The Big Book Weekend was a three-day virtual book festival that took place on 8th-10th May 2020 and brought together the best of the cancelled British literary festivals, with a range of events ‘presented’ by the relevant festival, featuring the authors and other artists that would have appeared.

It was co-founded by the authors Kit de Waal and Molly Flatt, supported by the BBC and Arts Council England, and took place on the online book festival site MyVLF – where all sessions are still available and free to watch.

Head over to see interviews, panel discussions, ‘in conversation’ debates, performances and interactive sessions from the biggest names in books, alongside unknown debut authors and rising talents.

There’s stuff for both kids and adults, festival die-hards and people who’ve never considered chatting about books in a tent. We were deeply committed to ensuring that the BBW reflected as many communities across the UK as possible, and the widest choice of reading tastes.

We hope BBW will encourage people and families of all backgrounds to come together around books, talk more about books and read more books.

All 28 sessions are still available to view, for free, with downloadable transcripts.