

  • Children's Festival, Clare Balding, Friday 15 September 2017 (4)

    Clare Balding launches The Racehorse Who Disappeared, her second brilliant adventure story about young heroine Charlie Bass and her hilarious family of humans and animals. It’s an aspirational story about overcoming adversity and following your dreams, subjects close to Clare’s heart. Clare will share tales of growing up surrounded by animals and stories from the Olympians and Paralympians she has met during her remarkable career. Expect lots of audience interaction and lots of time for questions. Supported by Young Veterinary Practice. 
    *Children under 14 must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult*

  • A Life in the Day, Friday 15 September 2017 (10)

    A Life in the Day Author and journalist Hunter Davies talks about his new memoir, which covers living in London in the 1960s, becoming editor of Britain’s first ‘colour supp’, The Sunday Times Magazine; befriending The Beatles; and interviewing the biggest names in television, film and theatre. Hunter also reflects on his years spent with the love of his life – the bestselling writer Margaret Forster - and life without her. This memoir follows The Co-Op’s Got Bananas! which was about his childhood. Chaired by Roger Bolton of Radio 4’s Feedback. Supported by the University of West London. Bar open from 6:45pm. 

  • Children's Festival, David Baddiel, Saturday 16 September 2017 (4)

    David Baddiel, the ever-fascinating comedian, TV presenter, storyteller and LOLLIE winner talks to Nicolette Jones about his unputdownable books, from the internationally bestselling The Parent Agency to the laugh-out- oud AniMalcolm and his new book Birthday Boy. (Age 9+) 
    *Children under 14 must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult*

  • WORKSHOP: Researching Your Novel, Jill Dawson, Saturday 16 September 2017 (25)

    Poet and best-selling novelist Jill Dawson (The Crime Writer), offers advice and tips on how to conduct effective research for fiction writing and explains how to avoid common pitfalls.

  • The Not So Perfect Parents' Evening, Saturday 16 September 2017 (10)

    A light-hearted evening looking at parenthood for parents who aren’t perfect (so all of us then). With the Scummy Mummies, Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, and Matt Coyne (Dummy, The Comedy & Chaos of Real-Life Parenting), chaired by author and knackered mum Cathy Rentzenbrink. Parental Advisory: there may be some light swearing, there may even be tears before bedtime. But hopefully they will be tears of laughter at the parental plight. Ticket price includes glass of fizz on entry

  • Jeremy Vine: What I Learnt, Saturday 16 September 2017 (10)

    From Points of View to Panorama and his daily Radio 2 show, presenter and author Jeremy Vine discusses interviewing, award-winning broadcasting and listeners’ views. He may also mention Eggheads, Strictly and why one should always wear a helmet when cycling. Supported by Savills.  

  • WORKSHOP: The First Five Pages, Louise Lamont, Sunday 17 September 2017 (18)

    Literary agent Louise Lamont gives tailored advice on how to sharpen up your cover letter, synopsis and the opening five pages of your book. You will have ten minutes to receive invaluable 1-2-1 feedback! To make the most of it, submit your material - cover letter, book synopsis and first five pages of the book - at least two weeks in advance of the festival. Please send all material as attachments to a single email to with the subject line CBF AGENT SESSIONS. Latecomers will not be admitted, so do arrive on time.

  • WORKSHOP: Time, Place and Action, Emma Henderson, Sunday 17 September 2017 (20)

    In this edition of our writing workshop series, Emma Henderson (The Valentine House) advises on how to develop plotlines, create mystery and build drama while maintaining the relationship between setting, character and plot. 

  • WORKSHOP: Writing the Self, Cathy Rentzenbrink & Francesca Main, Sunday 17 September 2017 (20)

    A revealing workshop on writing about yourself, with advice on how to tell your own story and tips and tricks on writing something that’s too difficult to say. With Cathy Rentzenbrink the bestselling author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache, and her editor Francesca Main the Publishing Director of Picador.

  • Crime Fiction: Nowhere Like London, Monday 18 September 2017 (3 / 1.50)

    Mick Herron, William Shaw and Lesley Thomson have all set successful crime series in London. CWA Gold Dagger-winning Mick Herron’s Jackson Lamb series is based at the imaginary Slough House, a dumping ground for failed MI5 agents located near The Barbican. No 1 best-seller Lesley Thomson has a Chiswick-set series that began with The Detective’s Daughter. William Shaw’s Breen and Tozer series revolves around 1960s Marylebone and the embers of swinging London. Val McDermid welcomed the latest, Sympathy for the Devil, as a ‘big treat for fans... and if you’re not a fan yet, why not?’ Chaired by Festival Director Torin Douglas. 


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