Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival 2018

4 - 8 October

The Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival returns to JW3 for its tenth birthday this Autumn. With a bounteous harvest of words, art, music and more, we’ll be channelling the ghost of Mary Shelley, embracing the revolutionary spirit of 1968, celebrating London and our little corner of it and showcasing some of the most exciting and cutting edge literary talent around.

Thursday 4 October - Monday 8 October

Thursday 4 October


Kim Sherwood discusses Testament, her extraordinary debut novel, which won the 2016 Bath Award and follows its protagonist on a journey of discovery after finding her grandather's testimony of surviving the Holocaust.

Thursday 4 October

Blood on the Page

Bestselling author and acclaimed journalist, Thomas Harding, discusses his latest book, Blood on the Page, a shocking and revelatory investigation into the 2006 murder of Allan Chappelow on Downshire Hill in Hampstead, described as 'the greatest whodunit of recent years'.

Friday 5 October

Artists and Authors in Abundance: Hampstead

To celebrate the publication of Women's London, join its author, Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky as she leads one of the walks from the book.

Friday 5 October

Dinner at the Villa Diodati 

We recreate the moment Mary Shelley conceived Frankenstein over Friday night dinner. 

Sunday 7 October


Explore Victor Frankenstein's world through a series of extraordinary objects.

Sunday 7 October


Jacqueline Rose speaks to Naomi Gryn about her new book, Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty. In it, she argues that argues that mothers are the ultimate scapegoat for all that is wrong with the world,  and the ones ultimately expected to repair it.

Sunday 7 October


From the ruined towns of Kiev to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan, join investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland as he explains, in conversation with Lucy Manning, why the world is run by thieves, and how to take it back.

Tuesday 30 October

Arts Salon: Golems

The Arts Salon delves into the world of monsters, golems, animation and the afterlife. 

Tuesday 27 November

Arts Salon: Satire

The Arts Salon gets politica for laughs in a celebration of satire.


During the Fesitval we will also be screening films at our Boutique Cinema

5-11 October

A Simple Favor, based on the novel by Darcey Bell

7-10 October

The Seagull, based on the play by Anton Chekhov