David Nicholls has been announced as ambassador for this year’s London Book and Screen Week, taking place 13th-19th March 2017.
London Book and Screen Week is a seven-day festival celebrating books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire, produced by the London Book Fair. This year will see events marking the 20th Anniversary of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and Jane Austen’s bicentenary.
Nicholls will champion the specially curated programme of events taking place across London in his role as ambassador. As a scriptwriter, his TV credits include episodes of "Cold Feet" for ITV and a 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 a 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.
Nicholls said: “London Book and Screen Week brings together so many of the things I love - in a week-long celebration of the pleasures that the page and screen bring us – in a city that I love. What a great idea to celebrate books and screen in a single festival in this way to coincide with London Book Fair. I’m absolutely delighted to be this year’s ambassador as it celebrates the riches not just of UK generated talent, past, present and future but talent from around the world. I encourage everyone to take part, not only by attending events but by adding their own events to the open-source website.”
Jacks Thomas, director of The London Book Fair, said: “Books are the inspiration for so much of the global entertainment industry whether films, games, apps or TV series – all adapted from their pages. What better way to celebrate than with London Book and Screen week, an event which brings together the creators from across the genres in a single festival organised to coincide with London Book Fair.
"This is the one week of the year the creative capital of the world opens its doors to publishers, creators and other content professionals from across the globe and for audiences in London to attend and participate in a diverse and exciting programme of events to reflect that.”
London Book and Screen Week is run in partnership with brands including London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for London, which operates VisitLondon.com, the official city guide for London.