As Kew Gardens grows its literary presence, London Book & Screen Week announces Write on Kew sponsorship

London Book & Screen Week – the capital’s biggest ever celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire – has today revealed it will sponsor Write on Kew in its inaugural year.

Beginning this Thursday, Write on Kew is Kew Gardens’ first-ever literary festival with over 80 events across all genres, from fiction to science, children’s to cookery. Over four days, from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 September, the glorious grounds of Kew are set to host an array of world-renowned authors, including Margaret Atwood, Louis de Bernières, A S Byatt, Bill Bryson, and The London Book Fair ‘Author of the Day’ alumni: David Nicholls, Claire Tomalin, Deborah Moggach, Judith Kerr and Michael Frayn.

Growing its year-round presence on the London literary scene and further strengthening its links to authors, the new deal sees London Book & Screen Week sponsor the authors’ Green Room, while supporting a festival appearance from the much loved children’s author, Judith Kerr.

London Book & Screen Week made a splash when it debuted earlier this year, with over 140 events taking place citywide across seven days. Event submissions for London Book & Screen Week 2016 (11-17 April) are now open online at www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk, with the programme set to return bigger, bolder and better than ever.

The event series is produced by The London Book Fair, one of the most important events in the publishing calendar, attended by more than 25,000 book industry professionals from around the world.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, said: “Write on Kew is a welcome addition to the London literary scene, bringing book lovers together in a celebration of imagination, creativity and culture, something that fits very closely with the ethos for London Book & Screen Week. We’re thrilled to be supporting the event in its debut year by sponsoring the author area and supporting a special event with Judith Kerr, which is sure to be a delight; it gives us a wonderful moment to offer our support to another new event in the capital, while reminding everyone that London Book & Screen Week 2016 is just around the corner.”

Adam Farrar, Event Director of Write on Kew, said: “We are delighted to receive this support from London Book & Screen Week in our inaugural year of Write on Kew. Books stimulate the imagination and take us to new and unexpected places; so it feels fitting to host such a festival at Kew – a science institution and botanic garden – where we hope to provide a new London platform for debate, discovery, creativity and a flow of ideas.”

For further information please visit www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk and keep up with the latest news on Twitter @LBandSW.

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For further information on London Book & Screen Week, contact Christopher Bone at FMcM Associates on 0207 4057422 or chrisb@fmcm.co.uk

For further information on Write on Kew, please visit http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/write-on-kew

ABOUT LONDON BOOK & SCREEN WEEK
London Book & Screen Week 2016 is a seven day, citywide celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire. Produced by The London Book Fair (see below), the landmark event series brings storytelling and the written word to life, uniting the capital’s avid readers, writers, game, film and TV fans with a diverse range of events taking place across literary London. Now in its second year, the event continues to grow in scale and impact.

ABOUT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR
The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every Spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the second year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a five day programme.

For further information, please visit:www.londonbookfair.co.uk

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