The sun shone over book lovers of all ages during the Greenwich Book Festival in June.
With nearly 70 separate events in all, the festival took place in a variety of locations around the borough in early June and also two days at the University of Greenwich at the Old Royal Naval College on June 15-16.
Young Adult novelists Patrick Ness and Angie Thomas spoke to a full house about their two Carneige Award-nominated books and then signed books for more than an hour afterward. Nina Stibbe reminisced about her time at Thames Polytechnic– the precursor to the University of Greenwich—along with some of her former professors and classmates. Dolly Alderton and Emma Gannon discussed new ways of working in front of a sold-out audience.
Kipper the dog wandered the grounds as children and their families went to learn how to make comics from Neill Cameron or to make some unicorns with Fabi Santiago or laughed with Phlip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick.
Ged Adamson, the first Illustrator in Residence of the festival, was on hand throughout the festival to capture the action, including the mudlarking along the Thames, the Victorian architecture walk, the Trinity Laban quartet playing in the courtyard, the vintage double-decker bus serving tea on the lawn of the Old Royal Naval College and Squeeze’s Chris Difford in conversation.
University of Greenwich staff gave free public lectures on topics as diverse as the future of publishing, cookery book writing in the 17thcentury, the future of digital publishing and reading during World War II.
Greenwich Theatre hosted two days of events, including a student showcase featuring plays by creative writing students on Friday, and historic plays about the suffragette movement on Saturday.
The book festival also went on the road this year, bringing events to other parts of Greenwich. Charlton Lido played host to a discussion on books about swimming with four authors. Author Ciara Flood visited Woolwich Library and Blackheath Library and made walruses with toddlers. Thomas Tallis School and John Roan School welcomed Muhammad Khan, who spoke to their students about his new novel, “I Am Thunder.”
The fifth Greenwich Book Festival will be back in June 2019, with the main festival on Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th, as well as pre-festival events in a variety of locations.