Upcoming Publishing Events
By Sophie Dickinson, Erin Evett and Maria Sadek
Rebecca F. KuangYellowface with Sharlene Teo
26 May, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford
Rebecca F. Kuang is the award winning New York Times number one bestselling author of The Poppy War trilogy and Babel: An Arcane History. Her new novel Yellowface focuses on integrity in the publishing industry after an author steals a dead author's manuscript and publishes it under her name, and the consequences which follow this. Kaung will be discussing the novel and copies will be available to purchase on the evening. For more information and tickets, click here.
The British Book Awards Ceremony
15 May, 5:00 p.m.–01:00 a.m.
JW Marriott Grosvenor House, London / Online
The British Book Awards is back for 2023! This year has some amazing nominations across various categories, with both books and trade nominations to be shown throughout the night. They will also be hosting a livestream of the awards ceremony for those who aren’t attending in person. For more information on the nominees for books, click here, and for trade, click here. For more information about the livestream as it becomes available, click here.
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature
2023 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, and they are celebrating with an exciting range of events with some famous faces. Whether you’re interested in politics, history, music or fiction, there truly is something for everyone. For more information and to book your tickets and see a complete list of events, click here.
A select few events are:
Lennie Goodings – Virago at 50
13 May, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Fowey Town Hall, Fowey
Join Lennie Goodings as she discusses her memoir A Bite of the Apple and her journey to becoming the chair of the feminist publisher Virago Books. As a ground-breaking literary editor, she has worked with some of the most renowned female authors of our day, including Maya Angelou and Margaret Attwood. If you are interested in writing, editing or the inner workings of publishing houses, this will be the perfect event for you. To book tickets, click here.
Daphne du Maurier’s Fowey – Guided Walk
14 May, 10:30–12:30 p.m.
Finish Town Quay, Fowey
If you prefer to learn about the lives of your favourite authors, don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a guided walk through Daphne du Maurier’s life in Fowey and learn about the inspirations behind her captivating novels. To book tickets, click here.
Fern Britton – The Good Servant
16 May, 8:00–9:00 p.m.
Fowey Town Hall, Fowey
Meet Fern Britton, author of ten Sunday Times best-selling novels, who is also known for her work in broadcasting and presenting. She will be in conversation with Daphne Skinnard, Assistant Editor on BBC Radio Cornwall, about her new book The Good Servant, which focuses on the life of Marion Crawford, known as Crawfie, the governess to the royal princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret. To book tickets, click here.
Iain Dale – On This Day in Politics – Britain’s Political History in 365 Days
19 May, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Fowey Parish Church, Fowey
Meet Iain Dale, acclaimed political journalist, as he discusses his new, informative book On This Day in Politics. Dale does not hold back his opinions on all the key moments you need to know about in British political history on every day from 01 January to 31 December. To book tickets and learn more about this new book and British political history, click here.
An Evening with Adam Kay
18 May, 7:30 p.m.
Dulwich College, London
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet best-selling author of This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay, as he discusses what’s happened since he made the decision to leave the medical field. In his new book Undoctored, Kay looks back over his career as a doctor, the scars it left him with and how he is embracing these memories and taking them with him as he moves forward. A much-anticipated follow-up to his debut novel, which became the best-selling UK narrative non-fiction book of the twenty-first century, Undoctored and this event should not be missed! To book tickets or find out more information, click here.
Violent Phenomena: In Conversation with Sawad Hussain and Ayesha M. Siddiqi
19 May, 8:00 p.m.
Medawar Building, UCL, London
Those interested in translated literature should not miss this opportunity to join translators and writers Sawad Hussain and Ayesha M. Siddiqi as they discuss their new collection of translated essays, Violent Phenomena. Hosted by UCL but open to all, this free event will discuss colonial legacies of literature and translation whilst looking at how translators and writers can share their ideas in a way that disrupts colonial translation practices. They will be in conversation with Lucelle Pardoe, a PhD candidate in translation studies, and there will be refreshments and the chance to purchase the book on the evening, with discounts for students. Tickets can be reserved for this insightful and thought-provoking event by clicking here.