FlipSide was founded in 2013 by Liz Calder, Genevieve Christie, Louis Baum and John Christie.  In its inaugural year it welcomed writers from the UK and Brazil including Ian McEwan, Will Self, Milton Hatoum and Bernardo Carvalho.  FlipSide has a strong musical element and has played host to Bebel Gilberto, Adriana Calcanhotto, Paula Morelembaum, Jose Miguel Wisnick and world DJ Gilles Peterson. In January 2015 FlipSide became a Registered Charity (1160164).  FlipSide is the sister festival of FLIP (Festa Literaria Internacional de Paraty), South America's first and largest international literary festival.  

Our aims are to produce the vibrant FlipSide Festival and a growing calendar of schools and community literature, music and arts events, opening a window onto a world of new cultural experiences. 

The Story of FLIP
In August 2003 a remote fishing village on the rainforest coast of Brazil drew writers from all over Brazil and abroad for a three-day celebration of the written word.  Crowds of Brazilian readers gathered in rapt excitement to listen to Julian Barnes, Don DeLillo, Hanif Kureshi and Eric Hobsbawn; football fans could have shown no greater devotion.  Each year since then, FLIP has drawn crowds in the tens of thousands to Paraty, and inspired similar literary festivals to spring up all over Brazil.     

FLIP through its programme Flipinha also promotes literature to the children from the State of Rio through its year round educational programme and has been a pioneer in promoting the importance of culture for all communities.

Flupp (Literary Festival of the UPPs) was founded in 2012 and grew out of FLIP. The festival takes place in favelas with a permanent police presence, known as UPPs, or units of police pacification, deployed to drive drug related crime out of the local areas. Past UK based participating authors include, Yvette EdwardsKei Miller and Naomi Alderman.

Rio de Janeiro’s alternative literary festival is dedicated to bringing the pleasures of reading to a wider audience using literature to explore and bridge the gap between favela residents and the city by focusing on the writing talents of favela residents themselves.

Read here about the 2012 Festival.  Read here about 2015

Meet the Team

Liz Calder - Director

Liz CalderIn a career spanning four decades, Liz Calder entered publishing in the 1970s with Victor Gollancz, where she published John Irving and Angela Carter among others. She moved to Jonathan Cape, where she published Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac, both Booker winners. In 1986 she joined Nigel Newton, David Reynolds and Alan Wherry to found Bloomsbury. Here she was responsible for the fiction list, which included two more Booker winners, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.

Liz is president and founder of FLIP, and founding Director of the Groucho Club and the Orange Prize for Literature (now the Bailey’s Prize), for which she was a judge in 2010. Liz is also the founder and director of the East Anglian based publisher, Full Circle Editions who produce beautiful books, which have an East of England connection.




Genevieve Christie - Director

Genevieve Christie worked in television production for more than 20 years. Trained at the BBC, she worked at London Weekend Television as an associate producer on a raft of factual programmes including the Audience With.... series and the Baftas. Subsequently as a freelance producer/writer she formed her own independent production company Carey St Productions. In collaboration with John Christie she has commissioned many co-productions between UK and international broadcasters including Addicted to Death – The Harold Shipman Story, the long running series Tales from the Black Museum, The Great Nazi Cash Swindle and Discovery’s Queen Mary II – Birth of a Legend. Genevieve is also the founder and director of the East Anglian based publisher, Full Circle Editions who produce beautiful books, which have an East of England connection.






FlipSide Board Members

Hilary Battye
Martin Battye
John Christie
Chris Edmonds
Cecily Engle
Dan Franklin
Jeremy Hardie CBE – Chairman
Clare Matterson CBE
Sean McTernan


Ana Maria Machado
Margaret Atwood
Michael Ondaatje