Welcome to the 2020 Portobello Book Festival. Like so many events worldwide, we have had to adapt to an unanticipated reality. The programme this year is necessarily somewhat restricted, but we still offer a variety of sessions in a variety of formats. You can find the full programme on the website, and we hope you will join us as often as you can. We hope that the festival will be entertaining, stimulating and informative, that it will encourage writers and readers alike. The local Portobello Bookshop will endeavour to make the featured books available. Finally, CS Lewis famously said ‘We read to know we are not alone’. We hope our book festival – restricted though it is – will provide some small sense of companionship and community to fellow readers and writers. Books, and the worlds they take us to, are perhaps more critical than ever, and we are delighted to share our selection with you this year.