We're up to our knees in the mud of festival season. Every Monday morning, bedraggled revellers return to their desks with tales of drunkeness, debauchery and life-changing epiphanies while watching Beyonce on the main stage. Occasionally, someone reaches festival saturation point and suggests that the end is nigh, but I'm certain they'll be a mainstay of summer for a long time to come. They are, after all, a concept as old as time, with the tradition of bringing folks together for music, theatre, fun and frolics stretching back to antiquity.
Literature has long been a part of festival culture and here at Penguin we're always thrilled to take part alongside our favourite bands and comedians. Joe Dunthorne, Tom Hodgekinson and Luke Wright made appearances at Glastonbury this year and you can look out for our authors at Bestival, Wilderness and many others later in the summer. Keep up to date via our events page.
We're also super-excited to pitch up on the village green at the brand-new Apple Cart festival on 7th August in Victoria Park, London. Apple Cart boasts oodles of fun for adults (in the shape of Soul II Soul, Tim Minchin, real ale) and for kids (magic, art workshops, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes) so we're looking forward to a fun day out for the whole family. To bring it all together, headling the Penguin Stage is the award-winning writer of Skellig, David Almond. We're publishing his new novel, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean as a joint venture between our adult and childrens’ divisions, so his reading should have something for everyone.
If you can't wait til August for your festival fix, Hamish Hamilton will be running a stage at Port Eliot festival in a couple of weeks. For a little preview, check out last year's Festivals issue of Hamish Hamilton's free literary magazine, Five Dials (scroll down, it's number 13), featuring Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and Paul Murray.
And if you prefer your festivals indoors and seriously stylish, come along to Vintage Festival 2011 at Royal Festival Hall, where glamorous usherettes will be sporting trays from which festival-goers can purchase some of our small and perfectly formed Penguin Mini Modern Classics!
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