“…this is an oasis of sanity.” Howard Jacobson, New Statesman
Queen’s Park is a hidden, family-friendly gem in North West London centred around a 30 acre park surrounded by beautiful Victorian homes. We are the only London book festival to be held solely in a public park and the area boasts a wonderful literary history as a home to authors, artists, poets and actors for generations.
Authors who have attended the festival include local bestselling novelist Zadie Smith, award winning authors Tessa Hadley, John Lanchester, Guy Gunaratne, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Jonathan Coe, Philip Hensher and Booker prize-winning novelists Howard Jacobson, Eleanor Catton and Bernardine Evaristo. The festival celebrates the literary arts in all its forms and has welcomed directors Stephen Frears and Nicholas Hytner as well as the acclaimed actors Simon Russell Beale and Reece Shearsmith.
The festival’s unique Queen’s Park Community Tent is a home on the festival site for a diverse range of local writers providing a platform for them to share their work to hundreds of people in a free, public space. The Community Tent was created specifically to champion local voices and empower under-represented groups in the community. It is an extremely popular festival venue and has previously been a platform for local refugees, elderly residents, young poets and emerging authors.
The festival will return on 26 and 27 June 2021.