Dates for Second Chiswick Book Festival Announced

Organisers hope to recreate success of inaugural event which raised more than £6,000 for local charities

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Chiswick Book Festival September 17th-19th 2010

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The organisers of the Chiswick Book Festival are pleased to announce that this year's Festival will take place from 17th to 19th September 2010.

As last year, it will be based in St Michael & All Angels Church & Parish Hall, by Turnham Green tube station. Some events will again take place at other Chiswick venues.

The Chiswick Book Festival is a non-profit-making, community event. Last year's inaugural Festival raised a total of £6,195 for three charities related to reading and the work of St Michael & All Angels.

The Festival director, Torin Douglas, said, "We were delighted with the response to the first Chiswick Book Festival, not just from those who came in such large numbers but from authors, publishers and others in the book trade. They told us we really must make it an annual event - and we are happy to bring it back for 2010."

Following the news that there will be no Ealing Literary Festival this year, he said, "We shall continue to work with Ealing Council, as we have for the past three years, to bring together top authors and eager readers in this part of west London. We are grateful for the support we have received from Chiswick's two London boroughs - Ealing and Hounslow - and we hope local residents will enjoy the 2010 Chiswick Book Festival as much as last year's. "

Speakers at last year's Festival included Lady Antonia Fraser, Sir Ian McKellen, Michael Frayn, Lynn Barber, Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, Christina Odone, Michelle Paver, and many others. It was enthusiastically supported by Waterstones in Chiswick, local businesses, publishers and many local volunteers. Pictures and reports can be found on the Festival website:

The 2009 Festival raised £6,195.36 from the sale of tickets and refreshments, and sponsorship. The proceeds were divided equally between St Michael & All Angels, which provided its venues and facilities free of charge, and three charities concerned with reading:

- RNIB Talking Books Service and Books for Children. The Festival's contribution has been used to sponsor the recording of Claire Tomalin's The Invisible Woman and Sandi Toksvig's children's book The Littlest Viking, and is acknowledged on the CDs.

- InterAct Reading Service, which provides a reading service for stroke patients in hospital. One of its patrons is Chiswick resident Richard Briers. It was one of five winners in the Guardian's Charity Awards 2009.

- The Letterbox Club, which works with local authorities to send regular book parcels to children aged 7 to 11 in foster families, to improve their educational outlook. It's part of the Book Trust and one of its patrons is Jacqueline Wilson, who also spoke at the Festival.

Anyone who would like to be involved in the 2010 Festival, should contact the Festival administrator, Dinah Garrett - at PO Box 31497, London W4 3QF or at: .

March 5, 2010