Michael Rosen, Antonia Fraser and Michael Palin will be among the authors appearing at this year’s Daunt Books Festival.
The two-days of celebration and inspiration for writers and readers, designed to showcase that a bookshop is a means of creating a community, will be held on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March.
Rosen and translator Anthea Bell will be talking to the Guardian’s Children’s Books editor Julia Eccleshare about “Emil and the Detectives & Other German Children’s Classics”. Writer and historian Fraser will discuss her new memoir, My History (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), with biographer and journalist Valerie Grove, while Palin will be talking to Daunt Books’ Brett Wolstencraft about the power of place for the festival’s finale.
Other highlights of the festival include The Establishment author Owen Jones in conversation with political and architectural writer Owen Hatherley and young adult author Robert Muchamore talking to children’s novelist and literary critic Philip Womack in the festival’s first young adult event. Once again, writer, bookseller and blogger Emily Rhodes will lead a walking book club, this time discussing Barbara Comyns’ Our Spoons Came from Woolworths during a stroll around Regent’s Park.
Food and drink will be provided by local independent establishments Rococo, La Fromagerie, The Ginger Pig, The Monocle Cafe and Honey &Co. The festival will also feature performances by students from the nearby Royal Academy of Music.
Tickets for the festival are available to buy now on Daunt Books’ website, where the full festival programme can also be found.