Crime-fighting clergy, Victorian sex scandals, and the trailblazing Queen Victoria – London Book & Screen Week returns for vibrant 5th year

James Runcie, Holly Bourne, Lucy Worsley, Dian Pelangi, Sarah Morgan, Nicola Cornick and Dr Michèle Mendelssohn lead festival line-up

The 5th London Book & Screen Week (LBSW) will look behind the scenes of Grantchester, dive into the tumultuous lives of Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria, and move from the YA fiction of Holly Bourne to the recipes of Honey & Co, the best of Romantic Comedy to the billion dollar business of modest fashion.

London’s biggest celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire – produced by The London Book Fair– today announces a wide-ranging programme that will once again bring together readers, writers, game, film and TV fans for events across the creative capital of the world.

As the much-anticipated Grantchester returns to our screens, the festival brings together LBSW Ambassador James Runcie, author of the novels behind the popular TV series (The Grantchester Mysteries) and Daisy Coulam, Grantchester’s lead script writer, to discuss the charms of crimefighting clergy, on-set antics, and the fascinating elements of creating a popular period drama.

The acclaimed historian Lucy Worsley will discuss her major new biography Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother at LBSW. From passionate princess to remarkably successful queen, this royal affair will explore the defining moments of Queen Victoria’s life, and how she invented a new role for the monarchy.

The Oxford University historian and literary critic Dr Michele Mendelssohn and journalist and author Paul Burston will get together ahead of St Patrick’s Day to mark the enduring appeal of one of the world’s most infamous literary figures – Oscar Wilde. Mendelssohn will discuss her critically acclaimed biography, Making Oscar Wilde, offering fascinating new insights into the early career of the Irish eccentric who would become a cultural icon, and examining how he built his reputation against a backdrop of sensation-hungry Victorian journalism, sex scandals and racial controversies. This will be followed by a look at his final years, in disgraced exile, with a screening of Rupert Everett’s biopic The Happy Prince.

The food duo behind the award-winning Honey & Co comes to LBSW to share a trick or two and talk about their critically acclaimed book At Home: Middle Eastern Recipes from our Kitchen. Attendees can try four dishes cooked up by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich at this Saturday morning food demonstration and taster session at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

Straight-talking queen of YA fiction Holly Bourne will discuss mental health, feminism and female friendship, alongside her latest novel Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

In association with the Romantic Novelists’ Association, LBSW will celebrate the very best of Rom Com on page and screen with internationally bestselling authors Sarah Morgan and Nicola Cornick. Join them for a sparkling discussion and film screening.

Polari, London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon, returns to Soho for LBSW. Hosted by Paul Burston, the event will feature readings and performances from VG Lee, Keith Jarrett, Angela Clerkin and Ian Elmslie.

Plus, a fascinating event on the rise of modest fashion with designer and author of Hijab Street Style and Brain, Beauty, Belief, Dian Pelangi; Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion, UAL, Reina Lewis; director and co-founder of Ayah – a modest fashion consultancy, Kulsum Patel; and couturier, Raishma Islam.

“With James Runcie at the helm, London Book & Screen Week promises a fabulous and entertaining programme. Whether it is cookery or crime that gets you turning the page, or drama – historical or contemporary – that has you glued to the screen, there is something for everyone who is interested in the talent and the story behind these bestselling books. Come and join us in March! – Jacks Thomas Director, London Book & Screen Week

To find out more, and book event tickets, visit www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk. This year’s events are sponsored by Indonesia Market Focus.

2019 Programme Highlights

Tuesday 12th March
POLARI: LBSW SPECIAL
Light Lounge

London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon returns to Soho for LBSW. Hosted by Paul Burston with readings/performances from VG Lee, Keith Jarrett, Angela Clerkin and Ian Elmslie.

Tickets: £5 | 6:30PM | https://bit.ly/2ASgKT2

Tuesday 12th March
LOVE & LAUGHTER: CELEBRATING THE BEST OF ROM COM
The Soho Hotel, Screening Room 2

Join London Book & Screen Week for a celebration of romantic comedies on page and screen. In association with the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the evening will host a sparkling discussion with internationally bestselling authors Sarah Morgan (One Summer in Paris, HQ) and Nicola Cornick (The Woman in the Lake, HQ), followed by a film screening selected by the authors. Each ticket includes a complimentary drink on arrival.

Tickets: £25 | 6:30PM | https://bit.ly/2FBtJvD

Wednesday 13th March 2019
GRANTCHESTER: JAMES RUNCIE IN CONVERSATION WITH DAISY COULAM
The Soho Hotel, Screening Room 2

ITV’s hit drama Grantchester returns this spring, introducing a new face to the Cambridgeshire village – Reverend Will Davenport. To celebrate, London Book & Screen Week are bringing together James Runcie, author of the novels behind the popular TV series (The Grantchester Mysteries), and Daisy Coulam, Grantchester’s lead script writer, to discuss the charms of crime-fighting clergy, on-set antics, and the fascinating elements of creating a popular period drama. James will also share details of his new novel – The Road to Granchester – a captivating prequel to the treasured Grantchester series.

Tickets: £25 | 6:45PM | https://bit.ly/2HgvcKb

Thursday 14th March 2019
THE LATE, GREAT QUEEN VICTORIA. LUCY WORSLEY IN CONVERSATION WITH ROYA NIKKHAH
Covent Garden Hotel, Screening Room

Queen Victoria truly brought girl power to the British monarchy. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2019, London Book & Screen Week is delighted to welcome acclaimed historian Lucy Worsley to discuss her major new biography Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother. From passionate princess to remarkably successful queen, this royal affair will explore Queen Victoria’s defining moments, how she invented a new role for the monarchy and her lasting legacy.

