The 2022 Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival festival is back in May and June with a series of inspirational events to suit all tastes. We’re delighted to welcome you to the Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Festival. Since the first festival, it has become a regular highlight in the calendar and goes from strength to strength. Whether you enjoy reading, writing, discussions, or simply sitting back and listening. Come and join us and express yourself! You’ll be amazed at the fun you can have in your local library.
Books and writers
The programme includes author readings and talks including:
- Visiting Californian author Leila Mottley with Nightcrawling, her debut novel inspired by the true story of a shocking scandal engulfing a police department.
- Edward VIII and Nazi attempts to recruit him to their cause.
- Costa Award-shortlisted Tim Finch’s prescient novel Peace Talks.
- Tony Fairweather – founder of the Windrush Collection – with a Windrush experience.
- International bestseller Karen Rose’s Crime Night online from Florida, discussing her Sacramento Series.
- Miss Aldridge Regrets – mystery from Louise Hare – in 1930s Soho, a stranger offers Lena Aldridge a Queen Mary ticket bound for Broadway.
- Archivist Jon Newman details how seeing Herne Hill’s natural environment changed influenced John Ruskin.
- Dayo Olomu, author of Amazon bestseller The Premium Leader discussing effective leadership in a hybrid world.
- A slice of post-war Brixton Market in Pomeranski – with a wonderful assortment of criminals and traders in ‘swag’.
Events also include
- Story-writing workshop with poet Helen Bowell for the City of Stories – Home project celebrating libraries as places to make and share stories.
- 20 stall ‘zine fair’ with work by writers, artists and creatives to read, buy and swap.
- LGBTQ+ book club discussion of James Baldwin’s classic Giovanni’s Room
- Folk Night starring Anglo-French musicians Topette.
- Poets and authors panel with Where We Find Ourselves: Poems and Stories from U.K. Writers of the Global Majority anthology
- West Camel and David F Ross in conversation about their writing including new novels.
- Neighbourhood Voices – Local playwrights, recently trained through Young Vic’s ‘Taking Part’, have created a tapestry of life from the 1970s to 1985.
- Windrush Playback Stories – Audience members’ real life stories enacted on the spot by Storytellers and musicians.
- Lambeth libraries, in collaboration with West Norwood FEAST, hosts the Spring local businesses fair.
- Opportunity for 10 participants to join two Camberwell College of Arts workshops hosted by writers
For a full programme of the month’s events and booking links see the dedicated Festival guide online or pick up a guide at your local Lambeth library