BOOK lovers came out in force to mark the inaugural Ealing Book Festival as more than 1,300 visitors joined the first edition of the four-day event.

Highlights were talks with authors Sathnam Sanghera, John Boyne, Booker Prize-winner Eleanor Catton and former children’s laureates Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Lauren Child.

The festival programme also included writing and poetry workshops, walking tours and a competition for young poets all set against the backdrop of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery.

The four-day programme began with a look at how great artists see the world in a conversation between Clare Gough, Director of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery and former BBC journalist and director of the Soane Museum, Will Gompertz.

Events concluded when Phil Manzanera, of Roxy Music fame, played out the festival on his electric guitar. 

Catherine Jaquiss, festival chair, said: “Pulling it together has been a huge team effort. Now we’ve established Ealing on the literary map we look forward to building on this year’s success when the festival returns in 2025.” 

Clare Gough, Director, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, added: “It was a joy to see West London’s book-loving community come together over the four days.”