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CROUCH END LITERARY FESTIVAL

FRIDAY 23rd FEB

7:30 -10:30pm  WURDS + MUSIC A unique üF-Beat Fringe Music Club Special.

A night of spoken word from top writers and poets with improvised music and visual fxs. Also featuring some of London’s best creative and experimental, jazz, electronic, rock, and classical musicians.

THE HOLY EYE, Holy Innocents Church, Tottenham Lane N8 7EL

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7pm                  Spoken Word LDN/Verbal Discharge/Insurgent Press

                        A night of spoken word, poetry, open mic and fun with Rob Hennebry + Brian Kelly

                        ALL GOOD BOOK SHOP, 35 Turnpike Lane, N8 0EP.

Tickets www.allgoodbookshop.co.uk

 

7pm                  NO QUARTER by Barry Bermange, performed by the Crouch End Players.

                        Playwright Bermange lived in Hornsey and No Quarter was first performed in1962.

It uses a unique approach - the play is set in almost darkness.

THE INTIMATE SPACE, St Mary’s Tower, Hornsey Village N8 7NT  www.CrouchEndPlayers.co.uk

SATURDAY 24th FEB

LIBRARY

 

12:45pm           FESTIVAL LAUNCH – ORIGINAL GALLERY

 

 

1-2:30pm          THE WILD RAMBLINGS  6 young emerging writers present their work in an innovative way. With Penelope Diaz, Dan Crute, Roxanne Donovan, Giovanna Koyama, Melanie Coles, Ethan Norley, Jamies Zubairi, with reader Alison Ball.

Remember – all events are child friendly – so bring your kids – it may inspire them to become a writer.

                        THE ORIGINAL GALLERY, Hornsey Library, N8 9JA

 

 

1:15-2:15pm     WORKSHOP: Self Publishing Without the Stress – Dave Cohen, comedian, top TV comedy writer, Horrible Histories lyricist and now self-published novelist talks you through the pleasures and pitfalls of doing it yourself. Pay what you can on the door - all proceeds to Hornsey Food Bank.

COMMUNITY ROOM, Hornsey Library

 

 

2-4pm               GAW Gay Authors Workshop part of LGBT+ History Month. Members of GAW will be reading some published and unpublished pieces, and invite audience members to ask questions and any budding writers to read something of theirs.

MAIN AREA, Hornsey Library

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2:30-3:30pm     MEET THE AUTHORS: THRILLER Two thriller writers, James Woolf (Indefensible, a legal thriller) + Kevin Acott (As Soon as You're Born) reveal what inspires them, how they approach writing thrillers and talk about the story behind their books. Expect a gripping session. Remember – all events are child friendly – so bring your kids – it may inspire them to become a writer.

                        THE ORIGINAL GALLERY, Hornsey Library

 

 

2:30-3:15pm     MEET THE AUTHOR: Poet Cath Drake, with guest poet Kate Shortt. The Shaking City (long listed in international Laurel Prize and highly commended in the UK Forward Prize) conjures a threatened world and the pleasure it takes in language as an act of grace. Her poems burst with images of tilt and teeter, life at an angle, on the verge of disaster while rich with transformation. Sleeping with Rivers, was a Poetry Book Society Choice & winner of the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize.

COMMUNITY ROOM, Hornsey Library

 

 

3:30-4:15pm     MEET THE AUTHOR: Alexis Keir, author of Windward Family, which explores the lives of people who over generations have travelled from the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent to England. Alexis’ parents came from Saint Vincent to the UK in the 60s and raised their family in London and Luton. ‘A powerful meditation on what it means to belong.’ The Times Literary Supplement. Alexis tells his personal journey and story behind this fascinating book.

                        COMMUNITY ROOM, Hornsey Library

 

 

3:45-4:30pm     CHILDRENS READING: Katerina Petridou, author, actor, teacher, reads from her book When War Took off His Cloak. A story about our ability to choose and change the world and about our common humanity. War and Peace are personified and presented through the five senses. It’s not scary! Suitable for 6 -12 year olds.

                        CHILDRENS LIBRARY, IMMERSIVE ROOM, Hornsey Library

 

 

 

4:30-5:15pm     MEET THE AUTHOR: Jeff Probst reads from his novel, When the Moon was White, a charming, surreal and idiosyncratic tale set in the 60s. The story involves a Moon Centre, NASA, a space rocket, a plan to paint the moon – and a man who manipulates a laid-back US town for his own gains. Jeff reveals the story behind the story and what inspired the book, including his time in Hornsey, where he’s lived for 30 years. Remember – all events are child friendly – so bring your kids – it may inspire them to become a writer.

COMMUNITY ROOM, Hornsey Library

 

 

 

 

4-5.30pm          SEVEN POETS IN TRANSLATION. LOVERS, EXILES, AND VISIONARIES.

