Greenwich Book Festival; May 27-28, 2016
Greenwich Book Festival; May 27-28, 2016

Date: Friday 20th May 2016

Next Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, the second Greenwich Book Festival ( pays due to its stunning Thameside setting. OSS favourite authors appearing at the festival’s Old Royal Naval College and National Maritime sites include Amy LiptrotCaitlin DaviesTristan Gooley, Charles Foster and Patrick Barkham. A Thames Clipper offer allows visitors who catch the boat to Cutty Sark and retain their ticket to attend events at the discounted Greenwich resident’s rate. Patricia Nicol tells us more...

"A highlight of the daytime programming on Friday, May 27 will be ‘Natural Navigator’ Tristan Gooley introducing his acclaimed new book How To Read Water: Clues, Signs and Patterns from Puddles in a National Maritime Museum talk at 13.30-1430 with with a special nod to Greenwich. Reviewing it for the OSS, Lynne Roper said: “This is an absolute gem of a book. A must-have for anyone who loves the water.” (

 If festival visitors’ want to make this a nature-writing double-bill, at 12pm Charles Foster will be talking about his extraordinary, critically-heaped book Being A Beast (“Thrilling, brilliant, bonkers” The Financial Times) – for which he tried living as animals including a badger, otter, urban fox and swift – to the Guardian’s nature writer and Coastlines author Patrick Barkham. (

On the evening of Friday May 27, at 1930-21.30 Amy Liptrot, author of the luminous memoir of alcoholism and recovery, The Outrun, and a stalwart of Orkney’s Polar Bears sea swimming club, is part of the Festival’s Pool party: a showcase of six female writers making a splash. (

 Things continue swimmingly on Saturday, with Caitlin Davies talking at 12pm in the NMM lecture theatre about Downstream: a history of Swimming in the Thames, reminding us of the days when river galas thrived and Greenwich Beach was a daytripping destination. ( While, for children, at 1400, real-life explorer Justin Miles will excite younger adventurers with his talk on How To Become an Ultimate Explorer. 

Other festival highlights will be Kate Summerscale talking about her new much-praised new Victorian  history The Wicked Boy, Brix Smith-Start being quizzed about The Fall by the FT's Ludo Hunter-Tilney,  Sara Pascoe talking about being female,  Hollie McNish on Nobody Told Me, the book she wrote in the shock of early motherhood, Bee Wilson on First Bite and Charlotte McDonald-Gibson on Cast Away, her reportage account of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean in the NMM. 

For children there is Andy Stanton's Mr Gum, a Harry Potter showBarry LoserChloe Inkpen and Lauren St John and a wondrous array of hands-on workshops from the likes of OkidoMango and Bambang with Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy, Ben Newman Professor Astrocat and Marion Deuchars. There's also heaps of free stuff"


Some events are free. Tickets cost from £5 to £11 with discounts for those who come by Thames Clipper, NMM members and Greenwich card holders. 

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