Welcome to the site of the Greenwich Book Festival. We are a young London festival seeking to reflect the best of the city we see around us. So our wide-ranging programme for 26-27 May 2017 aims to be inclusive, welcoming to all ages and diverse. But also affordable – with open access to our site and free events, as part of our rich mix.

At GBF, we believe that every book is a journey of discovery. Intimate in scale, though grand in setting, our Festival aims to give audiences a unique opportunity to hear from authors they admire, but to also discover emerging voices, bold ideas and new experiences too.

So our programme includes writers you may already know and love like the multi-award-winning author of The Essex Serpent Sarah Perry, or for children the 2017 Waterstones Prize-winning Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl Of Ink and Stars, YA writer Alex Wheatle, winner of the Guardian’s Children’s Fiction Prize and MG Leonard, writer of the smash-hit Beetle Boy. But our events also range from a free showcase for pioneering African publisher Bahati Books, a Middle-Eastern storyteller recounting the tales of Rumi and the chance to attend a surgery for the Galley Beggar Short Story Prize.

We’re delighted to bring the world to Greenwich with a showcase of New European Plays at a special pop-up at Greenwich Theatre. The Korean-born violinist Min Kym will be speaking and giving a recital at St Alfege Church and a tribute to the late pioneering British-Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta, discussions about Indian literature 70 years on from Independence and debates on how we perceive truth in a post-Trump world will take place in the Old Royal Naval College. And on a lighter note, the chance to make a pirate hat with Rob Biddulph, a Bottle of Happiness with Pippa Goodhart, a monster finger-puppet with Daisy Hirst, London landmarks  with Alice Tait or do a Japanese-led origami workshop.

Plus, we have events celebrating short stories, memoirs, crime, thrillers, poetry and Quizzes for both grown-ups and their kids.

We hope to welcome you to our beautiful site, where as well as festival events, you will find a popup Waterstones, food and drink stalls and entertainment.

And remember, if you are not local, but travel to Greenwich via Thames Clipper you can buy festival tickets at the concessions rate.

A huge thank you to everyone who makes the Greenwich Book Festival possible – our visiting authors, our audience, and especially to the University of Greenwich, the Old Royal Naval College and Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The Greenwich Book Festival Team

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Blimey! All credit to Jonson, though. Sounds as though he knew how to have a good time. twitter.com/anakanaschofie…

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