Instead of a dedicated Festival this year, we’re working with Lewisham Libraries to put on events throughout the year. The next one we’ve had a finger in is the World Book Night party at Manor House Library.
World Book Night is a celebration of reading where thousands of books are given away free by authorised ‘givers’. Some of those givers will be at Manor House: come and discover which books they have (we can guarantee some copies of Kazuo Ishiguro’s heartbreaking The Remains of the Day).
There’s also an opportunity to meet and hear from special guests – Gemma Seltzer and Bernadette Russell. There’ll be courtesy refreshments and we hope that each guest brings along a ‘used book’ they are happy to gift or swap in addition from those gifted through the World Book Night promotion.
Gemma Seltzer is a London-based writer and literary blogger. Originally conceived as a daily fiction blog, Speak to Strangers, which Gemma will read from, is a funny, provocative and elegant series of 100 hundred-word stories, which chart a journey across our capital through its inhabitants.
Bernadette Russell runs White Rabbit with Gareth Brierley, performing, writing and producing storytelling variety night Are You Sitting Comfortably? as well as creating theatre, cabaret and installations. She is presently amusing and occasionally bemusing strangers with a current project 366 Days of Kindness. Her brand of entertainment was described by a BBC reviewer as ‘exhilarating… it’s hard to describe and it can’t be bottled.’
This event is free but the library asks that places are pre-booked on 020 8314 7794.
6.45 for 7pm start – 8.30pm Monday 23 April
World Book Night Party
Manor House Library