Once again Harris Girls’ Academy is celebrating the literary arts with opportunities open to our local community, including performances, readings and talks. The theme for 2016 is Growing Up, with many of the scheduled events focusing on childhood, adolescence and old age.

This year all of our public events will be run in partnership with the Ivy House, our local Community led Inn on Stuart Road.

From Monday 4th July – Friday 8th July, students will be taking part in a range of activities linked to the theme throughout the week including hosting a tea party for residents from an elderly care home, a pop-up bookshop at our local primary school, performances by the Combat Veteran Players and the burial of our very own time capsule!



Tuesday 5th July: Spark London: Story Telling

7.30pm. Connecting people through stories. Spark London is true stories told from the stage. Driven by the principals of community, authenticity and sharing, storytelling nights have been popping up across London and one of the most popular is Spark.

Every week Spark hold nights in venues across the city which include open-mic nights as well as curated evenings which are recorded and turned into a monthly podcast by acclaimed producer Matt Hill.

Following the festival’s theme Growing Up, a number of storytellers will share their tales before offering the mic to audience members who feel inspired to tell their own true story.

Expect the unusual, the hilarious, the tragic and the heart warming.


Wednesday 6th July: Live Music: Poppy Ajudha

7.30pm. Poppy Ajudha is a musician from South East London who merges elements of soul and jazz with funky rhythms. As an artist she has released on Catching Flies’ own record label with Clash Magazine and had tracks remixed by the likes of Imagined Herbal Flows, Tom Misch and Uffe. Her spellbinding vocals have graced tracks and live sets from acts such as Sumochief, Ben Hayes, Othasoul, VI & SE Dub Collective and with recognition steadily building and a continual thirst for writing, you can expect a lot more to come from Poppy Ajudha this year.

Poppy will be performing with a live band at the Ivy House on Stuart Road.

Thursday 7th July: Harris Girls Academy Literary pub Quiz

7.30pm. Mr Brown will host a quick fire quiz with a literary theme including a picture and music round! Join us with your knowledge of literary greats, from Charles Dickens to JK Rowling! Teams of 6. Entry £1 per person

Tickets for all public events are available in advance from the school reception as well on Eventbrite.  If events are not sold out, tickets will be available on the door at all events. Do contact us at the details below if you have any questions or queries.

The Festival for our Students

In the lead-up to our festival, students will be looking at the theme of Growing Up in their English lessons through texts such as Pygmalion, Refugee Boy, Frankenstein, Of Mice and Men and Kindertransport. We have been running special projects such as lectures on Black British Poetry with Dr Leila Kamali from Goldsmith’s Caribbean and Diaspora Centre and some of the outcomes of this work will be celebrated during the festival. Throughout the week our students will have opportunities to see performances, take part in workshops and contribute to our school time capsule. The school bookshop ‘Tales on the Rye’ – run in partnership with ‘Tales on Moon Lane will be running a pop-up bookshop at all events.

Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich, Homestall Road, London SE22 0NR

How to find us: Easy to find, we are on bus route 343 and 484 from Peckham and Camberwell, and only ten minutes from Peckham Rye, Nunhead and Honor Oak stations.

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