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About Us

Welcome to the site of the Greenwich Book Festival. We are a young London festival seeking to reflect the best of the city we see around us. So our wide-ranging programme aims to be inclusive, welcoming to all ages and diverse. The festival  works hard to keep it programme affordable – with open access to the site and free events. They fully sponsor a primary schools’ Friday, which state school children attend at no cost, and undertake outreach work in secondaries and libraries.


At GBF, we believe that every book is a journey of discovery. Intimate in scale, though grand in setting, our Festival aims to give audiences a unique opportunity to hear from authors they admire, but to also discover emerging voices, bold ideas and new experiences too.

GBF was founded by three Greenwich residents (a journalist, academic and publisher) who felt this historic South-East London site would be a dream place to celebrate the journey of discovery every book takes you on. The University of Greenwich have allowed that dream to become a reality. The festival also appears under the Royal Greenwich Festivals banner and receives council funding.

We hope to welcome you to our beautiful site, where as well as festival events, you will find a popup Waterstones, food and drink stalls and entertainment. And remember, if you are not local, but travel to Greenwich via MBNA Thames Clipper you can buy festival tickets at the concessions rate.

A huge thank you to everyone who makes the Greenwich Book Festival possible – our visiting authors, our audience, and especially to the University of Greenwich, the Old Royal Naval College and Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The Greenwich Book Festival Team