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Charing Cross Road Fest: Celebrating Books and Music in the Heart of London - Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June


10% off* instore all weekend at Foyles Charing Cross Road


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In the second annual event celebrating the literary and musical history of Charing Cross Road, iconic booksellers Foyles and Blackwell's, plus a host of retailers, venues and cafes up and down the street, present two days of talks, gigs, activities and more - from a musical journey with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to ukelele workshops, Horrible Histories with Terry Deary and live jazz in the Ray's Cafe. And of course you'll find face painters, storytellers, caricaturists and more up and down the street all weekend.

Below are the events taking place at Foyles over the two days. For a full line-up of events and to see participating retailers from Denmark Street to Leicester Square, visit

Running throughout both days will be our:

INDIE PUBLISHER BAZAAR, Saturday 9.30-6, Sunday 11.30-6

No one's better placed to sing the praises of books off the beaten track than the publishers who created them. This weekend, indie publishers Melville House, Peirene Press, And Other Stories and Independent Publisher of the Year Alma Books will set up shop front-of-house at Foyles to talk directly to readers about the books they love.
Ground floor, Foyles on Charing Cross Road

No need to book, just come along.




Storytelling with the Roald Dahl Museum

12 - 4 pm

Dahl logoThroughout the afternoon, the phizz-whizzing storytellers of the Roald Dahl Museum will be performing in the Children's Department, bringing to life the most swizfiggling tales from the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Lots of audience participation is required in the form of help with noises and actions!
Entry is free and there's no need to book, simply come along to experience the captivating stories of the fantastic Mr Dahl - plus enter our prize draw on the day to be in with a chance to win one of three sets of Golden Tickets to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, kindly donated by the Museum.

Tickets: Free. Just come along.
Venue: The Children's Dept, Ground Floor


Terry Deary - Horrible Histories Event and Beastly Book Signing

2 -3 pm

Terry DearyIn a special event, Terry Deary will be visiting the age of plague, poverty and prayers, taking readers back to the dangerous and disgusting days when knights rode round in tin cans and persecuted peasants turned spotty. With songs and stories it will be the most horrible history lesson you've ever experienced.

Terry's show will be followed by a book signing in the Children's Department on the ground floor.

This year, Horrible Histories, the world's bestselling children's history series, celebrates '20 Horrible Years' with new editions of foul favourites and brand-new books, The Beastly Best Bits and Deadly Days in History.

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles

Tickets: Free, but need to be reserved here.


Ceviche - Talk and cookery demo with Martin Morales

3.15 - 4.15pm
CevicheSince its opening - to a chorus of rapturous approval - in February last year, Ceviche has become one of London's most prized restaurants and has created a new wave of enthusiasm for Peruvian cuisine. This afternoon Martin Morales, founder of this Soho culinary landmark, shows us how to make the dish that gave his restaurant its name, the beautifully fresh and simple raw fish ceviche, flavoured with a delicate blend of chilli, lime and sea salt. As we sample the authentic taste of Peru, Martin shares his passion for the food of his homeland, which led him to open his restaurant and which inspired the recipes in his new cookbook Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen.
The fun continues downstairs on the First Floor, as Ceviche take over our Cookery Department for the weekend, with tasty samples and Ceviche chefs on hand to share their know-how.

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Third Floor & the Cookery Department, First Floor

Tickets: Free, but need to be reserved here


Granta's Best of Young British Novelists: A Liars' League Storytelling Salon

4.30 - 5.30 pm

Evie WyldBest Young British Novelist Evie Wyld takes the stage to read from and discuss her new novel All the Birds, Singing with Granta's Ted Hodgkinson. Kicking off the event, actors from the Liars' League, the live storytelling salon, perform stories from Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists.
Liers League

Venue: The Café at Foyles, Charing Cross Road

Tickets: Free, but need to be reserved here


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: In conversation with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

5.45 - 6.45 pm
CharlieTo celebrate Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opening as a brand new West End musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman (Grammy winners for Hairspray; Smash) offer an exclusive insight into the creative process bringing to life the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years.

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Charing Cross Road

Tickets: FREE but need to reserved here.


