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New Literary Salon

An empty shop in Twickenham became the borough’s first Literary Salon as part of an annual festival.

The salon was opened up for three weeks in November as part of the Richmond upon Thames Literary Festival, thanks to funding from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund.

The Literary Salon, in Heath Road, Twickenham, was an exhibition space offering events and workshops for members of the public.

There was also an exhibition of photography and short films by a group of young people from the local travelling community.

Events included a mini beast factory, art and poetry workshop for children, an adults’ poetry masterclass, a writing workshop and much more.

Richmond Councillor Pamela Fleming said: “Our literature festival has stepped up a gear this year, taking the programme directly to the high street. Our successful bid to the Mayor’s Outer London Fund has given us the chance to bring an empty shop to life and provide opportunities for keen writers and the local community.

“We are committed to using the Mayor’s funding to revitalise our high street, and this is just one step of a number of improvements.

“There were opportunities for keen writers, children and families.”

The salon was part of extra celebrations this year to mark the festival’s 20th anniversary.

A spokesperson for the festival said the aim of the salon was to provide a place where festival goers could have a much needed sit down, a cup of tea and a biscuit with some of the UK’s finest literati, while planning which part of the festival to visit next.

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