Venue: Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
Date: 01 March 2017 @ 5.30 - 6.30pm
World Book Day is 20 years old in 2017, and we are celebrating with an extravaganza of a day on Thursday 2nd March 2017. As part of the Biggest Book Show on Earth tour, we are hosting a special event in Waterstones Piccadilly on the eve of World Book Day, 1st March 2017.
Joining us will be David Almond and Michael Grant, authors of World Book Day £1 books Island and Dead of Night respectively; presenter and DJ Gemma Cairney whose debut Open is released in March; and author, vlogger and musical actress Carrie Hope Fletcher as chair.
The group will discuss their favourite books; where, when and how they read; the books they are currently working on; and give the audience book recommendations.
After the event, there will be an opportunity to redeem the World Book Day £1 tokens, meet the authors, get your books signed – and take selfies of course.
Content suitable for 12+
Come join the booky fun! Tickets are free but to reserve a ticket, please click here
Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, vlogger and, thanks to her popular YouTube channel ItsWayPastMyBedtime, ‘honorary big sister’ to hundreds of thousands of young people around the world. Carrie’s first book, All I know Now, was a Number 1 Sunday Times bestseller, and her debut novel On the Other Side, also went straight to Number 1 in its first week on sale.
Carrie played the role of Eponine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre in the West End for almost three years and received the 2014 WhatsOnStageAward for Best Takeover in a Role. In 2016 she starred as Truly Scrumptious in the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This year, she will take on the role of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family UK Tour. Carrie lives just outside of London with numerous fictional friends that she keeps on bookshelves, just in case.
David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, The Savage, The Tightrope Walkers, A Song for Ella Grey and many other novels, stories, picture books and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include The Carnegie Medal, twoWhitbread Awards, The Eleanor Farjeon Award, The Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcieres (France) and The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world’s most prestigious prize for children’ authors. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and lives in Northumberland.
Gemma Cairney is a multi-award winning broadcaster, writer, producer and general polymath. She currently presents The Surgery on BBC Radio 1. As the network’s only speech-based show, it focuses on tackling the everyday issues of young people and creating positive social action. She has racked up a breadth of experience across the BBC networks including Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and, most recently, the BBC World Service, and covers Glastonbury each year on BBC1 and BBC2. Gemma is known for her irreverent approach, insatiable appetite for telling stories and sparkling imagination. Outside the BBC she owns her own production company called Boom Shakalaka Productions, where she oversees different audio, visual and arts content. She has edited and written for various publications, including The Pool, Elle, Red, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, the Guardian and The Debrief. She is ‘Artist In Residence’ at The Southbank Centre and is on the committee for Women Of The World Festival. Outside work she loves to DJ garage classics at parties and lives by the sea, where she can be found wild swimming in a tidal pool.
Michael Grant is the evil genius of YA Fiction. Among his biggest fans is Stephen King who called the Gone series ‘A driving, torrential narrative’. Michael’s life has been similarly driving and torrential. He’s lived in almost 50 different homes in 14 US states, and moved in with his wife, Katherine Applegate, after knowing her less than 24 hours. Michael and Katherine were running their own cleaning business when they were working on their first book. Since trading in his marigolds, Michael has now written around 150 books (with Katherine, as himself, under pseudonyms and as a ghostwriter). He now lives in the San Francisco Bay area taking his inspiration from his charming view of Alcatraz. From across those dark waters have emerged his dystopian fantasy series, Gone, his thrilling futuristic trilogy BZRK, and the menacing Messenger of Fear. Now he is reinventing history with Front Lines. The Gone series has sold over 800, 000 copies in the UK meaning that Michael has terrified a lot of people. Something he particularly likes to do.