Toby Davies talks about writing comedy for some of the biggest names on television, adapting novels for the big screen, annoying opera audiences and forging a career in writing. With an adaptation of Saki’s short stories completed as an early venture, Toby considers the importance of finding the connections within and between stories in order to create a satisfying ‘whole’.
Natasha Pulley discusses how authors make use of extensive research to craft their adventurous tales. She draws on her own experience of trawling the archives at Royal Museums Greenwich for exciting facts about the Battle of the Nile and sailing aboard a tall ship to reveal the ways in which real adventures can be the source for creating imaginary ones.
Kolton Lee considers the intricacies of storytelling with particular emphasis on writing for the screen. Breaking down how stories are told and made effective for the novel, the stage play or the big screen he explores a number of strategies for adding narrative tension to prevent tales becoming bogged down by unnecessary detail.
Edward Holberton investigates the ways in which migrants and colonists in early America and the Caribbean read and adapted literary texts. His research makes use of journals, manuscripts and annotations of these early readers, written as they crossed the Atlantic and settled in the 'New World', revealing hidden perspectives on the history of colonisation and empire.
With a weekend of talks and workshops with authors, screenwriters, oral storytellers, podcasters and poets, explore the true breadth of what storytelling means today.
All sessions are free but space is limited so to avoid disappointment you will need to book your seat prior to coming to the Museum.
Also join us for free performances by Action For Refugees In Lewisham, as well as a queer science fiction meet-up, a group 'write up' with National Novel Writing Month and immersive family workshops inspired by storytelling.
The ships will be anchored at two Tall Ships Festival villages, one at Greenwich town centre, the other at the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich. A huge Parade of Sail will start at about 5pm on Sunday 16 April, with around 40 huge Tall Ships and other vessels sailing down the Thames in convoy.
The House showcases over 450 works of art by such masters as Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds. The historic Great Hall ceiling also features a spectacular work in gold leaf by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright.