A literary celebration, Words in the Park festival


    We are excited to announce the Words in the Park festival which we will be attending from the 18th-20th May in Holland Park.

    Some of the UK’s finest living novelists are set to appear at the festival alongside broadcasters, historians, philosophers, fashion and design icons, foodies, actors and politicians in a packed programme.

    Audiences will be entertained, inspired and stimulated in the heart of one of London’s most stunning and historic parks at what is hoped will become an annual event. 
 Festival goers can hear crime veteran P.D. James (Baroness James of Holland Park) in conversation with friend and fellow writer Penelope Lively, laugh at the hilarious life observations of actress Maureen Lipman, join John McCarthy on a journey into the complex Middle East as he discusses his travels in Palestine with Sandi Toksvig, be inspired as A.S. Byatt looks back on her best-loved novels with Jonathan Derbyshire, Culture Editor of the New Statesman, and revel in the foodie tales of Sophie Dahl and Mary McCartney, who will be launching her debut cook book ‘Food’.

    Some of West London’s most famous faces will be speaking at the festival: political legend Tony Benn will be in conversation with young author and agitator Owen Jones, and writer Jung Chang, in conversation with critic Maya Jaggi, will reflect on China in the 21 years since the publication of her global phenomenon ‘Wild Swans’.

    The line up continues with Jeremy Paxman, Andrew Marr, AA.Gill, John Bercow, Matthew Flinders, Jimmy Carr, Lindsey Hilsum and Nick Cohen plus many more.

    The festival will also offer audiences the chance to meet fellow literary enthusiasts, wander the beautiful park, enjoy excellent food and wine, browse the festival bookshop and meet the authors at book signings.

    For full programme details:


    Booking via Opera Holland Park, www.operahollandandpark.com and telephone box office: 0300 999 1000