A Sneak Preview of GBF 2018

The Greenwich Book Festival sails into town for the fourth year in June with a programme that will appeal to all book lovers, no matter what age. Authors joining us include YA stars Patrick Ness and Angie Thomas, Dolly Alderton, Mick Herron, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Blake Morrison, Lissa Evans, Nina Stibbe, Toby Litt, Alexandra Heminsley, Diana Evans, Chris Difford, Philip Ardagh, Eley Williams, Bryony Gordon, Okido, John Crace and Alex Pheby.

The festival promises two full days of literary events on June 15-16 for children and adults, which will showcase a huge range of fiction, non-fiction, short story and poetry events, primarily at the University of Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College headquarters. The festival also will feature a playwriting programme at Greenwich Theatre featuring new dramas about the suffragette movement and feminism.

This year for the first time, GBF will have its own Illustrator in Residence. Children’s author and illustrator Ged Adamson, who lives in Greenwich, will create work inspired by events and people throughout the festival. Children will be able to make their own rainbows at a workshop with him, based on his new book, Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed). For tickets, go to: bit.ly/gbfrainbow

Fancy a swim followed by a book discussion? On Thursday, June 14, you can do that at an event at the Charlton Lido with Alexandra Heminsley (Leap In), Jenny Landreth (Swell), Joe Minihane (Floating) and Libby Page (The Lido). For tickets, go to: bit.ly/gbflido

Does your child want to learn how to make comics? That can be done with Neill Cameron on Saturday, 16 June at 2 p.m. For tickets, go to: bit.ly/gbfcomics18

Would you like to take a walking tour around Greenwich and learn about Victorian London? You can with author Christopher Winn, author of the “I Never Knew That About London” on Friday, 15 June at 10:30 a.m. For tickets, go to bit.ly/gbfvictour

Best-selling author Blake Morrison, a proud South Londoner, will be at the festival to discuss his new novel, The Executor, a tale of a man who unexpectedly has to fulfil his role as executor to his friend, a poet. He’ll be at the festival on Friday, 15 June.

More than 300 students from Greenwich primary schools will be participating again in our Schools Day programme on June 15th, at no cost to their schools or parents. Local author and illustrator Gary Northfield will be delighting children with tales from his “Julius Zebra” series.

This is just a small sample of the amazing events we’ll have on offer at our festival. To see a full list of all the events at Greenwich Book Festival, click here for our Eventbrite page.

Greenwich Book Festival, which prides itself on being named one of the friendliest literary festivals, has a rich mix of programming, with both low-cost and free events.  The festival is moving to expand beyond its main site at the University of Greenwich, with events planned at the Charlton Lido, a pre-festival event for toddlers at Greenwich libraries, as well as taking an author to local secondary schools.

The Greenwich Book Festival, hosted by the University of Greenwich, is part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals programme.  For more information or to book tickets, go to www.greenwichbookfest.com. Follow the festival on Twitter at @grebookfest, on Facebook at GreenwichBookFest and on Instagram at GreenwichBookFestival.


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