Lucy will be in conversation with Royal Correspondent Roya Nikkhah, followed by a screening of Julian Fellowes’ The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend and Paul Bettany.

Ticket: £25 | 6:30PM | https://bit.ly/2FDmHGP

Thursday 14th March 2019
HOLLY BOURNE IN CONVERSATION
Covent Garden Hotel, Fortune Room

London Book & Screen Week is delighted to host an evening with Queen of YA fiction Holly Bourne, author of the award-winning Spinster Club series and bestselling adult novel How Do You Like Me Now? The straight-talking novelist will discuss mental health, feminism and female friendship alongside her latest novel Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? The book follows Olive, a girl on the edge, who sparks a grassroots campaign to spread kindness at a summer camp for teenagers.

Holly Bourne is an author and a champion for mental health charity SANE. Holly’s first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. The first book in the Spinster Club series, Am I Normal Yet?, was chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. The Spinster Club series has also inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs across the UK and Ireland. Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor of TheSite.org – a charity-run advice and information website for young people.

Ticket: £10 | 6:45PM | https://bit.ly/2MiP9PF

Thursday 14th March 2019
THE RISE OF THE MODEST REVOLUTION. DIAN PELANGI, PROFESSOR REINA LEWIS, KULSUM PATEL AND RAISHMA ISLAM IN CONVERSATION
Asia House

Modest fashion is a billion dollar global business that is now influencing the mainstream market. Brands such as Dolce & Gabbana are catering to the modest buyer, hijab-wearing models are appearing in high-profile fashion and beauty campaigns and Muslim digital influencers command as many millions of followers as their non-covered counterparts.

We are thrilled to welcome digital influencer, designer and author of Hijab Street Style and Brain, Beauty, Belief, Dian Pelangi, who is joining us from her native Indonesia for a panel discussion on the different facets of the industry. Alongside her will be Reina Lewis, Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion, UAL who has been researching and publishing on modest fashion since the mid-2000s. Kulsum Patel, director and co-founder of Ayah – a modest fashion consultancy service will also be part of the panel. Our fourth speaker will be couturier Raishma Islam, whose eponymous brand launched in 1998 and caters for both modest non-modest markets.

The discussion will centre around the rise of modest fashion, how this is affecting the fashion and publishing market – with a particular emphasis on the Indonesian market and will also look at the similarities and differences in modest fashion around the world.

Modest fashion outfits provided by the brands Raishma and Dian Pelangi will be modelled during the event.

Tickets: £10 (students free) | 6:45PM | https://bit.ly/2FmyU3s

Friday 15th March 2019
THE ENDURING APPEAL OF OSCAR WILDE. DR MICHELE MENDELSSOHN IN CONVERSATION WITH PAUL BURSTON
Groucho Club

London Book & Screen Week is going Wilde for St Patrick’s Day! Join Dr Michèle Mendelssohn, who will discuss her acclaimed new biography Making Oscar Wilde with journalist and author Paul Burston, founder of the UK’s leading LGBT literary salon, Polari. Offering an insightful new examination of Wilde’s early career, Making Oscar Wilde tells the story of a local Irish eccentric called Oscar who became a global cultural icon. Set on two continents, the book is a cultural history of sensation-hungry Victorian journalism and popular entertainment alongside racial controversies, sex scandals, and the rising power of Irish nationalism in the United States.

This conversation will be followed by a screening of the critically-acclaimed biopic The Happy Prince, starring Rupert Everett.

Dr Michèle Mendelssohn is a literary critic, cultural historian and Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. Her new book has been described as a “MUST READ” (The Sunday Times), “prodigious” (The Observer), “fascinating” (The New Yorker), “extraordinary” (The Irish Times), and “astonishing” (The Gay & Lesbian Review). The Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Times and The Advocate picked Making Oscar Wilde as one of 2018’s Best Books. It was one of The Guardian’s Best Summer Books, a Paris Review Staff Pick, and a BBC Culture top Book to Read.

Paul Burston is journalist, author and founder of the Polari Literary Salon and Polari First Book Prize. A founding editor of Attitude magazine, he has written for many publications including The Guardian, Time Out, The Times and The Sunday Times. He is the author of three books including Lovers and Losers, shortlisted for the Stonewall Award. In March 2016, he was featured in the British Council’s #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List 2016, celebrating 33 visionary people who are promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world. His new novel The Closer You Get will be published in 2019 as part of a two book deal with Orenda Press.

Tickets: £25 | 6:30PM | https://bit.ly/2TQPc7G

Saturday 16th March 2019
HONEY & CO. AT THE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE
Good Housekeeping Institute

Come and meet Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, the amazing food duo behind the award-winning Honey & Co. Hear them talk about, and learn a trick or two from, their critically acclaimed book, At Home: Middle Eastern Recipes from our Kitchen, which takes Sarit and Itamar out of the restaurant kitchen and into their flat.

Enjoy a complementary tea or coffee on arrival before watching Sarit and Itamar cook up four fantastic recipes from the book. Attendees will have an opportunity to try each of the mouthwatering dishes.

Tickets: £25 | Book & ticket: £35 | https://bit.ly/2stZJtK

 

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