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University of Greenwich has been providing higher education for over 125 years. It has over 20,000 UK and international students studying at three campuses in the UK, and an additional 17,000 students studying overseas. University of Greenwich is a public, research university with four faculties: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Business School; Education & Health; and Engineering & Science. It’s part of the University Alliance group and is silver rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework. The university operates across three campuses: Greenwich and Avery Hill in London and Medway in Kent. Its renowned research has been globally received and endorsed by nine Times Higher Education Awards and four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education. Notable alumni include the late Nobel Laureate Sir Charles Kao, Blur musician David Rowntree and campaigner Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon.


The Royal Borough of Greenwich hosts the Royal Greenwich Festivals, which Greenwich Book Festival is part of. The Royal Greenwich Festivals programme is spread across the whole of the borough so that all residents can enjoy theatre, music and dance on their doorsteps.


In 1873 the Naval College in Portsmouth acquired the buildings of the old Royal Hospital for Seamen in Greenwich – and so the Royal Naval College was established. In an age of world wars and developing technology, the Royal Naval College provided state of the art training for promising young officers. It would also see thousands of Wrens trained here during World War II. The Navy left in 1997, and the Old Royal Naval College is open for the public to visit. In 2019, the generosity of the Old Royal Naval College allowed the festival to spread out onto their lawns and make use of the Greenwich Visitor Centre’s excellent facilities.


Greenwich Theatre is one of London’s premiere Off-West End theatres, presenting a year-round programme of drama, music theatre, family shows and pantomime. The theatre is one of the country’s leading supporters of young and emerging theatre companies, regularly providing a launch pad for new work which subsequently transfers around the country, into the West End and around the world. The theatre is also at the forefront of developing and celebrating some of the UK’s finest family theatre and produces the annual Greenwich Children’s Theatre Festival and one of the country’s most acclaimed traditional pantomimes.


A top-10 UK visitor attraction, Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the iconic historic sailing ship Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House art gallery.


Are you interested in becoming one of our festival partners or collaborating with us? If so, contact us at greenwichbookfest@greenwich.ac.uk and we will be happy to discuss opportunities or sponsorship packages.