When is The Big Book Weekend?
The Big Book Weekend takes place from May 8 to 10, and is available to stream online.
The event is being hosted by MyVLF.com, an online book festival site, where it will be hosted for those planning to be part of it.
It has been co-founded by the authors Kit de Waal and Molly Flatt, is supported by the BBC and Arts Council England.
All about The Big Book Weekend
Who is taking part in The Big Book Weekend?
On May 8, the event will be kicked off by an “in conversation” event where journalist Damian Barr speaks with British author Maggie O’Farrell.
Later in the day is a conversation with children’s author Michael Morpurgo, Peep Show’s Robert Webb and Terry Waite CBE, who worked as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s special envoy in the 1980s.
May 9 sees science fiction writer Neil Gaiman in conversation, as well as Villanelle writer Luke Jennings, whose work has been adapted into the famous TV series Killing Eve.
As well as this, Marian Keyes and Catherine Mayer will speak in a panel conversation about women in literature.
The final day of the festival, May 10, begins with an interview with lyricist Sir Tim Rice, and a performance of a children’s book by Will Mallard.
Juno Dawson and Patrick Ness are then in conversation with YA writer Katherine Webber, before Booker Prize winner Bernadine Evaristo is interviewed to bring the festival to a close.
Here is the full programme:
10am – Maggie O’Farrell and Damian Barr – in conversation
11am – Alexander McCall Smith – performance
12pm – Sue Stuart-Smith with Marian Boswall – interview
1pm – Laura Lam and Temi Oh with Nicole Brandon – panel
2pm – Jill Calder – interactive
Michael Morpurgo is among contributors
3pm – Michael Morpurgo with Clare Mulley – interview
4pm – Robert Webb with Alex Clark – in conversation
5pm – Kate Williams with Jenni Calder – interview
6pm – Terry Waite CBE with Tony Gallienne – interview
7pm – Rick Stroud – performance
10am – Adam Kucharski with Tim Hubbard – interview
11am – Paul Muldoon, Lucy Caldwell and Glenn Patterson with Marie-Louise Muir – panel
12pm – Neil Gaiman with Sam Weller – in conversation
Sir Tim Rice
1pm – Hafsah Aneela Bashir – performance
2pm – Samantha Miles and Rachel Falber – interactive
3pm – Louise Hare and Beth Morrey with Sue Wall – panel
4pm – Phil Cartwright with Fran Richards – interview
5pm – Luke Jennings with Sarah Hilary – interview
6pm – Marian Keyes and Catherine Mayer – interview
10am – Sir Tim Rice and Daniel Hahn – interview
11am – Bidisha, Luan Goldie and Zoe Lambert with Joelle Taylor – panel
Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer, which is based on Luke Jennings’ books
12pm – AL Kennedy with Ailsa Cox – interview
1pm – Kia Abdullah and Abir Mukherjee – in conversation
2pm – Will Millard – performance
3pm – Jane Casey, Liz Nugent, Gary Donnelly and Alan Judd with Paul Waters – panel
4pm – Juno Dawson and Patrick Ness with Katherine Webber – in conversation
5pm – Jackie Kay, Adjoa Andoh and Isabel Greenberg with Cathy Newman – panel
6pm – Bernardine Evaristo with Mairi Kidd – in conversation
The festivals which have joined up with The Big Book Weekend include Cymera: Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing, Guernsey Literary Festival and the Primadonna Festival, as well as special programming from the Big Book Weekend festival itself.
The Big Book Weekend comes online on May 8-10