Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival Spring to Summer 2021

26 April 2021

Written by: Lambeth Council

Arts, culture and events

This year’s Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers’ Festival include fiction, biography, culture, competitions, book clubs and events for kids.

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Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival Spring to Summer 2021

Our 2021 festival is a month-long programme of inspirational events through May into early June.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, said: “I’m delighted to welcome you to Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Festival. In the 17 years since the first festival, it’s become a regular highlight and goes from strength to strength. In 2021 we have events to suit all tastes – reading, writing, discussion 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.”

Amazing true stories

Biography: Paul Morley on Bob Dylan

Biography: Paul Morley on Bob Dylan

Authors’ readings and Q&A sessions on biographies including:

  • Bob Dylan by Paul Morley
  • Polish war hero Witold Pilecki who volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz to create an underground resistance there.
  • Mariella Novotny, whose suspected murder prevented her finishing her memoirs of political scandal in the USA and UK and undercover investigations police work.

Fascinating Fiction

Talk to writers about their new fiction:

  • Patrick McGrath – Last Days in Cleaver Square: A Spanish Civil War veteran confronts his past.

    Author Nadifa Mohamed & book cover 'Fortune Men'

    Fiction: Nadifa Mohamed & her book

  • Leone Ross – This One Sky Day: Star-crossed lovers try to find their way back to one another across one day.
  • Nadifa Mohamed – The Fortune Men: Tiger Bay’s Mahmood is a chancer – not a murderer. But when a shopkeeper is murdered, suspicion falls on him.
  • A night to celebrate Love, Life, Laughter… and school-run affairs! Anstey Harris’ heart-breaking new Where We Belong, James Bailey’s hilarious debut The Flipside, Mike Gayle’s life-affirming new novel, All the Lonely People, and Eva Verde’s bittersweet debut Lives Like Mine.

Cultural studies

 Reading groups & book clubs


  • Writing competition 15 May 2021#DigitalOriginals #OneDay open submission day (#LoveLamLibOneDay) exclusively for Lambeth residents, enabling authors to submit their first three chapters, for the first time, directly to the editorial team. For entry details and information see Simon & Schuster’s Books and the City website
  • Test your knowledge with our fun Literary bingo with quiz questions everyday.

    Digital originals Simon & Schuster authors' competition logo

    Digital originals Simon & Schuster authors’ competition logo

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