BookBound breaks the viral bonds

YOU may be stuck at home, in Covid-19 bondage, but there are exciting literary adventures to be found at an imaginative new virtual literary festival founded by Somerset-born writer Georgie Codd, the author of the critically acclaimed, newly published We Swim To The Shark.

Georgie, with writer friends and book-lovers, and the support of  Wasafari magazine, has launched BookBound2020, “the world’s first anti-viral literary festival.”

With leading and high profile authors, including Sarah Perry, David Lammy MP, Costa Award-winner Jasbinder Bilan and Robert Webb, of Mitchell and Webb fame, already signed up, Georgie and her team have launched a website, social media platforms and attracted interest from more than 30 writers and poets from across the UK and further afield.

She says: “Our mission is to bring authors and readers together during a time of international crisis and isolation. Everyone is invited to watch for free during festival week, which is Monday 27th April to Sunday 3rd May.”

The festival is fundraising in aid of Mind, a UK mental health charity  – visit www.mind.org for more details. It is also using the festival to support independent bookshops around the world, and encourage a wave of remote orders for new work

The festival will be broadcast on a dedicated YouTube channel (more details in due course). It is on Twitter and Instagram (@BookBoundFest; the hashtag is #BookBound2020 and the website is www.bookbound2020.co.uk