Audible has been announced as the sponsor of London Book & Screen Week 2016.
The capital’s seven-day city-wide celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire takes place next week from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th April. Now in its second year, it is produced by, and coincides with, The London Book Fair, offering people the chance to experience the vibrancy of the creative industries through discussions, debates, parties and special film showings.
London Book & Screen Week 2016 held a special VIP launch last night at Second Home in Shoreditch - also the home of designer bookshop Libreria - where director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, Jacks Thomas announced Audible as its sponsor and Shamim Sharif, author scriptwriter and director of Despite The Falling Snow, was the special guest speaker.
Thomas commented: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Audible.com as we gear up for the second year of London Book & Screen Week. Audible is the leading voice in delivering choice to story loving consumers and it is both apt and brilliant to have their support.”
Tracey Markham, country manager at Audible.co.uk, said: “We passionately believe in the power of a great story, told by a great voice. So we are thrilled to be supporting London Book & Screen Week as it hosts some brilliant authors and filmmakers speaking about what inspires them at events across London.”
Last year's masthead sponsor was Weidenfeld & Nicolson (W&N), who were able to take advantage of exclusive branding across all online and print collateral, and special Books Are My Bag editions.
London Book & Screen Week 2016 kicks off with Cityread 2016’s opening event, sponsored by Audible.co.uk, where Kirsty Lang, Gillian Slovo, Dr Lez Henry, Ben Judah, Hardeep Singh Kohli will discuss "The written word and revolt: giving a voice to the unheard”. Other highlights include Julian Fellowes presenting his new project, Belgravia, a story published in weekly chapters on an immersive app, in a special event at The Berkeley; a celebration of storytelling in gaming at BAFTA led by academic and children’s author Gabrielle Kent, script writer Rhianna Pratchett, and journalist Leigh Alexander; international bestselling author, Marian Keyes, joining Good Housekeeping in conversation about her latest collection of essays, Making it up as I go along; Children’s Laureate and award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell hosting a London Book & Screen Week Sketchbook Social event; award-winning author and director Shamim Sarif, presenting her new film Despite the Snow Falling at the Hackney Picturehouse; London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon; and neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan and psychologist Charles Fernyhough discussing the power of our minds to create our own stories at Second Home.
The series is run in partnership with high-profile brands including London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for London.