With so much to choose from at the Greenwich Book Festival, where do you start? This list of fiction events for adults on Saturday, June 15 might help you.
Lest our festival friends get overwhelmed, we’ve broken up these lists into adult fiction and adult non-fiction events. You can find the non-fiction list here.
Alex Pheby: Telling the Story of Lucia, 10 a.m.
Novelist Alex Pheby, who is a founding director of the Greenwich Book Festival and programme leader in creative writing at the University of Greenwich, reads from his latest novel Lucia. It is the story of James Joyce’s only daughter who spent the last 30 years of her life in an asylum. The novel was the co-winner of the Republic of Consciousness prize. Pheby also will give an exclusive preview of his next novel, Mordew. Presented with Galley Beggar Press
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbflucia
Story Cities: A City Guide for the Imagination, 10 a.m.
On National Flash Fiction Day, Story Cities creators, Rosamund Davies and Kam Rehal (University of Greenwich), together with publisher and co-editor Cherry Potts (Arachne Press), discuss their edited book Story Cities, a collection of new flash fiction in multiple genres, by 42 different writers, about the things you see, experience and feel in the city. The collection aims to give readers an alternative city guide, not to one particular city, but rather to all cities, any city, a city guide for the imagination.
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfcities
Bernadine Evaristo in conversation with Diana Evans, 11:15 a.m.
Current Woolwich laureate Bernardine Evaristo is a dynamic figure in British letters. Her latest novel, Girl, Woman, Other offers a vibrant portrait of contemporary London, Britain and womanhood. It follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different people in Britain, predominantly female and black. Bernadine will be in conversation with award-winning novelist Diana Evans, whose latest novel, Ordinary People, has been nominated for several awards, including the Women’s Prize.
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfevaristo
Writers on Campus, 11:15 a.m.
Writers bring something different to university life. It isn’t just that they offer different ways of thinking and expression, not to mention an interesting potential role model for students. They also bring creativity, the potential for new and unexpected events, not to mention subversion. In turn, being on campus can also help writers in all kinds of ways. Join writers SJ Fowler, Isabel Waidner and Paul Ewen as they explore writers on campus. Presented with Galley Beggar Press.
For more information or for tickets: Bit.ly/gbfcampus
English PEN: Writers at Risk, 12:30 p.m.
English PEN campaigns to defend writers and readers in the UK and around the world whose human right to freedom of expression is at risk. This event is curated by poet and artist SJ Fowler and English PEN’s Cat Lucas. It features UK-based authors speaking on behalf of fellow-writers from around the world whose freedom has been compromised – and who have often had to endure significant danger and hardship. Performances of original pieces of prose, poetry, and reportage will include: Paul Ewen for Behrouz Boochani, Ellen Wiles for Dina Meza, Sam Jordison for Narges Mohammadi, SJ Fowler for Oleg Sentsov, Sara Upstone for Dawit Isaak and James Miller for Nedim Turfent. Presented with Galley Beggar Press
For more information or for tickets: Bit.ly/gbfpen
A Good Enough Parent? Thrillers with Fiona Barton and Bev Thomas, 12:40 p.m.
Many struggle to juggle life and career. In Fiona Barton’s bestselling heart-in-mouth The Suspect and Bev Thomas’s gripping literary suspense thriller A Good Enough Mother, personal and professional boundaries are pushed to breaking-point. Poignant and page-turning, these are psychological thrillers for our times, exploring dark, deeply complex terrains and relationships, and both influenced by their authors’ earlier careers.
For more information or for tickets: Bit.ly/gbfthrillers
A Sense of Place: How Citizens of the World Write About Location, 2 p.m.
Where we come from, where we live and who we love: there’s no escaping the importance of place and identity in the 21stcentury. It matters how we talk about them and how we feel about them and there’s no one better placed to explore such questions than writers. Join Paul Scraton, Deirdre Shanahan and Gonzalo C Garcia as they look into what it means to belong, what it means to be a citizen of the world and the fascination of location. Presented with Galley Beggar Press
For more information or for tickets: Bit.ly/gbfplace
A Celebration of the New Daughters of Africa Anthology, 2 p.m.
Celebrate the New Daughters of Africaanthology with its editor Margaret Busby, along with contributors Malorie Blackman, Bridget Minamore and Diana Evans, to showcase the global sweep, diversity and extraordinary literary achievements of black women writers. Comprising a wealth of genres and styles, this anthology speaks to the strong links that endure from generation to generation as well as the common obstacles that women writers of colour continue to face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class.
For more information or for tickets: Bit.ly/gbfdaughters
Joseph O’Connor’s Shadowplay, 3:15 p.m.
Come to be introduced to Shadowplay, a dazzling new novel by Joseph O’Connor to hear him discuss Dracula, Stoker, the Victorian gothic, the cultural interplay between 19th century London and Dublin and why the London of Jack the Ripper, Wilde and Stoker still fascinates. Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. He is an award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter, whose fiction has been translated into 40 languages.
For more information or for tickets: bit.ly/gbfoconnor
A Walk with Francis Plug, 3:30 p.m.
A walking tour with Paul Ewen, the author of Francis Plug: Writer In Residence. Much of this critically acclaimed and Bollinger Wodehouse Prize shortlisted novel takes place in and around the beautiful riverside setting of the University of Greenwich (and a few local pubs), and on this tour you will get to explore highlights with the author himself and to hear passages from the book in their actual setting, followed by a stop at the Morden Arms pub. Presented with Galley Beggar Press
For more information or for tickets: Bit.ly/gbfplug
A Tribute to Andrea Levy, 4 p.m.
Andrea Levy, one of England’s most-celebrated novelists, who passed away in February this year, is hailed as the chronicler of the Windrush generation. As the UK prepares to celebrate its first ever Windrush Day on June 22, join us for a tribute to this prize-winning and important author with Patrick Vernon, creator of the Windrush Day campaign, legendary publisher Margaret Busbyand playwright Roy Williams. They’ll also discussSmall Island, our reading club book of the festival.
For more information or for tickets: Bit.ly/gbflevy
Linda Grant: In Conversation, 5:15 p.m.
In A Stranger City, when a dead body is found in the Thames, caught in the chains of HMS Belfast, it sets off a search for a missing woman and confirms a sense that in London a person can become invisible once outside their community. Assuming they even have a community. Linda Grant is an award-winning novelist and journalist of six novels and four works of non-fiction. In 2000, she won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She will be talking to author and journalist Cathy Retzenbrink, author of “The Last Act of Love.”
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfgrant