David Nicholls, one of the UK’s leading figures in literature, TV and film, has been announced as Ambassador for this year’s London Book & Screen Week (13-19 March 2017), the capital’s biggest ever celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire.
Now in its third year, the seven day festival continues to gain momentum and David Nicholls, whose own career spans bookseller, scriptwriter and bestselling novelist, will champion the specially curated programme of events taking place across London – the creative capital of the world. As a scriptwriter, Nicholls’ TV credits include episodes of Cold Feet for ITV and a much-praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing, an adaptation of Tess of the d'Urbervilles and original contemporary drama The 7.39, all for the BBC. As an award-winning novelist, he has written four books including bestsellers Starter For Ten and One Day (Hodder and Stoughton), both of which he adapted himself for screen. Other titles include The Understudy and most recently Us (Hodder). Nicholls is also the screenwriter behind the star-studded 2015 adaptation of Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd featuring Carey Mulligan.
Drawing on the UK’s rich heritage as an artistic powerhouse, highlights from this year’s line-up include events marking the 20th Anniversary of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and Jane Austen’s bicentenary. Produced by The London Book Fair, one of the most important dates in the global publishing calendar, the festival will have a truly international feel reflecting the best literature produced around the world from Ireland to India, Poland to the Baltics.
London Book & Screen Week merges a vibrant series of specially curated events, with an open-sourced strand of activities that anyone can submit to online via www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk. The seven day festival is run in partnership 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.
To find out more, visit www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk.