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Dulwich Literary Festival 2018

Jo Brand, Nick Hewer, Kamal Ahmed, Ben Macintyre and John Suchet will headline main weekend, 7th – 11th November. Two additional events to take place at November’s West Norwood Feast. Dulwich Literary Festival returns this November with an unmissable line-up of speakers who will kick-off London’s winter literary calendar. Under the theme of rough music, an ancient traditional means of expressing dissent, the festival will celebrate those who have rejected social norms and oppression in the name of progress. Headliners include much-loved comedian Jo Brand, The Apprentice star and Countdown host Nick Hewer, the BBC’s Kamal Ahmed, historian Ben Macintyre and Classic FM presenter John Suchet. They will be welcomed to the halls of Dulwich College and Dulwich Books alongside novelists Melissa Harrison and Sulaiman Addonia, historian Simon Heffer, and writer Louis de Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), for a programme of discussions that will look back on the World Wars in commemoration of one hundred years of Armistice, probe pressing issues of contemporary international conflict, and celebrate the unifying power of music. Commenting on the …

Village Books – Autumn events

  An Afternoon with Lauren Child Join Village Books for an afternoon with the current Children’s Laureate as she looks at the inspiration behind her work, the magic of reading and writing for children, and how ideas can come from anywhere. Lauren Child is best known as the creator of the successful book series Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. Sunday 4th November, 3pm at The MCT at Alleyns School, Townley Road, Dulwich SE21 8SU Tickets: Adult £10, child £7, child and book £20 (includes entry and an illustrated edition of Mary Poppins). Michael Palin – Erebus Join the former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter – as he discusses his books and writing, and brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus. Michael will be in conversation with comedian, novelist and television presenter David Baddiel. Monday 5th November, 7.30pm at The MCT at Alleyns School, Townley Road, Dulwich SE21 8SU. Tickets: Ticket and book £25, Entry for two and one book £35. A signed copy of Erebus: The Story of a Ship by Michael Palin is …

‘A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche’ with Sue Prideaux

Join Dulwich Books on Thursday 18th October to hear award-winning author, Sue Prideaux, as she talks about her illuminating new biography, I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche. She invites the reader into the world of a brilliant, eccentric and deeply troubled man and explodes the myths around his life and work. From his placid, devoutly Christian upbringing, overshadowed by the mysterious death of his father, through his lonely philosophising on high mountains, to the horror and pathos of his final descent into madness, Prideaux explores Nietzsche’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual life with insight and sensitivity. The book is studded with unforgettable portraits of the people who were most important to him, including Richard and Cosima Wagner, Lou Salome – the femme fatale who broke his heart – and his rabidly nationalist and anti-Semitic sister Elizabeth, who betrayed him by manipulating his texts and putting them to infinite misuse at the hands of the Nazis. Today, Nietzsche’s ideas continue to be adopted by both the left and the right. Talk from Sue Prideaux on …

Southwark coach publishes book for artists who want to succeed and thrive

Southwark based coach, Deborah Henry-Pollard, will publish her first book, “What’s Your Excuse for not Succeeding as an Artist”, on 1st October. This self-help book looks at the excuses which stop artists fulfilling their potential. Whether it is myths or mindsets holding them back, Deborah offers simple, practical advice and inspiring ideas to take artists to the next level. Whether you’re a weekend artist wishing you could turn your talent into a business or a professional wishing for more exposure and recognition, this book can help. Feel you lack the resources or the confidence, or that your creative dream is too risky? Overcome all of these excuses and many more so that you can develop your potential, enjoy more success and thrive as an artist. The excuses are drawn from Deborah’s experience over 10 years of coaching artists through her company, Catching Fireworks®. She works with creative professionals, helping them to find clarity, overcome blocks and get into action. “Deborah’s writing, much like her coaching, is straightforward and pragmatic, with her years of accumulated knowledge …

Festival America Launches in London

Dulwich Books will host an event with Jonathan Ames (25 September) as part of Festival America, the much-lauded French festival which makes its debut in London this year (24-27th September) in venues around Traflagar Square and in Dulwich. Founded in Paris in 2002,  Festival America celebrates the finest contemporary writing from the Americas. In its inaugural year, the focus country is Canada and the festival will welcome some of the country’s most celebrated writers and debut novelists to London including Patrick DeWitt, Andrée Michaud, Heather O’Neill, Michael Redhill and Guy Vanderhaeghe. They will speak alongside writers from North America including Nathan Hill, Sarah Churchwell, Jonathan Ames and Ivy Pochoda. Jonathan Ames is the creator of TV series including Blunt Talk and Bored to Death; he is also the author of the novel You Were Never Really Here, made into a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. His 1998 novel the Extra Man riffs on New York high society and is a tale of friendship and frustration, cocktails and cross-dressing. Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott’s novel portrays Truman Capote and his betrayal of the women he appeared to need and adore – his Swans, inhabitants of the upper East Side who gave him an entrée and …