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Nov 14 2011

Chorleywood LitFest – November 18-27, 2011

This event is a little further outside the Harrow borders than we’d normally go, but it seems so unusual, and has some interesting speakers, that it’s probably worth looking at a second time.

The organisers of this popular local event tell us what they have lined up for this year’s programme. Any one of you living in this area will know how lucky we are to have access to stunning countryside, fast routes to the capital and brilliant local facilities. But, do you know about the Chorleywood Literary Festival which takes place between 18 and 27 November this year. It’s our sixth year and was listed by Country Life as “one of the cream of the crop”. We started with two enterprising women and some dynamic volunteers and it has got bigger and better with larger audiences and increasing press interest. We’ve had some wonderful speakers including the Man Booker prize winner Howard Jacobson, the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. If this is news to you, don’t miss out on this year’s LitFest because there are events for all tastes and ages. It’s friendly, fun and
affordable with tickets at £6.

The LitFest kicks off on Friday 18 November with “Love, Sex and Betrayal” which will be chaired by IBB partner Andrew Olins. We have three fantastic Penguin authors who will weave together an extraordinary story of love, sex and betrayal through the ages. For fans of action adventure, intrigue and history there’s more modern history with Max Hastings’ assessment of the impact of WW2, an event with two family stories of a resistant Jew and a “hidden” Nazi. For fans of the TV series Downton Abbey, Lady Fiona Carnarvon will focus on Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon and her determination to preserve Highclere Castle.

The much adored presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Dame Jenni Murray, will also be with us to tell the story of her great love affair with her dog, Butch the Chihuahua.

On Sunday 27 you’re spoiled for choice. The day starts with the award-winning food writer, Elisabeth Luard with a year of Welsh cooking and moves onto the extraordinary illustrations of Matteo Percoli. He has created an astonishing document of his artistic journey along The Thames – a 37-foot-long pen and ink drawing of the north and south banks. The day will end with Angela Thirlwell’s vivid account of the public art and private demons of Ford Madox Brown.

Last but not least there’s something for the 3-7 year olds. On Saturday 19 we have the wonderful story teller Danya Miller who will take the children into a wonderful imaginary world of stories. Tickets £3. We also have a writing competition. This year’s theme is Laughter, with categories for 5-7 year olds, 7-11 year olds, 11-16 year olds and adults. Further details are available on our website. If you’re more ambitious and want to write a book we can help with that as well. Author Ciaran Murtagh is running a day-long workshop with an editor and publisher. Tickets are £35 and
include lunch.

The Chorleywood LitFest is sponsored by IBB Solicitors.

More details on the event here.

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