Events

This is the full programme for the Lewisham Literary Festival 2011!

For more information about how to get tickets, including online booking, see our Tickets page. For more information on where the venues are and how to get here, see our Where page.

Friday 9th September 2011

Launch event: “Firestation Book Swap” on tour
St Swithun’s lower hall*: doors open 7pm, event starts 7.30pm. £4 or free with homemade cake.
Scott Pack and Robert Hudson travel from this event’s usual home at the Firestation Arts Centre in Windsor, inviting authors Evie Wyld (After the Fire a Still Small Voice) and John Harding (Florence and Giles, What We Did on Our Holiday) for irreverent chat, book swapping and cake. Make sure you bring a book to swap!
Read more about the Firestation Book Swap, Evie Wyld and John Harding.

* We’re very sorry, but there is no disabled access to the lower hall at St Swithun’s. People with mobility problems may also have difficulty getting down the steps.

Saturday 10th September 2011

Alex Milway – children’s event
St Swithun’s upper hall: doors open 9.45am, event starts 10am. Ages 7+, free.
Alex Milway, illustrator and author of the Mousehunter trilogy and the Mythical 9th Division series about yeti spies, will be showing how to draw yetis and mythical beasts, and passing on top secret yeti knowledge!
Read more about Alex Milway; children should be accompanied by an adult.

Sally Reeve Edwards – children’s event
Torridon Road Library: event starts 11.30am. Ages 3-5, free.
Hither Green Week favourite Sally Reeve Edwards will be leading another songs and rhymes session for young children.
Read more about Sally Reeve Edwards. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Brian Keaney – children’s event
St Swithun’s upper hall: doors open 11.45am, event starts 12pm. Ages 9-14, free.
Brian Keaney has written 18 novels for children and young people. He will be talking about them and his latest, The Magical Detectives and the Forbidden Spell, and answering questions.
Read more about Brian Keaney; children should be accompanied by an adult.

Ben Aaronovitch and Suzanne McLeod
St Swithun’s upper hall: doors open 2.30pm, event starts 3pm. £4.
Urban fantasy novelists Ben (Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho) and Suzanne (Spellcrackers.com) read from and chat about their books, the fantasy / thriller / mystery genres and using London as a backdrop for their characters.
Read more about Ben Aaronovitch and Suzanne McLeod.

Independent magazines: Ambit, Mustard and Smoke
St Swithun’s upper hall: doors open 4.30pm, event starts 5pm. £4.
Editors from poetry and fiction magazine Ambit, comedy publication Mustard and love letter to London, Smoke, discuss the highs and lows of independent publishing. Last minute addition! Darren Atwater, publisher of Snipe and Terminal City in Vancouver, will also be joining us.
Read more about these magazines.

For Books’ Sake presents: Karen Mcleod and Ellen Lindner
St Swithun’s upper hall: doors open 6.30pm, event starts 7pm. £4.
For Books’ Sake promotes writing by and for independent women. Editor Jane Bradley welcomes novelist and performance artist Karen Mcleod (In Search of the Missing Eyelash), graphic novelist Ellen Lindner to talk about their work and children’s author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre.
Read more about For Books’ Sake.

Sunday 11th September 2011

Gareth P. Jones – children’s event
St Swithun’s upper hall: doors open 9.45am, event starts 10am. Ages 7+, free.
Gareth P. Jones is the author of the Ninja Meerkats series, as well as The Thornthwaite Inheritance and Space Crime Conspiracy. Expect songs, stories and “general nonsense”.
Read more about Gareth P. Jones; children should be accompanied by an adult.

Barbican Young Poets – children’s event
St Swithun’s upper hall: doors open 11.45am, event starts 12pm. Ages 10-16, free.
Barbican Young Poets Greer Dewdney, Aisling Fahey, Kieron Rennie AKA Zionite and Safi Strand perform their work and answer questions about being a poet.
Read more about Barbican Young Poets; children should be accompanied by an adult.

Joe Dunthorne and Lee Rourke
St Swithun’s upper hall: doors open 1.30pm, event starts 2pm. £4.
Acclaimed novelists Joe Dunthorne (Submarine, Wild Abandon) and Lee Rourke (The Canal) read from and talk about their work.
Read more about Joe Dunthorne and Lee Rourke.

