~ "I so enjoyed the opportunity of meeting such esteemed authors from the comfort of my living room. It is amazing that out of the pandemic, I have been afforded such an experience." ~
We brought our 2020 events programme to a fitting close last week with the online launch party for local author Sam Hurcom's latest novel, Letters from the Dead. It's safe to say that 2020 has brought its challenges and things have certainly been a little different this year.
Author events are important for us as they bring people together and strengthen that feeling of community that is so important here in Penarth, and we started the year with some fantastic live events, including Sophie Hannah, Matt Pritchard and Joanna Trollope - little did we know what was just around the corner!
Following the national lockdown in March we worked quickly to get a programme of online events up and running. Since April, we have hosted 34 virtual events with authors from across the UK and beyond, including Ruth Jones, Victoria Hislop, James Naughtie, Clare Mackintosh, Lemn Sissay, Nicci French, Simon Mayo, Ann Cleeves, Rachel Joyce, Jeffrey Archer, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, former First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones, and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, to name only a few, and we have had attendees tuning in from as far as New Zealand, Sri Lanka and America!
Thank you to everyone who has supported Griffin Books by attending one of our events this year. It has been lovely to keep in touch with our regular customers and to get to meet so many new people through our online events.
Events take place via Zoom video call and give attendees the unique opportunity to chat ‘face-to-face’ with their favourite authors from the comfort of their own home. We're currently working on our New Year programme and look forward to announcing more unmissable virtual events very soon!