Richmond Literature Festival 2017

The Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival is back for 2017, featuring an exciting mix of literary figures covering a wide variety of subjects throughout the month of November. As part of this, there’s lots going on for children and young people – from David Baddiel’s Birthday Boy, who wonders if it’s really that good to have a birthday every day, to Harriet Muncaster’s Isadora Moon, a totally unique vampire-fairy who goes on a school trip to a spooky castle. With activities including live drawing with Axel Scheffler, craft workshops, and chatting to award-winning authors, the children & young people’s programme is better than ever!


Saturday 4th November:

Harriet Muncaster – Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip

Richmond Literature Festival 2017Half vampire, half fairy, Isadora Moon is totally unique! In her latest adventure Isadora goes on a school trip to a spooky old castle. Discover what happens next in an interactive story time and fun craft workshop with author and illustrator of the popular Isadora Moon series, Harriet Muncaster. Beautifully illustrated, the Isadora Moon books are perfect first chapter books for readers who like their magic and sparkle with a bit of bite. Wear your best Isadora Moon fancy dress to win a prize! Suitable for ages 5 to 8 but all welcome. £5.00. Orleans House Gallery TW1.

Saturday 11th November:

David Baddiel – Birthday Boy

Richmond Literature Festival 2017Join David Baddiel, comedian, TV presenter, and now popular children’s author, as he introduces Birthday Boy: a charming tale for every child who has wondered ‘Why can’t it be my birthday every day?’. Sam Green was really, really, really looking forward to his eleventh birthday. I mean: really. He couldn’t wait. In the days leading up to it, he simply wouldn’t talk about anything else. At first, it’s quite exciting when Sam’s birthday appears again the next morning and again, and again and again… But it’s not long before disaster strikes, threatening something Sam loves even more than birthdays. In order to protect what he loves most, Sam must overcome selfishness, greed and extreme weight gain and embark on a daring and adventurous mission with his sister Ruby. A family event for readers aged 9 and over, with younger children welcome. £6.00. Orange Tree Theatre TW9.

Saturday 11th November:

Jim Smith – Future Ratboy & The Quest For The Missing Thingy

Richmond Literature Festival 2017Bestselling and Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author of Barry Loser, Jim Smith returns to the Richmond Literature Festival with the third book in the brilliant Future Ratboy series. In this new adventure, Future Ratboy sees a surprising new side to his enemy, evil Mr X, goes on a journey to the centre of the earth and faces a race against time to find themissing thingy. Prepare for stories, laughter and drawing activities along the way… Suitable for ages 7 to 11. £5.00. Orleans House Gallery TW1.

Saturday 18th November:

Chris Riddell – Goth Girl & The Sinister Symphony

Richmond Literature Festival 2017Join multi-award-winning author and illustrator, Chris Riddell, as he introduces the final book in his Goth Girl series, Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony. Ghastly-Gorm Hall is hosting a music festival which promises to attract all sorts of crazy characters from around the country, but can Ada Goth save the day when something spooky threatens to halt proceedings? With some familiar faces, puns a-plenty and lots of live drawing, this is a not-to-be-missed event! A family event suitable for ages 7 years and over. £6.00. Orange Tree Theatre TW9.

Sunday 26th November:

Axel Scheffler – The Ugly Five

Richmond Literature Festival 2017Who’s that singing on the Savannah? Get ready to meet The Ugly Five – the loveable African animals from Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson’s riotous new picture book. Wildebeest and Warthog, Spotted Hyena, Lappet-faced Vulture and Marabou Stork are called ‘The Ugly Five’… but are they really? They might be gangly, warty, bumpy, bristly, spotty and stinky – but they’re perfect just the way they are! Each 40-minute story session sees Axel reading and drawing from The Ugly Five. Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day and the bestselling The Gruffalo will also feature. After each session, there will be a book signing – limited to one book per child. Free (tickets limited to 4 per person). Diamond Jubilee Gardens TW1.


And that’s not all! There’s lots on for the grown-ups too – for more information on venues and costs, and to book, take a look at the Festival’s website. You can also phone 020 8831 6494 or email


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