Nadia Rasheed

Hampstead’s Literary Feast

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A literary festival right here in London! The London Jewish Cultural Centre is hosting the fifth Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival this September and the event promises to be a true celebration of writing carried out over three days.

Sunday features a hands-on workshop with published author Miriam Halahmy where you’ll learn how to write a satisfying memoir. Charlotte Mendelson’s ‘Almost English’ was recently longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize and she’ll be in conversation with Claire Armistead to discuss her acclaimed novel. For those who are more politically inclined, the BBC’s Mark Easton will discuss the psyche of Brtiain as a nation today and Giles Milton provides insight into the missions of British spies in Soviet Russia. One panel will even feature the mother-daughter combination of Deborah and Lottie Moggach. Both authors will talk to John Crace about their respective new novels and their similarities as well as their differences.


On Saturday, learn more about the life of famed poet Sylvia Plath before her untimely death and marriage to Ted Hughes. Andrew Wilson constructs an intimate portrait of the artist that may seem distant to so many of us today. Fans of television’s Downton Abbey will be delighted by the appearance of Lady Carnarvon who once lived at Highclere Castle, which provides the real life setting for the drama today. If you are aspiring to write the next great psychological thriller, three of the best contemporary writers of the genre will be there to discuss techniques and what it takes to go dark.

Future romance novelists will enjoy Jane Thynne and Sophie Hardach’s exploration of love under duress which takes place on Tuesday. Enjoy reconciling true love with tons of conflict! Incorporate your passion for literature and art by listening to Jonathan Jones’ reinterpretation of the Renaissance and the lives of the artists that lived during it. This year’s festival really does cater to a list of genres, be it travel or crime fiction you are sure to find a workshop or panel discussion that appeals to you. The festival is also launching ‘Poetry in The Park’ where poets of any age can recite their work before a live audience.

The event takes place from 15 – 17 September and booking information can be found on the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival website.


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