London Book & Screen Week reveals 2018 line-up

London Book & Screen Week reveals 2018 line-up

The London Book & Screen Week line-up has been revealed and includes a screening of Jojo Moyes' "Me Before You", an evening to celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein, and a sing-along screening of "Mary Poppins".

The festival will run from 9th to 15th April and will pay homage to "great book adaptations".

As the UK marks the centenary of the women's vote, the festival will host a special screening of "Suffragette" with Dr Helen Pankhurst, the great-grandaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst. She will discuss women's rights then and now and how far we've come in the last 100 years.

The week will also include a sing-along screening of "Mary Poppins", giving guests the chance to don a sash and join the chorus of "Sister Suffragette" with on-screen activist Mrs Winifred Banks.

Moyes, the ambassador for London Book & Screen Week, will be in conversation about her life and work ahead of a screening of "Me Before You", which she adapted for film in 2016. Starring Sam Clafin and Emilia Clarke. The film became a huge box-office success, grossing over $200m worldwide. The novel has since sold more than 12 million copies.

Frankenstein: The Reincarnations will bring together biographer Fiona Sampson with novelist Nick Harkaway to discuss Mary Shelley and the enduring appeal of her iconic work which celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018. The talk will be followed by a screening of Kenneth Branagh's 1994 adaptation starring Robert de Niro, Tom Hulce and Helena Bonham Carter.

The launch night on the 9th April at Soho House, central London, will host the return of the Creativity Across Media: Entertainment & Originality Awards (CAMEO) for their second year, and award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari will also return for a London Book & Screen Week special at the Light Lounge.

Jacks Thomas, director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, said this year's line-up "demonstrates the range and depth of London’s creative talent". She added: "In this centenary year, we are delighted to showcase so many oustanding female writers whose work continues to be iconic and influential around the world."

Produced by The London Book Fair, London Book & Screen Week is a seven-day, citywide festival celebrating books and the films, games, plays and TV programmes they inspire. More information is available on the London Book & Screen Week website.