Friday, 14 June
Greenwich Nature Walk with Bob Gilbert, 11:30 a.m.
This is a walk, entirely in the environs of the Old Royal Naval College, that will look for the overlooked. Based on Bob Gilbert’s recent book Ghost Trees, and on the idea of attentiveness to the natural word in any surroundings, it will seek out the natural world in London’s Zone 2. The natural things that provide an encounter with the extraordinary in the everyday. Bob Gilbert’s award-nominated Ghost Trees, is a book inspired by – and championing – the natural history of the inner-city and what we can learn from it.
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfwalk19
Michael Palin – Erebus: The Story of a Ship, 6:30 p.m.
Join Michael Palin, former Monty Python stalwart and television globetrotter, in a stirring hour-long presentation as he brings the extraordinary ship Erebus back to life, following it from its launch in 1826 to the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and to ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic. Mr. Palin’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. The National Maritime Museum, where Mr. Palin conducted much of his research for the book, is co-hosting the event.
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfpalin
Saturday, 15 June
Caroline Criado Perez: How the World is Built for Men, 11:30 a.m.
Caroline Criado Perez, the award-winning campaigner and writer, shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. Her new book, Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Menexposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives. Jane Martinson, formerly the editor of the women’s section of the Guardian, will interview her.
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfinvisible
A River Runs Through It: Nature Writing in Contemporary London, 12:40 p.m.
How do you write about nature in London, one of the biggest cities in the world? Caroline Crampton’s non-fiction debut, The Way to the Sea: The Forgotten Histories of the Thames Estuary, is a fluid fusion of memoir, history and psycho-geography and offers this rare perspective on London, from the Thames itself. Nature writer Bob Gilbertrelocated to Poplar—just across the river from Greenwich—by happy accident but then he decided to write a natural history of his new London habitat and his book, Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish, was born.
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfriver
Hallie Rubenhold: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, 2 p.m.
Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met.Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him in the press has become far more famous than the names of his victims. Now, in her devastating narrative of these five lives, historian Hallie Rubenholdfinally sets the record straight. She gives these women back their stories in the first full-length biography ever to be written about them.
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfthefive
Lowborn: Kerry Hudson in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink, 3:45 p.m.
Lowborn is award-winning novelist Kerry Hudson’s brave, vivid, illuminating, deeply personal and gripping memoir of a challenging childhood beyond Britain’s poverty line – and an agenda-setting work of non-fiction. Kerry will be in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink, the bestselling memoirist of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache. Cathy is also a contributor to Unbound’s Common People: an anthology of working-class writers, recalling her teen prowess as a darts-player.
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfhudson
Tracey Thorn: A Teenager in Suburbia, 6:30 p.m.
Singer, songwriter and author Tracey Thornreturns to Greenwich Book Festival to talk about her latest memoir, Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia, which recounts her time in Brookmans Park, where her teenage life was forged from what failed to happen or waiting for something to happen. She will be in conversation with journalist and novelist Hannah Beckerman.
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfthorne
An Evening with Billy Bragg, 8 p.m.
Billy Braggcomes to Greenwich to talk about activism, how we can protect democracy and his new book, Three Dimensions of Freedom.
Billy Bragg is one of our most-beloved singer-songwriters, and a trenchant political activist. Join us for a free-ranging conversation covering his life in music and politics, the political left and its leadership, Brexit, and what difference activism and individual actions can make.
For more information or for tickets, go to: Bit.ly/gbfbragg