Full programme announced
If you’re not spending the last weekend of June in the company of literary legends, then we suggest you rearrange your plans. On Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July, there’s a book festival like no other taking place, and it’s all happening right on your doorstep in Queen’s Park. Sponsored by our very own Parkheath Estate Agents. Picture 90 authors, more than 40 events and an unbeatable line-up of debates, workshops and family-friendly activities – the Queen’s Park Book Festival is back!
And if you think the book festival is all about, well, books, think again. This year, experience the worlds of politics, poetry, cookery, sport and music join together across the weekend. With such a full schedule, it’ll be tough to pack it all in. But don’t worry, we’ve rounded up our highlights for you:
For the bookworms
With so many authors taking part, from award-winning novelists to fresh new talent, it’d be wrong not to start with the books. Over the weekend, there’ll be the chance to hear readings and talks from the wordsmiths behind those unputdownable classics. From historical fiction to gripping crime thrillers, every genre is covered. In the top-billed event of the weekend, literary icons and locals to the area, Zadie Smith and Nick Laird will join critic John Mullan to discuss their lives in writing. And better yet, you’ll get to hear a snippet of their new works. Be sure to check out the full schedule.
For those in-the-know
Former Tory MP and local resident Stanley Johnson will appear alongside his author and presenter daughter Rachel Johnson to talk all things politics and TV. They’ll delve into how the two have become an entertaining double act, from Jeremy Corbyn appearing on Gogglebox to the rise of MPs on Strictly Come Dancing.
We’ll also be trying to nab tickets for Bad Girls and Brave Women: reflections on a Centenary, a special event chaired by journalist and author Melissa Benn. To celebrate 100 years since (some) women won the right to vote, Baroness Shami Chakrabati, journalist and author Caitlin Davies and author Rachel Holmes will look back at the history of women and politics in Britain.
For the foodies
Award-winning author and restaurateur Russell Norman of Polpo will interview fellow chef Girgio Locatelli, to discuss his passion for cookery and more importantly, uncover the secrets behind his latest recipes.
Plus there’s a bonus event that has piqued our interest. Author and wine consultant Peter Stafford-Bow and journalist and author Adrian Tierney Jones will host a literary beer and wine tasting. Perfect for those who like to wash down their fiction with a tipple or two.
For the film fanatics
If you’re all talk-ed out, head along to the screening of 1931’s Frankenstein, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s cult classic. It’ll be followed by a Q&A with John Sutherland, author of Frankenstein’s Brain: Puzzles and Conundrums in Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Masterpiece.
Tickets are available now. See the full programme for event prices, times and locations.