Jojo Moyes, the novelist and screenwriter behind box-office sensation Me before You, has been announced as Ambassador for London Book & Screen Week, as the festival returns for its fourth year in 2018. Taking place between 9th-15th April, it is the capital’s biggest ever celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire. The festival brings together avid readers, writers, game, film and TV fans for a whole host of events taking place in London – the creative capital of the world.
Jojo will champion a specially curated programme of events for this year’s festival set to mark some of 2018’s biggest anniversaries – the centenary of the women’s vote and the end of World War One – as well as celebrating the enduring popularity of some of the UK’s most iconic writers including Mary Shelley and Agatha Christie. These tent pole events will be held at a private members screening room in the heart of Soho and will run alongside an open sourced strand of activities across London that anyone can submit to online: www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk.
Jojo Moyes worked as a journalist for ten years and has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed. She has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You was nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide. Jojo wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones). It was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success, grossing over $200M worldwide.
Jojo takes up the baton from David Nicholls, the festival’s first Ambassador in 2017, who oversaw a popular week of events that included a special Harry Potter film screening at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and a performance of Austentatious at Leicester Square Theatre. Events in 2017 took place in venues across the length and breadth of London and were covered in regional and national media including Time Out, The Pool, Metro, The Sunday Times, the Guardian, ES Magazine, London Evening Standard, The Week, BBC Radio London, Reader’s Digest and HuffPost.
Commenting on her role, Jojo said:
“I’m delighted to be taking the role of ambassador at London Book and Screen Week 2018. Increasingly the television and film industries are recognising the importance of books as source material, and also the role that authors can play in their adaptations. There are few pleasures greater than watching a well-done adaptation of a favourite book – this year alone I can think of Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale and Howard’s End, and in film Wonder, My Cousin Rachel, Call Me By Your Name all of which have gained both popular and critical approval. I look forward to hearing about the ways in which these complimentary mediums enrich our lives and give escapism and pleasure to audiences and readers, from creators, businesspeople and all those taking part in the festival.”
Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said:
“Books are the inspiration for so much of the global entertainment industry whether films, games, apps or TV series. With London in the international spotlight as the global publishing industry turns its attention to The London Book Fair, what better way to recognise the value of books than this week-long festival that brings together authors, professionals and audiences alike to celebrate the many ways literature enriches our lives. Following the extraordinary success of Me Before You – one of the great British success stories of book to screen – we are delighted to welcome Jojo Moyes as our Ambassador for 2018.”
ABOUT JOJO MOYES
Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. Her books include the bestsellers The Girl You Left Behind, The One Plus One, Me Before You and After You and her short-story collection Paris for One and Other Stories. Her novels have been translated into 44 languages and have hit the Number One spot in 12 countries. She is one of the few authors to have had three novels on The New York Times bestseller list at the same time.
Me Before You has now sold over 12 million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones). Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their 3 children.