The Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival 2017

The Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival 2017

The Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival 2017


Thursday, 14 September 2017, 10:00

Event Details

The Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival returns to JW3 for its ninth year.

20% off if you book 3 tickets or more (not including film screenings, Dinner with Dorothy or the Leonard Cohen Tribute)


Thursday 14 Sepember
Hallelujah: A Celebration of Leonard Cohen

We open the festival with a tribute to one of Hampstead’s most famous one-time residents, novelist, poet and one of the greatest songwriters to ever grace the planet, Leonard Cohen. Admitting to influences as wide ranging as Hebrew prayer and Federico Garcia Lorca, Cohen himself has, in turn, inspired generations of artists. Salman Rushdie once said of his work, “If I could write like that, I would.”
Friday 15th September
Dinner with Dorothy
A celebration of Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table.
Sun 17th September
Literary Highgate
Explore the atmospheric village of Highgate and its many literary roots.

Fully Connected
How to network effectively with Julia Hobsbawm.

Workshop: Editing Your Novel
Join publisher Sarah Savitt in a workshop in which she will explore common editorial problems in first novels – and how you might solve them.

A Life of My Own
Bestselling, award-winning biographer, Claire Tomalin, turns her attention to her own life in a frank and fascinating memoir.

Workshop: Writing Poetry
In this workshop, award-winning poet, Karen McCarthy-Woolf, gives you a taste of writing poetry.

The Secret Books
Nothing is more dangerous than a story...Marcel Theroux discusses his latest novel.

Man-life Crisis
Guardian journalist and award-winning blogger Stuart Heritage discusses his hilarious new book, Don’t Be A Dick, Pete.

London Lit Live
We celebrate London itself in all its multifarious glory with some of the most exciting contemporary writers and artists working within it and bringing it to literary life.
Monday 18th September
City of Oranges
Through intimate personal interviews and generations-old memoirs, letters, and diaries, Adam LeBor’s City of Oranges offers a crucial look at the human lives behind the headlines and reveals a vivid narrative of cataclysmic change.

So They Call You Pisher
To close the festival, Michael Rosen speaks to Viv Groskop about his new memoir, which recounts his early years in the North London suburbs.
Ongoing, FREE

Portrait of the writer as…

Internationally renowned designer and artist, Nicole Farhi, has recently turned her attention to portrait sculpture. To accompany the festival we exhibit some of the stunning portrait busts she has made of writers, both living and dead.

Velkom to Inklandt

Our lounge will also feature a new paper-cut by artist and poet, Sophie Herxheimer. The piece has been commissioned for the festival to accompany her latest collection of poetry, Velkom to Inklandt, which she will be reading from at the London Lit Live evening at the festival on September 17th.


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