Frances Wise Quartet

6 - 7 pm
Ray's logoAnyone who attended Frances Wise's previous gigs in the Café at Foyles will know to expect great things from her appearance here as part of the Love Charing Cross Festival. Together with bandmates Bernard Gabony on piano, Sam Bailey on bass and Billy Brown on drums, she'll be wowing the audience with a powerhouse set of standards, sprinkled with sparkling repartee.

Look out for more music acts in the Café from 1pm

Venue: The Café at Foyles Charing Cross Road
Tickets: Free, no need to book, just come along!



Sunday 23RD JUNE 2013


Felt Monster Workshop

Design and make your own bespoke felt monster under the expert guidance of the Felt Mistress

1 - 5pm

Felt Workshop 1Felt twoCrafty ticket holders will receive everything they need to start making their very own quirky felt character in just one seamless workshop. Workshops will be led by the Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evans - a former couture dress maker who has brought her years of experience to the world of character design. She has crafted hundreds of unique soft sculptures for a variety of clients (including Christmas windows for Selfridges), featured in countless exhibitions worldwide, and collaborated with a variety of artists including Pete Fowler and Jon Burgerman.

Venue: The Third Floor Meeting Room at Foyles, Charing Cross Road

Tickets: £15. Click here to purchase*.

*Please note - children must be accompanied by 1 adult, and this adult may attend free of charge.


Gregori Hofmann Quintet

2 - 3 pm
Ray's logoSouth African-born bassist Gregori Hofmann cuts a diverse dash on the London jazz season, playing everything from swing standards to hard bop and performing regularly with some of the biggest artists in the UK. This afternoon he takes to the stage with his new fusion outfit, bringing flavours of Weather Report and Chick Corea, with the help of Greg Gottlieb on double bass, Lucas Parlatto on drums, Tal Janes on guitar and Binker Golding on alto saxophone.

Look out for more music acts in the Café throughout the afternoon

Venue: The Café at Foyles Charing Cross Road
Tickets: Free, no need to book, just come along!

The BFI presents a screening of Underground

2 - 4pm

Film StillThis free screening courtesy of the BFI celebrates the 150th anniversary of the London Underground and the long-awaited DVD / Blu-ray release of their brand new restoration of one of the great British silent features - Anthony Asquith's subterranean tale of love, jealousy, treachery and murder on the oldest underground railway in the world.
Along with Hitchcock, in the late 1920s Asquith was one of the most BFI logo newaudacious young talents in British film. Working to his own original screenplay, he brilliantly portrayed the light and dark sides of city life aided by a superb cast and some remarkable cinematic flourishes.
Neil Brand, who composed the new orchestral score for the newly restored version, introduces the film. Come and discover a classic of British silent era cinema (and the popcorn's on us).

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Charing Cross Road
Tickets: Free, but need to be reserved here



The Ziggy Stardust Sunday Pop Quiz

3.30 - 5pm

ZiggyologyDid you know that the idea for Ziggy Stardust first entered David Bowie's head after a chance encounter with drug-damaged rock n' roll singer Vince Taylor on Charing Cross Road? It's one of many star-spangled facts beaming from the pages of Ziggyology: A Brief History Of Ziggy Stardust by Simon Goddard, our host for this special hazy cosmic quiz about the life and times of Bowie's great alien messiah.
Where were the Spiders? Is there life on Mars? And whatever happened to The Likely Lads? Join us for an hour or so of fun and very informal brain-teasing about Ziggy, glam rock, 70s pop and the world as we knew it back in 1973. All and their bipperty-bopperty hats welcome.
We don't ask that you reserve teams in advance but if you would like to join a larger team on the evening we will help you do so.

- Read Bowie o'clock, Simon's blog for Foyles on his first encounter with Bowie in the guise of Major Tom
- Follow Simon on twitter: @thesimongoddard

Venue: The Café at Foyles, Charing Cross Road

Tickets: Free, but need to be reserved here


*Offer valid only at Foyles Charing Cross Road Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June; offer valid for one transaction only and not in conjunction with any other offers; discount does not apply to sheet music, CDs, DVDs, Theatre Tokens, all NOOK products, Gift Cards and Book Tokens. Not valid on




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