Crime time: Oliver Harris, Samuel Bonner and Claire Seeber
St Swithun’s upper hall: doors open 3.30pm, event starts 4pm. £4.
Oliver Harris, whose thriller The Hollow Man is the first in the Detective Nick Belsey series, talks about crime novels with Samuel Bonner, whose novel Playground is written from the point of view of the criminal. Local crime writer Sheila Bugler hosts. Claire Seeber is a last minute addition to this panel!
Read more about Oliver Harris and Samuel Bonner.

Monday 12th September 2011

Samantha Harvey and Jake Wallis Simons
Cafe of Good Hope: doors open 7pm, event starts 7.30pm. £4.
Booker longlisted novelist Samantha Harvey (The Wilderness) and Jake Wallis Simons (The English German Girl, The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew) read from and chat about their work. All proceeds from this event go to the Mizen Foundation.
Read more about Samantha Harvey and Jake Wallis Simons.

Tuesday 13th September 2011

Inspired Word: Conversations with Sisters
Manor House Library: doors open 6.45pm, event starts 7pm. Free.
Local creative writing collective Inspired Word in performance, with Akilah Moseley, Sophia Wilson, Lucreta la Pierre, Jaki Thomas, Karen Small and guests.
Read more about Inspired Word.

An illustrated history of the docklands, with Fiona Rule
St Swithun’s upper hall: doors open 7.45pm, event starts 8pm. £4.
Historian Fiona Rule (London’s Docklands, The Worst Street in London) gives an illustrated talk about the docklands.
Read more about Fiona Rule.

Wednesday 14th September 2011

Skeptics in the Pub present: Science is Stranger than Fiction
St Swithun’s lower hall*: doors open 7pm, event starts 7.30pm. £4.
Sid Rodrigues from Skeptics in the Pub invites scientist and novelist Jennifer L. Rohn (Experimental Heart, The Honest Look) and non-fiction writers Manjit Kumar (Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality) and Michael Brooks (13 Things That Don’t Make Sense) to talk about science writing and science in popular culture.
Read more about Science is Stranger than Fiction.

* We’re very sorry, but there is no disabled access to the lower hall at St Swithun’s. People with mobility problems may also have difficulty getting down the steps.

Thursday 15th September 2011

Londonist.com presents: Performance PoetryBook online
St Swithun’s lower hall: doors open 7pm, event starts 7.30pm. £4.
Londonist.com co-editor Lindsey Clarke introduces seven fantastic poets: Liz Bentley, Ronnie McGrath, Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Tail of the Blue Bird), Janett Plummer, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Nikesh Shukla (Coconut Unlimited) and Ross Sutherland.
Read more about this poetry night.

* We’re very sorry, but there is no disabled access to the lower hall at St Swithun’s. People with mobility problems may also have difficulty getting down the steps.

Londonist.com presents: About London
Lewisham Library: doors open 7.45pm, event starts 8pm. Free.
Londonist.com co-editor Matt Brown talks to three authors of London-centric books: Iphgenia Baal (The Hardy Tree), Mark Mason (Walk the Lines) and Paul Talling (Derelict London, London’s Lost Rivers).
Read more about these London books.

DIY DJ
Ravensbourne Arms: music starts 8.30pm. Free.
From the people who ran Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet at Hither Green Week comes DIY DJ. Bring your literary themed 7″ singles or load them onto your iPod and take to the decks at the Ravensbourne Arms pub.
Read more about DIY DJ.

Friday 16th September 2011

Closing event: Tall TalesBook online
St Swithun’s lower hall: doors open 7pm, event starts 7.30pm. £4.
A night of comedy, music and storytelling for grown-ups, from host Robert Hudson and guests John Finnemore, Helen Arney, Mike Westcott, Hannah Jones, Toby Davies, Ian Leslie and Susannah Pearse.
Read more about Tall Tales.

* We’re very sorry, but there is no disabled access to the lower hall at St Swithun’s. People with mobility problems may also have difficulty getting down the steps.

Non-Festival events happening soon

Marshmallow Blues Club
St Swithun’s church hall, 11th September, 7.30pm. £5.
11th September: White Elephant and NEB.

Celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible
St Swithun’s church hall, 17th-18th September
A celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and the 100th anniversary of the church’s beautiful reredos. A weekend of history, art and music. See the St Swithun’s website for more information.

Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
St Swithun’s church hall, 24th September, 7.30pm, £10 / £12.
Hugely successful at Hither Green Week, Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet returns with 70s and 80s tunes.

Hither Green Cinema
St Swithun’s church hall, 2nd October, time tbc. £3.
This month’s film is the classic Some Like it Hot (PG), starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. See the Hither Green Hall website for more information.

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