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Latest news from this year's Chiswick Book Festival 
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Is it only three weeks since we wished you Happy World Book Day? A lot has changed but we're still planning a great lineup to look forward to in September, if COVID-19 allows. So please don't cross our dates out of your diary!
Haiku & Poem Competition for Young People
Among many events held over is the Blossom Day W4 Street Party - but, as a sign of hope, the Haiku & Poem Competition is going ahead, with our support. It's open to young people under the age of 12 (Primary Schools) or under 19 (Secondary Schools) on the closing date, Sunday April 19th 2020. See the rules and entry form on the Blossom Day W4 website.
10th Chiswick Book Festival Young People's Poetry Competition
This will also be the 10th year of our Young People's Poetry Competition for schools and individuals. Entries close on Monday June 8th but poems can be submitted before then. See how to enter - and last year's winners - here
Help children enjoy books at home
With all the home-schooling going on, we don't want to add too many tips about what to read. But Lucy Chambers, our Children's Festival co-ordinator, and her school librarians group recommend A Library Lady's Reading for Pleasure: Resources to help children enjoy books at home. It has lots of great links and ideas, including #DrawWithRob, with Rob Biddulph who spoke here in 2016.
How you are enjoying books at home?
What are you reading? Are you reading alone, or out loud? Is your book group meeting online? Send your stories to us at admin@chiswickbookfestival.net, or on social media, putting #BooksAtHome in the subject box.
2020 - still a momentous year for William Hogarth in west London?
One major disappointment is that the eight paintings of A Rake’s Progress have returned to Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing but can't yet be seen. First displayed there by Sir John Soane 200 years ago, they form the centrepiece of Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives. It was due to open last week - watch this space. 

In the summer, Hogarth’s House in Chiswick was due to open its new Mulberry Garden Project and learning centre. That too is on hold. But in September, subject to events, the Chiswick Book Festival still hopes to celebrate Hogarth, Soane and A Rake’s Progress at Chiswick House & Gardens, with cartoonist Martin Rowson (Hogarth's Roundabout, above) and others. Read more here.

Help Chiswick Playhouse Play On
All of our venue buildings are currently shut, though Chiswick House Gardens are open, subject to social distancing rules. Chiswick Playhouse, above the Tabard pub, has closed for at least 12 weeks: to stay afloat it has launched a "Buy A Seat" fundraising campaign with a video.

Fresh bid to secure Burgess blue plaque in Chiswick
The Chiswick Book Festival is supporting a fresh bid by academics, historians and local residents to gain a blue plaque for the Chiswick house where Anthony Burgess lived in the 1960s. The author, best known for his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange (below left), lived at 24 Glebe Street from 1964 to 1968. See The Chiswick Calendar, ChiswickW4.com and Chiswick Herald.

Chiswick Timeline of Writers and Books
And if you've not had time to delve into our online literary archive, now is surely your chance! Have you checked to see if you are in it? It lists 400 authors who have lived in Chiswick, or written a book about the area. See A Quick Guide.
 
Please save the dates for this year’s Chiswick Book Festival: Thursday September 10th to Monday 14th 2020 (with a few events either side!).
Chiswick Book Festival - part-time administrator wanted!
We are still hoping to appoint a part-time Festival administrator but this is now, understandably, subject to review. You can read more, and download the job description, here. Applications were due to close today, Friday March 27th, but because of the disruption we are now extending this by a few days till March 31st. If you'd like to know more, please email admin@chiswickbookfestival.net.
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