About Us

Greenwich Book Festival was founded in 2015, and is hosted by the University of Greenwich in the historic buildings and grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, on the banks of the River Thames.

The festival is supported by Royal Borough of Greenwich under their Royal Greenwich Festivals banner.

Intimate in scale, grand in setting, the Festival aims to give audiences a unique opportunity to hear from the authors they admire, and we’d love them to discover new literary experiences too.

We are proud of our creative writing strand and programming to appeal to diverse local audiences, including a showcase for local authors, University of Greenwich students, and the chance for emerging writers to pitch their work to a panel of editors. We also run a number of free creative and writing workshops.

Thanks to the support and sponsorship of the University of Greenwich and Royal Borough of Greenwich, we are proud to offer an appearance fee to all the authors who so generously give their time to appear at the festival.

Festival Founders and Co-Directors are:

Alex Pheby, Creative Writing Programme Leader, University of Greenwich (Department of Literature, Language and Theatre) and Galley Beggar Press author

Patricia Nicol, Arts Journalist and Vintage author

Auriol Bishop, Creative Director at Hodder & Stoughton

We all work on the festival in addition to our day-jobs.

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