Britain’s only comedy book festival is back
The UK’s leading comedy website, Chortle, presents a funny and fascinating day of sessions as comedians talk about their books, from memoirs to TV tie-ins to their astute social observations. The line-up includes Adam Kay, the former medic behind the Sunday Times bestseller This Is Going To Hurt, The Guilty Feminist’s Deborah Frances-White, Sofie Hagen, Alex Horne, Robin Ince, and award-winning Radio X presenters Elis James and John Robins.
Early bird day passes £32 / £29 / £25 are available until 31 December. £40 / £36 / £30 after.
Day Passes include access to any session subject to room capacity. Single-session tickets are also available.
Doors open 13.00
13.30 – 14.30 Alex Horne: Taskmaster
Hear Alex introduce his new book Taskmaster: 200 Extraordinary Tasks for Ordinary People, participate in a task or two and ask him some questions.
13.45 – 14.45 Fry and Laurie's Soupy Twists Live!
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie's official biographer, comedian Jem Roberts, performs an hour of completely unseen material from the Fry and Laurie archive.
15.00 – 16.00 Robin Ince
Robin Ince, host of The Infinite Monkey Cage, on his book on what the birth, behaviour, anxiety and storytelling of comedians may tell us about all humans.
15.15 – 16.15 Jessie Cave
The actor, comedian, writer and cartoonist known for her role as Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter film series has just published her latest show Sunrise in book form.
16.30 – 17.30 The Guilty Feminist
With the podcast star With Deborah Frances-White
16.45 – 17.45 Offence in Comedy: Panel Discussion
Comedy writer James Cary is joined by comedian, former Westminster adviser and London Evening Standard columnist Ayesha Hazarika and comedian Jay Islaam.
18.00 – 19.00 Elis James and John Robins
Join Elis and John for a live reading from their debut book The Holy Vible.
18.15 – 19.15 Sofie Hagen
Sofie's debut book, Happy Fat, is part-memoir, part-social commentary, and part impassioned plea for us to fight back and reframe our toxic relationships with our bodies.
19.30 – 20.30 Adam Kay
Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt, revisiting his former career as a junior doctor, has sold over a million copies.
19.30 – 20.30 Sitcom Geeks with Jonathan Coe
Sitcom Geeks is podcast for those interested in the mechanics of situation comedy. Hosts James Cary and Dave Cohen talk to special guest, the author and writer Jonathan Coe, who’s novels include The Rotter’s Club (2001) and its recent follow up Middle England.
Books will be on sale throughout, with our comedians and speakers signing copies.