London Book & Screen Week is here!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016: Chris Riddell, Marian Keyes, Cassandra Clare, Rhianna Pratchett, Sathnam Sanghera, Ben Judah, Nikesh Shukla, William Shakespeare and more headline the annual celebration

BAFTA, Second Home, Good Housekeeping, Waterstones, 19 Princelet St, Polari, Café 1001Maximum Pop! Books, Orbital Comics and Leicester Square Theatre unveiled as  key partners for the 2016 programme


London Book & Screen Week (11 – 17 April, 2016) has unveiled the highlights of its second year of programming, revealing an eclectic array of events all over the capital in a seven day celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire.

International bestselling author, Marian Keyes, joins Good Housekeeping in conversation on her latest collection of essays: Making it up as I go along, while children’s laureate, Chris Riddell, headlines a London Book & Screen Week Sketchbook Social event alongside Sarah McIntyre, Mike Medaglia, Vanna Vinci, Martial Toledano and other special guests at Café 1001, Brick Lane.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) continue their involvement, hosting a special event to discuss the importance of storytelling in gaming, led by a panel of renowned author-gamers, including academic and children’s author Gabrielle Kent, games script writer and narrative designer Rhianna Pratchett, and journalist Leigh Alexander.

East London’s creative business hub, Second Home, is a new partner for 2016, hosting a series of events to coincide with the week, whilst acclaimed YA superstar Cassandra Clare kicks off her Lady Midnight UK tour with an extra special event with Waterstones at Leicester Square Theatre, screened live through Periscope by Maximum Pop! Books.

London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon, Polari, will return to its Soho roots, as new bar The Light Lounge hosts a special London Book & Screen Week edition of the event, featuring author Diana Souhami, playwright and actor Alexis Gregory, poet and spoken word performer Keith Jarrett and author and comedian VG Lee. Additionally, a new YA Salon will launch during the week with a special event in which beloved author of The Babysitters Club series, Ann M Martin, presents her most recent novel, How to Look for a Lost Dog, alongside author fans Holly Bourne and Laura Dockrill.

Meanwhile, London’s museum of immigration, 19 Princelet St, will host an intimate evening to spotlight the city’s breadth and depth of voice: London’s voices – life in the global city, featuring a range of speakers including Sathnam Sanghera, Ben Judah, Nikesh Shukla, Ayisha Malik, and Amanda Paul.

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 months.

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

“We are thrilled to be bringing London Book & Screen Week back for 2016 with a raft of exciting additions; London is at the centre of the creative industries, inspiring and generating some of the greatest stories ever told. The week offers an opportunity for everyone to celebrate their favourite books, films, TV shows, games and entertainment platforms. In the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s work, we look forward to working with partners across the city to create a London-wide celebration that showcases the fabulous array of writers and their work, old and new, in all its formats.  Come and join in!”

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.


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