Authors including John Banville [pictured], Deborah Moggach and Louisa Young will take part in the inaugural London Book & Screen Week (LBSW).
The London Book Fair will run the celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and the virtual worlds they have inspired from 13th to 19th April with the Mayor’s official promotional company for London, London & Partners, as a strategic partner.
Banville will be in conversation with Stephen Brown, who directed the film adaptation of Banville’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Sea (Picador), followed by a screening of the film on Sunday 19th April. Moggach, author of Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Vintage), will talk to fellow author Young in an event presented by Good Housekeeping on Tuesday 14th April, when she is also the LBF Author of the Day.
Other highlights from the week include a New Writers Evening on Monday 13th April, the announcement of the shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 on Thursday 16th April and an Indie Author Fringe Fest on Friday 17th April, all being held at Foyles Charing Cross.
Former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne will attend a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland on Saturday 18th April. Harper Voyager publisher Jane Johnson will chair a Guardian Masterclass on “How to Write Fantasy and Dystopian Fiction” featuring authors Joe Abercrombie, Peter V Brett, and Francesca Haig.
Sarah Hall, one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists, will talk about her new book The Wolf Border (Faber & Faber) on Tuesday 14th, while novelist Patricia Duncker will talk about her new Victorian novel, Sophie and The Sibyl (Bloosmbury), on Wednesday 15th April.
Other events taking place throughout the week include; an event presented by spoken word salon Pin Drop sponsored by Audible.co.uk. at Soho House; a literary death match with a “movie special” theme; and courses on ghostwriting and writing and illustrating children’s story books.
Jacks Thomas, director of the London Book Fair and LBSW, says: “We are delighted to announce such an exciting and varied line-up for our first ever London Book & Screen Week. This special programme of events celebrates the written word in all its glory. There really is something for everyone.”