I first discovered Emerald Street a few years ago, and pretty much fell in love instantly.
It was a proper girl crush. With a website. Which was weird. But not weird at all. Because Emerald Street is like having a bestie by your side. A chum in crime and the best kind of girlfriend, who’ll tell it to you like it is. Like it actually is. “No, that dress doesn’t actually do anything for you, you should stop wearing it” kind of friend.
If you haven’t come across Emerald Street before, allow me to introduce. Their clever team delivers a no-nonsense, exciting, info-packed, free email that lands in your inbox each morning, and covers everything a sassy lass needs to know about: going out, style, fashion, beauty, books, ideas, cocktails…. (I do love a cocktail).
Around 150,000 women already sign up to their words of wisdom, and I am one of them.
But emails is not all they deliver. Ho no.
On the 10th June, Emerald Street are holding their second Literary Festival at The Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, following the huge success of last year’s debut.
The festival is a day-long celebration of writing, books, conversation and ideas. Gather your pals, head to Kensington and settle in for a day of reading, author chat and general mind massage. If books are your thing – this is where you need to be.
Some of Emerald Street’s favourite writers will be reading from their latest work; the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist will debate why we love to talk about books and Kate Mosse, the founder of the prize, will debate why we love to talk about books with this year’s shortlisted authors…. there will be panels on race in today’s Britain, travel writing and our continuing fascination with witchcraft… and an extra-long session run in collaboration with global storytelling collective The Moth.
You can book as many sessions as you wish and anyone booking two or more sessions will receive a free book on the door. Kaboom.
I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday. Poppy Loves Book Club and I’ll be there with bookish bells on.
Tickets range from £5 – £10 and you can book your tickets here.
The Emerald Street Literary Festival
Saturday 10th June
The Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore,
- 12pm-12.45pm: The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction: why do we love to talk about books?
- 12pm-12.45pm: Top five writing tips from The Faber Academy
- 12pm-12.45pm: Emerald Street presents: Daisy Johnson on myths, magic and being a girl in a small town
- 12.55pm-1.40pm: Telling true stories: explaining narrative journalism – SOLD OUT
- 12.55pm-1.40pm: Emerald Street Presents: Cosey Fanni Tutti
- 1.50pm-2.35pm: Talking about race in today’s Britain
- 2.45pm-3.30pm: Show a witch some respect! Why we’re still fascinated by witchcraft
- 2.45pm-3.30pm: Emerald Street Presents: Elif Shafak – SOLD OUT
- 3.10pm-3.55pm: Essex girls, serpents and writing a best-seller: Sarah Perry in conversation with Lucy Mangan
- 4.30pm-6.45pm: The Moth, in collaboration with The Emerald Street Literary Festival
- 4.35pm-5.20pm: Where is travel writing going?
- 4.35pm-5.20pm: Emerald Street presents: Robin Dalton – SOLD OUT