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Meet famous authors and enjoy cultural events at Hillingdon Arts and Literature Festival

News release: 28/8/18 - Hillingdon Council is hosting a six-week programme of unique events to celebrate art, literature and culture across the borough from Friday 14 September to Sunday 28 October.

Culture Bite 2018

Famous authors including Adele Parks, Mark Billingham and Tony Kent will be hosting special evenings to discuss their bestselling books, and novelist Luana Lewis will be offering workshops on how to write thrillers. 

Residents can visit Tracy Boorman, historian, writer and TV presenter, at the Battle of Britain Bunker and Exhibition Centre to discuss her new novel, or celebrate National Poetry Day with English poet Wendy Cope, OBE, as she amuses her audience with wry, ironic poetry. 

Avid readers can combine their passion for books with a love of food and drink at either the Books and the City Afternoon Tea, or Crime and Wine evening. Other festival highlights include wine tasting, Indian classical painting, talks on local witchcraft, poetry evenings, history talks, art therapy and film screenings. 

There will be a range of free cultural days celebrating music, dancing and crafts from around the world, and Hillingdon libraries will be celebrating National Libraries Week with a number of free events.

During October half term, there are heaps of children's activities on offer including origami for beginners, drama games, storytelling sessions and creative writing workshops. Young people can enjoy talks from award-winning children's author Alan Durrant, author of Burger Boy, and take part in creative writing workshops with other well-known children's authors. 

Uxbridge Library will be hosting a special heroes and villains event, where residents of all ages are invited to dress up as their favourite superheroes for a fun-filled evening of free activities. The festival will come to an end with a Grand Finale on Sunday 28 October, featuring the Stardust Big Band and a surprise guest speaker at the Great Barn in Ruislip.

Councillor Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: "We are lucky to have such a diverse community in Hillingdon, and we're looking forward to celebrating our vibrant culture with a fantastic programme of events across the borough. If you're a book lover, art enthusiast or history fanatic, or perhaps you'd just like to learn more about different cultures, then come along and join in the fun at our Culture Bite festival."

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