Greenwich Book Festival, returns for its second year, on May 27-28, with a lineup of leading fiction, non-fiction, independent, emerging and children's authors, participating in talks, showcases and hands-on workshops.
Intimate in scale, grand in setting, the two-day event, hosted by the University of Greenwich, under the Royal Greenwich Festivals banner, takes place in the historic Thameside buildings and grounds of the Old Royal Naval College and the neighbouring National Maritime Museum.
The festival gets underway with a free schools day, then an after-school club.
Authors involved in the 2016 programme range from kids' favourites Chloe Inkpen and Jim Smith (Barry Loser) to Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley explaining How To Read Water, Kate Summerscale, bestselling authors revealing how to write 'GripLit' and post-punk icon Brix Smith Start discussing her new rock memoir.
When? 27 – 28 May 2016.
Where? Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London
Who? 2017 TBA
Website? Greenwich Bookfest
Facebook? Greenwich Book Festival
Festival Director? Patricia Nicol, Auriol Bishop, Alex Pheby
2016 - Adult programme: Kate Summerscale, Brix Smith Start, Chris Cleave, Sara Pascoe, Tristan Gooley, Hollie McNish Charlotte McDonald-Gibson (Castaway), Bee Wilson, Laura Barnett (The Versions Of Us), Lisa Owens (Not Working), Amy Liptrot (The Outrun), Helen Stevenson (Love Like Salt), Kit De Waal (My Name is Leon), Claire Vaye Watkins (Gold Fame Citrus), Charles Foster (Being A Beast), Caitlin Davies (Downstream), Fiona Barton (The Widow), Gillian Slovo, Sam Baker, Lucy Atkins, Fanny Blake, Anakana Schoefield, Andrew Hankinson, Adam Biles, Courttia Newland, Irenosen Okojie, Alex Pheby, Paul Stanbridge, Juliet Jacques, Annie Holmes, Olumide Popoola, Paul McVeigh, Joanna Walsh, Carys Davies, Preti Taneja, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Patrick Barkham. Children's/YA programme: Andy Stanton (Mr Gum), Jim Smith (Barry Loser), Lauren St John, Chloe Inkpen, a Harry Potter show, explorer Justin Miles, Clara Vulliamy and Polly Faber, Okido, Marion Deuchars, Linda Scott, the bubble writer, Ben Newman's Professor Astrocat, AF Harrold and Sarah Horne (Fizzlebert Stump), Alex Wheatle, Catherine Johnson, Melinda Salisbury.
2015 Authors: Jessie Burton, Viv Albertine, Jon Ronson, Patrick Gale, Greenwich University’s current writer-in-residence Paul Ewen (Francis Plug, How To Be A Public Author), Victoria Hislop, Antonia Hodgson, Rory Clements and historians Peter Moore and Selina Todd.
The children’s programme running through the weekend included activities workshops, books-related performances and author events. Authors/organisations visiting included: Kate Saunders, winner of the 2014 Children’s Costa prize for Five Children On the Western Front; Pip Jones, author of Squishy McFluff running a workshop on imaginary pets; OKIDO magazine; Longnose Puppets presenting Polly Dunbar‘s Flyaway Kate; illustrator William Grill discussing his stunning non-fiction account of Shackleton’s Journey; David Lucas; Emily Hughes, Wimpy Kid and Dinosaur that Pooped shows.
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