For Books’ Sake at the Thames Festival

22nd Aug 2012

For Books' Sake at the Thames Festival

Buckle your seatbelts, London, because we’re coming back. And we can’t wait to see you again.

We’re excited to announce that in September, we’ll be taking part in the Thames Festival, a free, family-friendly two-day extravaganza of live music, dance, art installations, carnivals and river races, taking place along London’s South Bank.

To get you even more excited, here’s a video of the highlights from the 2011 festival, so you can see what sort of shenanigans the weekend will involve:

So what will we be doing at the Thames Festival? On Sunday 9th September, we’ll be unleashing a series of interactive installations that we want you to get involved in.

As part of Where the Wild Words Are, we’ll be releasing hundreds of words into the wild, and it will be down to you to find them, tame them, and turn them into stories.

Each installation will be centred around a woman writer who adventured into the wild through her fiction and came back to tell the tale, so we’ll have all sorts of info about them on hand to intrigue and inspire.

Once you’ve created a story, we’ll want to see the evidence. Make sure you take your camera, because we’ll want to see the snaps, and we’ll be asking you to share them with us via Facebook and Twitter.

Not into the idea of adventuring into the wild and wrangling some words? We’ll also be setting up a base camp where you can come and see us, so don’t forget to bring along your old and unwanted books to our free book swap.

Also at Where the Wild Words Are, there’ll be takeaway poetry, Scrabble Sunday, and live performances aplenty, including a set from Lyrix Organix, who’ll be rewriting the rule book on music and spoken word with their lyrical fireworks and genre mash-ups.

We can’t wait to see you, so come and find us at Bernie Spain Gardens by the Oxo Tower. And in the meantime, tell us: which woman writer using the wild in their writing is your favourite?

Jane Bradley