DATES for the inaugural Ealing Book Festival 2024 have been announced following a launch event.

From Thursday to Sunday, April 11-14, the festival will feature discussions with nationally-renowned authors and well-known local writers, as well as book signings and activities for all ages, in partnership with Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery and Savills.

The launch was a sell-out out for an evening with writer and ex-BBC journalist Rory Cellan-Jones, who discussed his new memoir, Ruskin Park, with former BBC arts journalist Rebecca Jones.

Earlier, a children’s event  involved Judith Eagle and illustrator Kim Geyer.

Catherine Jaquiss, festival chair, said: “The interest we’ve seen so far bodes well for the full festival in April.

"We’re looking forward to bringing a dynamic and varied programme to Ealing, celebrating the joy of reading and writing and reflecting our vibrant and diverse borough. Put the dates in your diary!

“Staging a book festival on this scale is a lot of work and we are extremely grateful for the support of Pitzhanger and Savills.” 

The aim is for Ealing Book Festival to become an annual event.

It will be centred in and around Pitzhanger Manor, the restored house of architect Sir John Soane which sits in the grounds of Walpole Park.