In partnership with The Evening Standard

Without the foreboding froidure of a literary festival, and shorn of the nerdy exclusivity of a film festival, The Evening Standard Stories Festival, in Association with Netflix, gets to the nub of both, by marrying them together. Whether it’s a tome on the history of global economics or the rip-roar-i-est Netflix special, the one thing they both have in common is story. The essential thread that runs through all good writing is storytelling. Which is the philosophy behind this new festival, launching later this month.

The Evening Standard Stories Festival, in Association with Netflix, will see the likes of Ricky Gervais, the Bridgerton cast and author and writer Robert Harris all on stage in this special three day event celebrating the joys of storytelling.

Taking place between September 24th and 26th at Picturehouse Central, the special event is in association with Netflix and brings some of the studios best talent.

The special event is in association with Netflix...

The stellar line-up includes Ricky Gervais and the cast of Netflix hit After Life. The comedian will guide the audience through the making of the series, from script to screen. The panel event will also get under the skin of Gervais’ writing process, how he directs and bringing the script to life.

For fans of the sumptuous Georgian universe created by Bridgeton, director Julia Quinn will join Shondaland’s creative production, Tom Verica and Gold Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte in the series. They will be discussing how the series made the transition from novel to screen.

For fans of the sumptuous Georgian universe created by Bridgeton...

Likewise best-selling author Robert Harris, famous for his historical thrillers like Pompeii and Fatherland, will be talking to audiences at Stories Festival about his novel and Netflix thriller Munich – The Edge of War, with director Christian Schwochow and producer Andrew Eaton.

As well as a range of panel events, from Gervais and Harris but also taking in Aardman’s Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, creators of a new holiday special (find out the secrets of their stop-start filming) the event will feature live readings, talks and workshops.

Ed Balls: most famous for coining 'Ed Balls Day'...

Meet former Shadow Foreign Secretary Ed Balls (most famous for coining ‘Ed Balls Day’ and Strictly, but also as author of Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food), or model Jack Guinness (and author of The Queer Bible), Ashley Walters, the star of Netflix’s Top Boy, Daisy Buchanan (known for Insatiable), Dr Amir Khan (from The Doctor Will See You Know) and noughties pop sensation Will Young, author of To Be A Gay Man.

The Stories Festival is designed to help support and inspire the next generation of storytellers, and across the three days and dozens of events held at Picturehouse Central there’s no shortage of   fascinating people and topics to sink your teeth into (sink your teeth into the topics, obviously, not the people).

The Evening Standard Stories Festival, in Association with Netflix, takes place at Picturehouse Central between the 24th and 26th September 2021

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