Andrea Levy and Windrush—a Greenwich Book Festival tribute


Andrea Levy, one of England’s most-celebrated novelists, who passed away in February this year, is hailed as the chronicler of the Windrush generation. As the UK prepares to celebrate its first ever Windrush Day on June 22, join Greenwich Book Festival for a tribute to this prize-winning and important author.

Levy wrote five novels, including The Long Song, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She was also a contributor to New Daughters of Africa with an extract from acclaimed Small Island, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread Book of the Year.

The tribute will feature Patrick Vernon, creator of the Windrush Day campaign, legendary publisher Margaret Busby and playwright Roy Williams, some of whom knew Andrea personally. They’ll discuss Andrea’s literary achievements, her contribution to British culture and society, and her impact on their own life and work, with particular reference to Small Island, the reading club book of the festival.  The event will be chaired by Ade Solanke.

If you can, please read Small Island in advance to contribute your own thoughts in the audience Q&A following the panel discussion.

‘Throughout her career, Levy has demonstrated how fiction, through its ability to humanise, can act as a corrective to the historical record…’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Beautifully written, intricately plotted, humorous and earthy … a marvel of luminous storytelling.’ Financial Times on The Long Song

Buy your tickets to the event HERE.