Best-sellers and international debuts at anti-viral litfest

BEST-selling authors including Sarah Perry and Clare Pooley, Costa Children’s Award-winner Jasbinder Bilan and debut writers from around the world will be taking part in BookBound 2020, the first-ever anti-viral literary festival, running online from Monday 27th April to Sunday 3rd May.

The seven-day celebration of the written word is the brainchild of Somerset-born Georgie Codd, whose own debut, We Swim To The Shark, was published earlier this year. Georgie had a number of talks, book-shop conversations and literary festival events lined up to promote her book, which were all lost with the Covid-19 lockdown.

The speakers include poet Patience Agbabi who has just published her first novel, scientist Emma Byrne, artist and writer Stanley Donwood, best known for his artwork for Radiohead, award-winning novelist Niven Govinden, Intisar Khanani who describes herself as a nomad and world traveller, MP and author David Lammy, New Zealand novelist and journalist Becky Manawatu, feminist Lola Olufemi, Sarah Perry, whose brilliant novels include The Essex Serpent, Clare Pooley, author of Mummy Was A Secret Drinker and The Sober Diaries, and novelist and screen-writer Nikesh Shukla.

As well as talking about their work, in conversation with other writers, the authors will be championing their favourite independent bookshops. Viewers will also be able to help their local bookshops through a special arrangement between BookBound 2020 and the online bookseller Hive.

The festival is being run in partnership with Wasafiri magazine,  which encourages readers and writers to travel the world via the word. The festival will take place online, and will cost nothing to view. The organisers only ask for those tuning in to consider making a donation, however small, to the mental health charity Mind, to help support its essential work.

For more information visit www.bookbound2020.co.uk where the full programme will shortly be published.

Pictured: Clare Pooley, Jasbinder Bilan and David Lammy.