Greenwich Book Festival

Friday 27th to Saturday 28th May 2016

Welcome to the second Greenwich Book Festival, the two-day event hosted by the University of Greenwich, under the Royal Greenwich Festivals banner. It’s Waterstones’ honour to be a part of this rapidly-growing literary initiative, still intimate in scale but grand in setting. Taking place in the historic Thameside buildings and grounds of the Old Royal Naval College and the nearby National Maritime Museum, the festival features a line-up of leading and emerging authors, participating in talks, showcases and hands-on workshops.

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The Pool Party: A showcase of women writers making a splash

With Laura Barnett, Kit De Waal, Amy Liptrot, Lisa Owens, Helen Stevenson and Claire Vaye Watkins.

The Versions of Us (Paperback)

Friday May 27 | 7.30-9.00pm

The festival hosts an evening showcase of the brightest emerging voices in women’s writing. The comperes for the evening are Sam Baker, co-founder of the-pool.com and author of The Woman Who Ran and The Bookseller’s Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of Waterstones-favourite, the unflinching memoir, The Last Act Of Love.

Contributing writers:

A bar will be serving drinks from 6.30-9.30pm and there will be opportunities to buy the books and have them signed during the evening.

Tickets: £11 (£10 Greenwich card holders, NMM members, Thames Clipper ticket holders)


You're A Bad Man, Mr Gum, with Andy Stanton

You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! - Mr Gum 1 (Paperback)

Saturday 28th May | 10.30-11.30am | Ages 7+

Children's author Andy Stanton delights children – and their parents - with endlessly inventive, hilarious and madcap events.

You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! is the first book in the internationally best-selling series by Andy Stanton, which has won everything from the Blue Peter Book Award (twice) to the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Red House Children’s Book Award. This year celebrates the 10 th anniversary of its first publication.

‘Worryingly splendid.’ The Guardian

Tickets £6 (£5 Greenwich Card holders, NMM members, those journeying with Thames Clippers)


Victorian Murder and Morality

Kate Summerscale and Bruce Robinson in conversation

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer (Hardback)

Saturday 28th May | 6pm-7pm | Ages 16+ 

Why do Victorian murders still fascinate us, asks University of Greenwich criminologist Michael Fiddler?

In The Wicked Boy, the latest book from the Samuel Johnson Prizewinning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale uncovers a fascinating true story of murder and morality, with two young boys at its centre. 

In the Samuel Johnson Prize longlisted They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper, film director, screenwriter and author Bruce Robinson, best known for Withnail and I, conducts an obsessive re-examination of London’s most notorious unsolved murder mystery, concluding that he both knows who Jack the Ripper was and why the authorities protected him.

Tickets £6 (£5 Greenwich Card holders, NMM members, those journeying with Thames Clippers)


Saturday Indie Night

The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise (Paperback)

Saturday 28th May | 6-9.30pm | Ages 16+

6pm Hear leading Black, Asian and Middle-Eastern authors Alex Wheatle, Yvvette Edwards, Catherine Johnson and Irenosen Okojie discussing why publishing needs more diverse storytelling.

7pm Cult fiction writers Paul Ewen and Adam Biles take you inside the minds of characters who see the world differently.

8pm Post-punk icon Brix Smith-Start discusses her bold new memoir The Rise, The Fall and The Rise.

9.30pm All head to the pub for the Galley Beggar/Influx Press lock-in.

Tickets for individual events, £6 (£5 Greenwich Card holders, NMM members, those journeying with Thames Clippers)