Festival Party: Celebrating Women Writers

Friday 15 June 2018

20.00 – 22.00

Festival Party: Celebrating Women Writers: With Diana Evans, Paula McLain, Imogen Hermes Gowar Lissa Evans and Louise Candlish


The GBF Friday night Festival Party was one of our last two festival’s most popular events. For 2018, we have a brilliant (and predominantly London-accented), line-up: Imogen Hermes Gowar, the Women’s and Desmond Elliott Prize-longlisted author of 2018’s most talked-about literary debut, the Deptford and Blackheath-set The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock; the Orange prizewinning Diana Evans discussing her new South-London-set novel Ordinary People; the award-winning Lissa Evans, introducing her mordantly funny 1920s-set Old Baggage, about a retired militant suffragette chafing at retirement; Louise Candlish, is the Sunday Times bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Swimming Pool and Our House’.

And, from the US, the internationally-bestselling Paula McLain, returning to the territory of her global hit The Paris Wife, introduces Love and Ruin, imagining Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to the pioneering war reporter Martha Gellhorn. Come and sort your summer’s reading.


Chaired by Patricia Nicol, Greenwich Book Festival founder and co-director and literary journalist.


Diana Evans is the award-winning author of 26a, The Wonder and Ordinary People

Lissa Evans is the prizewinning writer for children and adults of Their FinestCrooked Heart and Wed Wabbit,  and director-producer of Father Ted and Have I Got News For You

Paula McLain is the American author of internationally bestselling novels including The Paris Wife

Louise Candlish, is the South-East-London based author of several acclaimed novels

Imogen Hermes Gowar is a prize-nominated debut author, also living in South-East London.



The event is held in the Queen Mary Undercroft of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. There will be book signings during the interval and at the end of the evening. Doors and the bar will be open from 19.30 and last orders at 22.30.



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