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) has announced three 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 VisitLondon.com, 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.
“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.” - Director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, Jacks Thomas
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.
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London Book & Screen Week 2016 Tent Pole Events Programme
See below for full 2016 programme, or visit www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk
Monday 11 April
Polari Soho Special
The Light Lounge, Soho (6pm)
London's award-winning LGBT literary salon goes back to its Soho roots with this special event for London Book & Screen Week. Cocktails and chat from 6pm. Readings from 7pm. Hosted by Paul Burston with readings from author Diana Souhami, playwright and actor Alexis Gregory, poet and spoken word performer Keith Jarrett and author and comedian VG Lee.
Tickets £5: http://www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk/event/polari-soho-special
All in your head - The power of your mind to create your story
Second Home, 68-80 Hanbury Street (7pm)
A conversation between neurologist and author Suzanne O’Sullivan and psychologist and writer Charles Fernyhough, chaired by BBC Click’s Bill Thompson
Tickets £10: http://www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk/event/all-in-your-head
Tuesday 12 April
Belgravia: bringing the Dickensian serial into the digital ageBerkley Ballroom, Belgravia (6pm)
Author, actor and director Julian Fellowes is in conversation with Jessica Fellowes about his life and his new story Belgravia, released over 11 weeks through an innovative new app.
Tickets £30: http://www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk/event/an-evening-with-julian-fellowes/
Good Housekeeping presents… An evening with Marian Keyes
1 Wimpole Street, Marylebone (6:30pm)
International bestselling author, Marian Keyes, joins Good Housekeeping in conversation on her latest collection of essays: Making it up as I go along.
Tickets £25: http://www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk/event/an-evening-with-marian-keyes-and-good-housekeeping/
Level Up: the power of digital storytelling
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly (7pm)
A discussion and celebration of digital storytelling led by a panel of renowned author-gamers, including academic and children’s author Gabrielle Kent, script writer Rhianna Pratchett, and journalist Leigh Alexander.
Tickets £10: http://www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk/event/level-up-gaming-writing-storytelling
YA Salon: Ann M Martin
The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker, St John Street (7pm)
Ann M Martin, bestselling author of the much-loved Baby-Sitters Club series, joins ‘superfan’ author guests, Laura Dockrill and Holly Bourne, at the launch event of a new regular YA Salon aimed at adult readers of YA books hosted by journalist Anna James. Bring your friends, come dressed in your 80s and 90s finest and hark back to the heyday of the Baby-Sitters Club with themed cocktails, trivia quizzes, book signings and more.
Tickets £10 (including a 90’s themed cocktail): http://www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk/event/YA-salon
Thursday 14 April
London’s Voices – Life in the global city
19 Princelet St, Spitalfields (7pm)
An intimate evening at London’s Museum of Immigration at 19 Princelet St, featuring readings, performances, and talks from writers including Sathnam Sanghera, Nikesh Shukla, Ayisha Malik, and Amanda Paul.
Tickets £15: http://www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk/event/londons-voices
Café 1001, Brick Lane (7pm)
Get your pencils at the ready and join us to sketch up a storm at Sketchbook Social! This special event for London Book and Screen Week is a night out with a twist: a fun, fast-paced interactive evening of drawing and doodling. Our host for the evening is Waterstones Children’s Laureate and Observer political cartoonist Chris Riddell, aka The Masked Doodler. Joining him are illustrators Vanna Vinci from Italy, Mike Medaglia who draws for The Huffington Post and The Elephant Journal, award-winning children’s illustrator and founder of the ‘Pictures Mean Business’ campaign Sarah McIntyre and Martial Toledano from Spain - as well as a few surprise guests.
Friday 15 April
Growing Up With Bob Hoskins - Rosa Hoskins discusses her moving memoir
Soho House, Dean St (5pm)
Remembering the times they shared together, join Rosa Hoskins in conversation with Larushka Ivan-Zadeh about her memoir, It’s All Going Wonderfully Well, a revealing portrait of one of the country’s best-loved actors, and a moving story of a close bond between father and daughter.
Tickets £20: http://www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk/event/growing-up-with-bob-hoskins/
Saturday 16 April
Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight tour launch
Leicester Square Theatre (11am)
Cassandra Clare presents Lady Midnight, the first book in a new series set in the Shadowhunters world, The Dark Artifices. Cassandra will talk all things Shadowhunters, including the new Netflix series, with journalist Anna James, followed by the chance for fans to meet Cassandra in person, while enjoying body-art rune painting, mini makeovers and a Shadowhunter selfie scene.
SOLD OUT but look out for a chance to win tickets at www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk, plus the event will be streamed via Periscope in partnership with Maximum Pop! Books.
Sunday 17 April
Picturehouse Hackney, 270 Mare St (3pm)
Special screening of Despite the Falling Snow, with Q&A
Sit back and enjoy this breathtaking story of love and betrayal in Soviet Russia starring Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible), with title song by Ella Henderson and score by Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman (Emma, Chocolate). The film will be followed an exclusive Q&A with Shamim Sarif, the author, scriptwriter and director of the film, and the executive producer Hanan Kattan, in conversation with Vanity Fair's associate editor and London correspondent Bridget Arsenault, plus a special guest to be announced.