Streatham Literature Festival

Streatham Literature Festival will be back with us very soon on 10 October 2021, with more stories to tell and authors to meet in person. We can’t wait to welcome you to this year’s events; whether you were in our first audience in 2020 and returning this year, or you are a newcomer. 

We’ve got local authors and big names, creative writing workshops and a children’s short story writing competition, comedy, poetry and spoken word. As well as opportunities to meet the authors, you can get bespoke recommendations from booksellers and librarians to help you choose the perfect book for you, or your child. Streatham Literature Festival has something for everyone.

We’ve listed everything on our programme for you to scroll through and learn a little bit more. Booking is simple – just click on the links provided. We’ve also added a few other links to interesting bits ‘n’ pieces about the authors, and their publications or podcasts.

We could not produce the festival without the help of our volunteers. If you would like to be part of the team curating and running the literature festival next year, please sign up via our new Festival Volunteers page, or contact Hannah, Literature Festival Coordinator at


A live event at Streatham Space Project
A whole day of workshops, readings and discussions with authors, followed by spoken word, music, and poetry to celebrate Black History Month. Streatham Space Project, Streatham’s very own purpose-built theatre space next to Streatham Hill Station will once again play host, and provides a great venue for the events we have curated.
Moon Lane Ink C.I.C are Streatham Literature Festival’s Partner Bookseller.

Scroll down for the complete line-up with details of dates/times and how to book.

Children’s Short Story Competition 2021

It’s time for the Streatham Literature Festival Short Story Competition which this year, is kindly sponsored by 

The White House Prep School, who have provided some excellent resources to support your writing journey. 

The competition is open to all primary-aged children and there are two categories: years 1-3 and years 4-6.

If your school or group would like to take part, please contact

for some helpful resources and a lesson plan.

If you would like to take part privately, please email your short story of no more than 500 words

with ‘SHORT STORY’ in the subject line. Please be sure to include your name, age, and school year along with your submission. 

The winners will be announced at the Christmas Lights Switch-On event in December. @3mX)


You have until Monday 1st November to send us your short story entry for this year’s competition. We look forward to receiving lots and lots of entries, to keep our judges busy reading your stories, as the long dark nights approach!

Watch the video and see below for all resources and guidance on how to write the perfect short story.