Literature Festival

This year Streatham Arts Festival has an exciting new offering for our community. Art and music have long been a key part of the festival, but literature is about to join the mix!

From local to big-name authors, writing competitions, poetry and spoken word, as well as opportunities to meet authors, get bespoke advice from booksellers and librarians on choosing the perfect book for you or your child, and have access to publishing workshops with editors, Streatham Literature Festival will have something for everyone. We’re adding new events to our programme all the time, so be sure to keep an eye on our website and social media platforms for more information.

We had hoped to run a physical festival but, sadly, Coronavirus has put paid to that. We’ll be running our events online this year, and gearing up to take it into the real world in 2021.

Last, but absolutely not least, we are on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to come on board and be part of the team curating and running the literature festival. If this sounds like something you, or someone you know might be interested in, please contact Hannah at literature@streathamfestival.com – we cannot wait to hear from you!

 

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September 2020

Alex Wheatle – Cane Warriors

30 September @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

NOBODY FREE TILL EVERYBODY FREE Join Lambeth Libraries for the launch of the brand-new novel from Guardian Award-winning author Alex Wheatle. Cane Warriors is a deeply compelling story of courage, brotherhood and hope, it follows the true-life slave rebellion known as Tacky’s War in 18th century Jamaica through the eyes of one boy. Alex is the author of several acclaimed novels, many of them inspired by experiences from his childhood. He has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, won the Guardian Children’s…

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October 2020

Black Books for Kids

3 October @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

Join librarian Zoey as she shares some of her favourite books for children and teens written by and about Black People, some of which she'll be giving away! Online event Instagram Live @lambeth_libraries These events are part of Lambeth Black History Month - details showing here from 14th September.

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Rosanna Amaka – The Book Of Echoes

6 October @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

1981: England looks forward to a new decade. But on the streets of Brixton, it's hard to hold onto your dreams, especially if you are a young black man. Racial tensions rumble, and now Michael Watson might land in jail for a crime he did not commit. Thousands of miles away, village girl Ngozi abandons her orange stall for the opportunity to work as a housemaid for a middle-class family. From dusty tracks to gritty pavements, Ngozi and Michael's journey…

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Jamaica, Britain and the Akan Maroon War

8 October @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

Who were the Akan Speaking Maroons of Jamaica? Why did Britain go to war with them? Who were the leaders? CLR James (African-Trinidadian historian, journalist and socialist) wrote: “I was tired of reading and hearing about Africans being persecuted and oppressed in Africa, in the middle passage, in the USA and all over the Caribbean. I made up my mind that I would write a book in which all people of African descent instead of constantly being the object of…

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Hood Feminism – Brixton Radical Reads book group special

9 October @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

Join the reading group to discuss Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that White Feminists Forgot, by author Mikki Kendall. Mikki Kendall has established herself as an important voice in current feminist discourse, and Hood Feminism cements that place. With a compelling, forceful piece, Kendall has written the missive that feminists - especially white feminists - need to remember the racist history of who we are as a movement and to move forward with an intersectional and deliberately anti-racist focus…

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House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons with Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason

14 October @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

Join Kadie Kanneh-Mason to discuss what it takes to raise a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race. In her book House of Music, Kadie looks back to 1963 when her mother, the nineteen-year-old daughter of a Welsh family, defied everyone and sailed off to join her fiancé and his family in Sierra Leone. Through this personal journey and what follows, the book charts the story of immigration, determination and hard work of a remarkable family succeeding…

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Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging with author Tessa McWatt

19 October @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

‘What are you?’ Tessa McWatt knows first-hand that the answer to this question, often asked by white people, is always more complicated than it seems. Is the answer English, Scottish, British, Caribbean, Portuguese, Indian, Amerindian, French, African, Chinese, Canadian? Like most families, hers is steeped in myth and the anecdotes of grandparents and parents who view their histories through the lens of desire, aspiration, loss, and shame. In Shame On Me Tessa unspools all the interwoven strands of her inheritance,…

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The Autumn Glories present: Grabbing a bit of history as we go along the way

20 October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

Lambeth Theatricals Drama Group the Autumn Glories are proud to present Grabbing a bit of history as we go along the way - an online oral history production with a live Q&A for Lambeth’s Black History Month celebrations. Join us as we share childhood memories, stories and poems, looking at the ups and downs of our own life histories. As a group of Lambeth women aged from 50 to 80+, we all know that life’s tales are full of humour…

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The First Woman with author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

26 October @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi follows Kirabo on her journey to become a young woman and to find her place in the world, as her country is transformed by the dictatorship of Idi Amin. Jennifer has written a sweeping tale of longing and rebellion, at once epic and deeply personal, combining an intoxicating mix of ancient Ugandan folklore and contemporary feminism. Jennifer is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer acclaimed for her prize-winning first novel, Kintu, she…

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Family Tree Making Workshop

28 October @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Event United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Join Dr Audrey Allwood, author of Belonging in Brixton: An Ethnography of Migrant West Indian Elders in Brixton for a Family Tree Making Workshop. After researching her own ancestry Audrey constructed a family genealogy narrative, or a ‘book’ as her brother called it, containing her family tree. It is both interesting and valuable to know the influences that shaped our ways of being, leaving the story for present and future generations to know and add to. Here Audrey touches on…

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The Windrush Generation: 492 Korna Klub Interactive Performance

29 October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

492 Korna Klub presents a live interactive performance and community debate about the Windrush Generation. We have been creatively working over the summer to explore all the issues around the Windrush Generation and their Kin. We are living in a Historic moment, join the 492 Korna Klub on the global stage for a virtual performance so that we can connect and join the dialogue about how we can move forwards in this hostile environment whilst celebrating and commemorating the Windrush…

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Kwame and the Lockdown

30 October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online Event United Kingdom
Free

How can Black men survive COVID19 and remain proactive during these challenging and uncertain times? How do we ensure that Black men are not the first to die in this ongoing pandemic? What are the current obstacles Black men face in the time of lockdown? What can Black men do collectively to look after their Mental Health & Wellbeing and address our current reality? How can Black men support and guide the next generation so that we are better prepared…

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