Date of release: Monday, May 15, 2017

Book FestivalLiterature bursts into life at the Greenwich Book Festival over the next bank holiday weekend with two days of discovery for adults and children.

Well-known and debut authors, workshops, walks, food stalls and quizzes are all part of the mix at the University of Greenwich's third book festival, co-organised with author and journalist Patricia Nicol, on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May.

Highlights for adults include Friday night's Pool Party, a celebration of contemporary women's writing including Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent), Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies) and Laura Barnett (The Versions of Us); Korean violinist Min Kym telling the story of her stolen Stradivarius, a walk round Greenwich with architectural writer Chris Rogers, and a tribute to the great novelist Buchi Emecheta.

Treats at the popular Children's Festival include the chance to celebrate Elmer's birthday, make comics with Neill Cameron, meet M.G.Leonard and Beetle Boy, and bring a teddy to Michelle Robinson's Bearspotting event.

Older children and young adults can catch prize-winning novelists such as Alex Wheatle (Straight Outta Crongton), Peter Bunzl (Cogheart) and Kiran Millwood Hargrave (A Girl of Ink and Stars).

Head to Greenwich Theatre's pop-up space for new drama by students and rehearsed readings of European plays.

Free events include all-day drop-in creative workshops for children, offering the chance to colour in London, draw Manga, make books and create stories about life.

There are tales from around the world including India and Botswana, sessions for aspiring writers, short stories and poetry events. Erin Kelly, Emma Flint and Ali Land are in conversation about 'Writing Grip-Lit' while memoir writers Jessica J Lee, Clover Stroud and Nell Stevens meet in 'Going to Extremes'.

Panel discussions unpick popular science writing, journalism and fiction in a post-truth world. Henry Jeffreys takes a full-bodied journey through 'Empire of Booze: A British history of alcoholic drinks', and the authors of Literary London set a quiz.

Festival co-director and novelist Alex Pheby (Playthings), who is Programme Leader of Creative Writing at the university, says: "The festival brings established and exciting new voices to Greenwich each year, and allows us to showcase students' work to the public and publishers." Alumni discovered while they were still students include the novelist Jenni Fagan and poet Filippa Bahrke.

Fellow co-director Patricia Nicol, who was Deputy Arts Editor at the Sunday Times for many years says: "This young London festival reflects the best of the city in being inclusive, welcoming and diverse."

The Greenwich Book Festival is an initiative of the university's Department of Literature, Language & Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, and part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals programme.

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