London has many things, but strangely, not too many literary festivals to speak of. Three cheers then, for Holland Park's inaugural Words in the Park. From Jeremy Paxman talking about the British Empire to P.D. James and Penelope Lively ruminating on murder in empire line dresses, via Andrew Marr on Elizabeth II, and Alain de Botton on religion (yup, him again) and Tony Benn (pictured), it's packed with a glorious array of exciting events, whatever your curiosity. We'll be booking for Sophie Dahl and Mary McCartney on sumptuous feasting. See you there.
Words in the Park, 18 - 20 May 2012, £12 per event, or £50 for a day ticket, wayswithwords.co.uk/festivals