New events added to London Book & Screen Week

Julian Fellowes, Rosa Hoskins, Jill Dawson and Shamim Sarif added to line-up, while The Berkeley, Soho House and Fashion on Screen announced as new partners and venues

London Book & Screen Week (11 – 17 April, 2016) announced four new events and an abundance of new partners to round out this year’s programme, which takes place over the capital in a seven day celebration of books and the films, TV and virtual worlds they inspire.

Julian Fellowes will present his new project, Belgravia, his new story published in weekly chapters on a ground-breaking, immersive app, in a special event at The Berkeley. Author of several Sunday Times best-selling novels, screenwriter for the Oscar-winning Gosford Park and The Young Victoria, and creator, writer and executive producer of the multiple award-winning British television series Downton Abbey, he will be in conversation with Jessica Fellowes, author of the official Downton Abbey companion books, about his life and exciting new project.

At Soho House, Dean Street, Rosa Hoskins will discuss her memoir, It’s All Going Wonderfully Well, with Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, film editor at Metro.  The book is a revealing portrait of one of the country’s best-loved actors, Bob Hoskins, and a moving story of a close bond between father and daughter. The event will run in partnership with leading events and documentary production company, Fashion on Screen.

Meanwhile, award-winning author and director, Shamim Sarif, presents her new film Despite the Snow Falling, alongside executive producer Hanan Kattan, and in conversation with Vanity Fair’s associate editor and London correspondent Bridget Arsenault. Based on Sarif’s book of the same name, and starring Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible), the film is a breathtaking story of love and betrayal in Soviet Russia. Sarif is the only British author to adapt her own novels for screen and direct the film herself.


London Book & Screen Week has teamed up with some of the capital’s highest-profile brands, including London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for London, which attracts businesses and visitors to the capital and operates, the official city guide for London. London & Partners works to attract leisure and business visitors to London, as well as new businesses and major events.

Director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, Jacks Thomas, said:

“Having already announced a stellar line-up of events for London Book & Screen Week 2016, these new events are icing on the cake, adding even more to the line-up, offering a programme that speaks to the breadth of London’s creative talent and the central role books play in our culture. The week gives an opportunity for everyone to celebrate their favourite books, films, TV shows, games and entertainment platforms in a range of different ways and we’re pleased to run this capital-wide celebration alongside such wonderful partners.”

The new events join an already packed programme that features Chris Riddell, Marian Keyes, Cassandra Clare, Rhianna Pratchett, Sathnam Sanghera, and Nikesh Shukla, with partners including BAFTA, Second Home, Good Housekeeping, Waterstones, 19 Princelet St, Polari, Café 1001,Maximum Pop! Books, Orbital Comics and Leicester Square Theatre (full programme details below). Meanwhile, the programme, which includes an open source strand of events that anyone can participate in and submit to, will continue to grow over the coming weeks.

With publishing now worth an estimated £4.3bn to the UK economy, the festival draws the spotlight on the critical role books play in our creative industries and the breadth of inspiration they spark. The event series is produced by, and coincides with, The London Book Fair (12-14 April), offering people all over London the chance to experience its vibrancy through discussions, debates, parties and special film showings.

For further information please contact Christopher Bone or Alice Dewing at FMcM Associates: / or call 0207 405 7422.


London Book & Screen Week is a seven day, citywide celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire. Produced by The London Book Fair (see above), the landmark event series brings storytelling and the written word to life, uniting the capital’s avid readers, writers, game, film and TV fans with a diverse range of events taking place across literary London. Now in its second year, the event continues to grow in scale and impact.


London & Partners is the official promotional company for London. We promote London and attract businesses, events, congresses, students and visitors to the capital. Our aims are to build London’s international reputation and to attract investment and visitor spend, which create jobs and growth. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and our network of commercial partners.

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