On the 10th of June, I spent the afternoon at the Emerald Street Literary Festival. It’s a day-long event that centers around two of my favourite topics – writing and books.
This year’s strong line-up included Naomi Alderman (winner of the 2017 Bailey’s Prize), Ayobami Adebayo, Elif Shafak, Sarah Penny and Reni Eddo-Lodge.
The Royal Geographical Society played host to a bevy of book lovers meeting and discussing a range of literary topics from writing tips and travel writing to race and even witchcraft.
The session with the Bailey’s Prize authors was particularly interesting and full of witty banter. The author’s opinions and hesitations about book reviews caused me to question the purpose of my book reviews here on my site. Although I pay close attention to my wording and ensure I don’t post negative reviews, do they still add value if they dampen an author’s zeal?
It was a great day made better with friends, Aperol spritz and even the unstable London weather played nice! Enjoy some pictures from the event below.
There were games to help participants relax in-between sessions ~
Free books were offered to those who had booked more than one session ~
Let’s not forget the Waterstones pop-up store where you could meet the lovely authors, get signed copies of their books and shop for yet more books.
I can’t think of a more inspiring and fun way to spend an afternoon so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the 2018 edition, and dropping the details on here before hand of course!