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If you missed the legendary Hay Festival, you can see a baker’s dozen of authors and illustrators who appeared there at Greenwich Book Festival from June 13-16.

The Hay Festival, one of the top festivals in Britain, just ended with its astounding array of authors, illustrators, world leaders and others. We know not everyone can get to Wales, so we hope you can make it to Greenwich, because not only do we have 13 authors who were in Hay coming to Greenwich, but many more who will delight and inspire you. We like to think of our festival as the Hay on the Thames.

For Adults

Bernadine Evaristo, 11.15-12.15 Saturday

Bernadine Evaristo in conversation with Diana Evans: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. She 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 tickets: Bit.ly/gbfevaristo

Caroline Criado Perez, 11.30-12.30 Saturday

Caroline Criado Perez: How the World is Built for Men: 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. She will be interviewed by journalist Jane Martinson, former editor of The Guardian’s women’s section. For tickets: Bit.ly/gbfinvisible

Hallie Rubenhold: 14.00-15.00 Saturday

Hallie Rubenhold: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper: 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 Rubenhold finally sets the record straight. She gives these women back their stories in the first full-length biography ever to be written about them. For tickets: Bit.ly/gbfthefive

A celebration of the New Daughters of Africa (Margaret Busby & Malorie Blackman) 14.00-15.30 Saturday

New Daughters of Africa Anthology: A Celebration Hear about 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 tickets: Bit.ly/gbfdaughters

Joseph O’Connor, 15.15-16.15 Saturday

Joseph O’Connor’s Shadowplay: 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 tickets: Bit.ly/gbfoconnor

Linda Grant, 17.15-18.15 Saturday

Linda Grant: In Conversation 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 tickets: Bit.ly/gbfgrant

Billy Bragg, 20.00-21.15 Saturday

Billy Bragg on Activism: Billy Bragg comes 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 tickets: Bit.ly/gbfbragg

For Kids

Onjali Q Rauf, Primary Schools Day, Friday

Onjali Q Rauf will be talking about her award-winning book, “The Boy at the Back of the Class” during our Primary Schools Day for Greenwich school children. Primary Schools Day is free for all participating schools and children. 

Dapo Adeola, 10.00-10:50 Saturday

Look Up! With Dabo Adeola: Meet illustrator Dapo Adeola and hear all about his brand-new picture book Look Up!, written by Nathan Bryon. Look Up! stars Rocket, a science-mad chatterbox who wants to be the greatest astronaut that ever lived, but she needs to convince everyone around her to look up from their phones first. Get ready to join an interactive workshop featuring storytelling, top facts and your chance to try your hand at out-of-this-world drawing with Dapo! Ages 4+ For tickets: Bit.ly/gbflookup

Axel Scheffler, 11.00-12.00 Saturday

Kindness with Axel Scheffler, illustrator of the Gruffalo: Join bestselling illustrator Axel Scheffler for storytelling, live drawing and fun. Illustrator of The GruffaloStick ManZog and many more family favourites, Axel will read stories and draw many of his much-loved characters. He will also share his new book, “Kind,” a book about kindness illustrated by him and 38 top children’s book illustrators. £1 from every copy of Kind is donated to Three Peas charity who provide support for refugees.Ages 5+ For tickets: Bit.ly/gbfaxel

Roald Dahl Rotsome & Repulsant Words, 12.30-13.30 Saturday

Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words: Calling all human beans! Join word wizards Sara-Jane Arbury and Katie Balson to gobblefunk with Roald Dahl’s redunculously rude and rotsome words! Learn how to curse like a giant and insult like a Trunchbull! Oodles of foulsome fun with wacky words, mouth manglers, explosive expletives, shouting matches and whizzpopping poppyrot! This event is sure to be unmissable for any Roald Dahl fans. Ages 6+  For tickets: Bit.ly/gbfdahl

Cressida Cowell, 14.30-15.30 Sunday

Dragons and Wizards with Cressida Cowell: Meet multi-million-copy selling, award-winning author Cressida Cowell, creator of the How to Train Your Dragon (also a DreamWorks film and TV franchise) and The Wizards of Once series. Cressida will talk about her latest book, The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic, give a preview of the next book in the series due in September, as well as the How to Train Your Dragon series. She’ll also explainher inspiration and give tips on becoming an author or illustrator. Ages 8+For tickets: Bit.ly/gbfcowell

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