The 5th London Book & Screen Week (LBSW) will look behind the scenes of Grantchester, dive into the tumultuous lives of Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria, and move from the YA fiction of Holly Bourne to the recipes of Honey & Co, the best of Romantic Comedy to the billion dollar business of modest fashion.
London’s biggest celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire – produced by The London Book Fair– today announces a wide-ranging programme that will once again bring together readers, writers, game, film and TV fans for events across the creative capital of the world.
As the much-anticipated Grantchester returns to our screens, the festival brings together LBSW Ambassador James Runcie, author of the novels behind the popular TV series (The Grantchester Mysteries) and Daisy Coulam, Grantchester’s lead script writer, to discuss the charms of crimefighting clergy, on-set antics, and the fascinating elements of creating a popular period drama in an event hosted by Reverend Richard Coles (BBC1 The Painting Challenge, QI, Have I Got News For You).
The acclaimed historian Lucy Worsley will discuss her major new biography Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother at LBSW. From passionate princess to remarkably successful queen, this royal affair will explore the defining moments of Queen Victoria’s life, and how she invented a new role for the monarchy.
The Oxford University historian and literary critic Dr Michele Mendelssohn and journalist and author Paul Burston will get together ahead of St Patrick’s Day to mark the enduring appeal of one of the world’s most infamous literary figures – Oscar Wilde. Mendelssohn will discuss her critically acclaimed biography, Making Oscar Wilde, offering fascinating new insights into the early career of the Irish eccentric who would become a cultural icon, and examining how he built his reputation against a backdrop of sensation-hungry Victorian journalism, sex scandals and racial controversies. This will be followed by a look at his final years, in disgraced exile, with a screening of Rupert Everett’s biopic The Happy Prince.
The food duo behind the award-winning Honey & Co comes to LBSW to share a trick or two and talk about their critically acclaimed book At Home: Middle Eastern Recipes from our Kitchen.
To find out more, and book event tickets, visit www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk. This
year’s events are sponsored by Indonesia Market Focus.