Streatham’s hot literary ticket showcases local talent and big names


The Streatham Festival is back to its live event format and will take place from Friday 8 October to Sunday 17 October celebrating all aspects of the arts in Streatham, and promoting the work of artists, musicians, and creatives as well as the many venues of all kinds in the local area. The Streatham Festival organisers are now calling on Streathamites and Londoners to visit the festival website and book tickets and register for some of the many events and activities.

STREATHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL – The inaugural festival last year drew Zoom audiences from as far afield as India and California as well holding successful socially distanced in-person sessions. It also created two literary walks around Streatham in collaboration with The Ramblers and The Streatham Society.

On Sunday 9th October, Streatham Space Project Sternhold Avenue, Streatham, London SW2 4PA will host the Streatham Sunday Special – a day of workshops, readings and discussions followed by spoken word, music, and poetry from Vocals and Verses in the evening.

China expert and former diplomat, Roger Garside, discusses his controversial new book, China Coup and his hypothesis that the current Chinese government will be removed from within.

The Streatham Sunday Special begins with the award-winning Clip Theatre’s Bring Baby Drag Storytime in the purpose-built Streatham Space Project theatre space.

A talk and creative workshop by award-winning children’s author Kate Wilkinson (Edie and the Box of Flits), follows.

Nicola Williams takes the floor with local MP, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, to discuss Nicola’s re-published novel, Without Prejudice, which Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo has cited as a pioneering book depicting black Britain that remaps the nation.

Journalist and author, Elizabeth Moore will run a lunchtime session for aspiring authors to learn about publishing pitfalls, how to get work in front of an agent, and will share her journey to bestseller and Netflix series.

Louise Fein (The Hidden Child) and Victoria Scott (Patience) will be in conversation about their novels, each written from the perspective of a new voice – those who don’t really have one.

Actress Catherine Russell will give an exclusive live reading of Sam Russell’s’ book, Evergreen, the first in an audio trilogy of fantasy novels released chapter-by-chapter as a podcast, followed by a discussion of this new way of publishing.

A panel of 3 local self-published authors will discuss their experiences of self-publishing with Elizabeth Moore.

Award-Winning comedian and podcaster, Rosie Wilby (The Breakup Monologues: The Unexpected Joy of Heartbreak) presents a comedy talk exploring the science of breaking up and the funniest breakup stories.

Award-winning music biographer, Lesley-Ann Jones and musician Tony Moore discuss Lesley-Ann’s latest book, Love of My Life: The Life and Loves of Freddie Mercury Lesley-Ann contributes regularly to radio and TV documentaries and the popular podcast, Life on Planet Porky.

Tickets cost only £5 a session, 3 tickets for £10, and up to 5 tickets for £15 from Streatham Space Project via this link.