Charing Cross Festival 2013 : Ukulele & Roald Dhal Workshops : 22 & 23 June : All Ages


Charing Cross Road Festival 

In the second annual event celebrating the literary and musical history of Charing Cross Road, iconic booksellers Foyles and Blackwell’s, plus a host of retailers, venues and cafés up and down the street, present two days of talks, gigs, activities and more – from a musical journey with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to ukulele workshops, Horrible Histories with Terry Deary and live jazz in the Ray’s Cafe. And of course you’ll find face painters, storytellers, caricaturists and more up and down the street all weekend.

Click on the links below for more information and to book tickets for the events. This page will be updated regularly so check back if there is no link for an event you’re interested in. We will also be adding whole new events in the run-up to the festival.

Saturday 22nd June

All Day: Free samples of Chitoptle’s handmade guacamole, salsas and tortilla chips

11.30am Laura Dockrill on Darcy Burdock in Foyles

12.30pm Christopher Priest in conversation with Simon Ings in Blackwell’s

1.00pm Felt Monster Workshop with The Felt Mistress in Foyles

2.00pm Terry Deary on The Horrible Histories in Foyles

2.00pm Ukulele Party in Blackwell’s

3.15pm Ceviche: Talk and cookery demo with Martin Morales in Foyles

4.00pm Yo Zushi playing live plus zine launch and poetry from Jazzman John Clarke at Quinto Bookshop

4.00pm Martin Bannister on A Map of Nowhere in Blackwell’s

4.30pm Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in Foyles

5.00pm Book launch of Gilded Keyholes by Pablo Bronstein in Koenig Books

5.45pm Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: In conversation with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman in Foyles

6.00pm Best Fictional Detective Balloon Debate in Blackwell’s

8.30pm Blackwell’s Literary Book Quiz in the Phoenix Artist Club

Sunday 23rd June

2.00pm Brilliant Britain with Jane Peyton in Charing Cross Library

2.00pm onwards Crafternoon drop-in in Blackwell’s

2.00pm The BFI presents a screening of Underground in Foyles

3.30pm The Ziggy Stardust Sunday Pop Quiz in Foyles

4.00pm Richard Bean in Conversation with Benedict Nightingale in Blackwell’s

All Weekend

Penguin Books Treasure Hunt with Blackwell’s

Book Detectives at Blackwell’s

Special Sale and Bar Bibliotheque at Pleasures of Past Times

Vintage Children’s Classics Competition in Blackwell’s