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CUL­TURE Bite – Hillingdon coun­cil’s an­nual fes­ti­val of lit­er­a­ture, arts and cul­ture – will re­turn from Satur­day Septem­ber 16, of­fer­ing a wide va­ri­ety of free and paid events to suit all tastes.

Run­ning un­til the end of October, the six week pro­gramme will fea­ture talks from best­selling au­thors, drama, arts, crafts and cre­ative writ­ing.

The events will be held at a range of venues across the bor­ough, in­clud­ing li­braries, the­atres and parks.

The fes­ti­val launch, timed to co­in­cide with the Manor Farm His­tory Week­end on Septem­ber 16 and 17, will fea­ture a spe­cial talk from in­ter­na­tional crime writer Michael Jecks whose books are based on real events and mur­ders from medieval times.

Michael’s talk, Medieval Mys­ter­ies, will take place in The Great Barn on Sun­day Septem­ber 17 from 7.30pm. Other high­lights will in­clude an evening with award-win­ning au­thor Jeanette Win­ter­son OBE at the Com­pass Theatre on Wednesday October 11, and the Girls On Tour Af­ter­noon Tea at Haste Hill Golf Club on Septem­ber 30, which will give book fans the chance to share cakes, sand­wiches and a glass of bub­bly with five fab­u­lous female writers.

Harry Pot­ter lovers are also in for a treat as Cul­ture Bite cel­e­brates 20 mag­i­cal years of the young wiz­ard. On Fri­day October 25, from 10am to 4pm, The Great Barn at Manor Farm will be trans­formed into Hog­wart’s fa­mous Great Hall and vis­i­tors will get the chance to meet spe­cial guests pro­fes­sors, learn new mag­i­cal skills and test their Harry Pot­ter knowl­edge. The free event will end with a spe­cial screen­ing of Harry Pot­ter and the Philoso­pher’s Stone.

Coun­cil­lor Richard Lewis, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Cen­tral Ser­vices, Cul­ture and Heritage Heritage, said: “I’m de­lighted to an­nounce the re­turn of Cul­ture Bite, which, due to pop­u­lar de­mand, we’ve ex­tended and spread out over six weeks this year, rather than the usual four.

“There is so much to of­fer cul­ture lovers, from lit­er­ary, mu­si­cal and art events, to chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions.

“Please pick up a copy of this year’s pro­gramme from your lo­cal li­brary or get the de­tails on­line. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

Visit­turebite for more de­tails.

Michael Jecks and Jeanette Win­ter­son (above) will fea­ture at Hillingdon’s Cul­ture Bite fes­ti­val

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