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The Dulwich Literary Festival Returns!

The Dulwich Literary Festival returns 6th -13th November with an unmissable week of events featuring the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans Jung Chang, Booker Prize-winning writer Howard Jacobson, TV presenter and children’s author Konnie Huq, and the sensational author behind BBC hit series Apple Tree Yard, Louise Doughty. A highlight of the London literary calendar, this year’s festival will take place at Dulwich College, the festival’s venue partner, and Dulwich Books, opening with an enlightening event on ‘mudlarking’ with Lara Maiklem. Lara will uncover a new history of the old city through 15 years of findings from the banks of the River Thames. Classicist, stand-up comedian & Radio 4 broadcaster Natalie Haynes will kick start the main weekend with a Friday night foray into the women myths forgot as she discusses her new book A Thousand Ships, a retelling of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. By giving voices to the women the myths forgot, Natalie brings new life to these ancient tales. The weekend will also include an opportunity to hear acclaimed …

Herne Hill Music Festival: 4-13th October 2019

This year’s festival celebrates a a wealth of music in 21 events, in an even wider variety of styles than before. On Friday 4th October, the festival kicks off at the Half Moon pub with a performance of modern jazz tune arrangements and tributes from our very own Herne Hill local Becky Handley and her band, for which is sure to be an entertaining prologue. The same evening they have a 2019-approach to “contemporary classical music”, with a live electronic performance from nonclassical composer Gabriel Prokofiev, in the walls of Off The Cuff. The following day, Saturday 5th, the festival invites local performers to take part for the first time as musical participants, with the Wind and Brass Playday at St Faith’s church, as well as A Fun Afternoon of Music for younger players at Methodist Hall, facilitated by an inspirational musician and leader. Please visit the festival website for more information and to sign up. That evening, world music lovers can enjoy tasteful and curious amalgamations of Gypsy, Jazz, Classical, Indian, Turkish and Balkan music from Faith I Branco on accordion and violin at Off The Cuff. Also there, on Sunday October …

Balham Literary Festival announces 2019 line-up

The Balham Literary Festival returns 13-25th June with a spectacular line-up featuring vegan cooking star Rachel Ama, novelist Max Porter, crime writer Mick Herron and esteemed philosopher AC Grayling. A staple of the London literary calendar, this year’s festival will host a dazzling array of events with discussions ranging from climate change to crime fiction, whilst celebrating some of best talent south London has to offer. Highlights of the festival are set to include an event with AC Grayling who will preview his new book The History of Philosophy, delving into some of the greatest minds in the world from antiquity to present; former Crystal Palace resident Max Porter will discuss his audacious, strange and wonderful new workLanny, the follow-up to his hugely successful Grief is the Thing with Feathers; and YouTube sensationRachel Ama will share quick and easy recipes from her new book Vegan Eats. Addressing pressing social concerns, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Adam Weymouth will discuss his prize-winning book Kings of the Yukon and reflect on the environmental issues …

Brockley Max

Brockley Max, one of the cultural highlights of South East London, returns for its 18th year from 31st May – 8th June, filling the Brockley, Crofton Park, Honor Oak and Ladywell areas with art and music for everyone. The Festival has been growing in size since it started in 2001 and features films, concerts, art installations, theatre, activities for children and much more taking over venues across the borough. With many of the events being free to attend this is a great opportunity to experience the talent of the area and further afield. The festival starts with a bang with the Opening Night Concert at Brockley Station. Starting at 4.30pm there will be a mixture of acts performing covering various musical styles. Over the next 9 days you can find various events taking place such as: Brockleywood Nights a Showcase for local filmmaking talent taking place at The Rivoli Ballroom Acoustic Anarchy – an acoustic folk, punk, and alternative night at waterintobeer And Then There Were None – a murder mystery play set in an island …

Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House

This Spring, the inaugural Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House will launch and give visitors access to more than 80 artists in their studios and local spaces for the first time. Covering the full spectrum of media – from painting, watercolour, sculpture, design, crafts, and photography – the event will celebrate the local creative community and put SE19 back on the map as a cultural destination for artists, collectors, Londoners and tourists alike. “Open House is a passionate free initiative that will give an amazing platform to the Crystal Palace artists. It will also offer visitors an exploration of hidden venues and off-the-beaten track studios. I’m thrilled to announce that 80 artists and artisans have already signed up. It will reveal Crystal Palace as an undiscovered creative gem.” Anna Jacobs, founder of The Crystal Palace’s Open House and exhibiting artist. “Drawing inspiration from luminaries such as painters Camille Pissarro and William White Warren who both visited the area in their lifetime and depicted local scenes and landscapes, this event will honour contemporary artists and activate exceptional sites.” …