MP Ann Widdecombe attracted a large audience when she appeared at a literary event at a Golders Green school last night.

Over 200 people attended the 9th Henrietta Barnett School Literary Society on Thursday for “An Evening with Ann Widdecombe”.

Politician turned novelist, Ms Widdecombe spoke about her books and later about her work as a parliamentarian to an audience of pupils and their parents, staff, and local residents.

She read from two of her novels before taking questions from the floor before signing copies of her books.

The evening was preceded by pupils from The Henrietta Barnett School reading their own poems to the audience.

Jo Velleman, Development Director at The Henrietta Barnett School, who organises the HBS Literary Society events said: “These events have become very prestigious, well attended and well received.

"As well as being school events, we are always delighted to be able to invite local residents and friends to join us."

Past speakers have included Will Self, Nick Hornby, Tracey Chevalier, Deborah Moggach, Martin Bell and David Aaronovitch.

The next two events in the HBS Literary Society series are with Julian Fellowes on April 29 and Jeffrey Archer on November 11.