The personal. The political. The prophetic. A unique event, celebrating poets from Germany, France, Italy and Russia in translation, presented by award-winning poet-translators: Martyn Crucefix, Timothy Adès, Peter Daniels and Caroline Maldonado.

Discover the influential and inspiring works of: Robert Desnos, Laura Fusco, Peter Huchel, Victor Hugo, Vladislav Khodasevich, Isabella Morra, Angèle Paoli, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Rocco Scotellaro.

THE ORIGINAL GALLERY, Hornsey Library

 

 

(5pm Library officially closes, but reopens for special events)

 

 

5:45pm             IN CONVERSATION. How to Write a Novel. Guardian film critic and author,

1hr                   Peter Bradshaw, interviews award winning local author Linda Grant. A local author of five non-fiction books and seven novels. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction for “When I Lived in Modern Times” and the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literature for the "Art of Reportage". Her latest book, “The Story of the Forest” was shortlisted for the 2023 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.

                        ORIGINAL GALLERY, Hornsey Library

Tickets £8 Proceeds to Hornsey Food Bank

www.crouchendfestival.org/copy-of-crouch-end-lit-fest-events

 

6.30-7:15pm     MEET THE AUTHOR: Pony Louder - Memory of Blood and Octopus – winner of NOVEL OF THE YEAR - Grindstone Literary Prize. Highly acclaimed, Pony’s writing takes her characters across different countries and time lines. Power and emotional, Pony will take you on a journey to discover the fascinating stories behind her stories. Remember – all events are child friendly – so bring your kids – it may inspire them to become a writer.

COMMUNITY ROOM, Hornsey Library

 

 

7:30-8:30pm     DYSLEXIA WRITERS – Playing With Words! Explore the world of words seen through the eyes of dyslexcs. Discover authors, like Agatha Christie, who were dyslexic. The secret to writing as a dyslexic. With Dyslexic Poet Sam Rapp, Dr Chris Arnold (Dyversity Lab) and Lennie Varvarides + Kazimir Bielecki (DYSPLA).

                        Remember – all events are child friendly. If you are dyslexic or have kids who are, do come.

ORIGINAL GALLERY, Hornsey Library

 

 

9pm                  Library closes.

 

 

 

 

OTHER VENUES

 

 

1:30pm             LOCAL VOICES DISCUSSION PANEL. A discussion panel talking about

'The Local Voices' diversity writing project with writers from the project as well as guest author John McMenemie and editor Damien Mosley of Indie Novella.

ALL GOOD BOOK SHOP, 35 Turnpike Lane, N8 0EP.

 

 

2-4pm               POETS IN A PHONE BOX with legendary local poet and artist, Alan Wolfson + others. Knock on the door and they’ll read you a poem.

                        PHONE BOX by the green/HTH, opposite Boots.

 

 

3pm                  HOW TO SELL A MILLION BOOKS (and then how not to). Million selling author, Rohan Candappa, talks about his careering career as a writer. Always entertaining!

ART HOUSE. 159 Tottenham Lane, N8 9BT

 

 

5pm                  NO QUARTER by Barry Bermange, performed by the Crouch End Players.

                        Playwright Bermange lived in Hornsey and No Quarter was first performed in1962.

It uses a unique approach - the play is set in almost darkness.

7pm                  THE INTIMATE SPACE, St Mary’s Tower, Hornsey Village N8 7NT www.CrouchEndPlayers.co.uk  (note: 2 shows 5pm and 7pm)

SUNDAY 25th FEB

LIBRARY

 

1-2pm               WORKSHOP: How to Write Funny Fiction. Crime, romance, sci-fi, adventure - whatever you’re writing, you can always make it better by adding humour.

Dave Cohen has for 40 years been one of Britain’s top comedy writers and performers. He’s written for dozens of TV and radio shows including Have I Got News For You, Not Going Out and nearly 100 songs for the multi BAFTA winning Horrible Histories. Find out how to make your novels 62% funnier. Pay what you can on the door - all proceeds to Hornsey Food Bank.

COMMUNITY ROOM, Hornsey Library

 

 

2:30pm             TBC  COMMUNITY ROOM, Hornsey Library

 

 

1-2pm               FORGED IN SPAIN + THE END OF EVERYTHING – Authors Richard Baxell and Adrián Gordaliza Vega talk about their books. Two authors explore two different contexts in the past and the present, examining the impact of these dramatic changes on both individuals and society itself.

Historian Richard Baxelll explores the journey of those that were drawn from Britain to Spain during the civil war and how it changed them. Spanish born Adrián Gordaliza Vega talks about the current state of a world in turmoil and how we are seeing the end of everything as we know it. A fascinating, thought provoking and mind opening session for sure!

THE ORIGINAL GALLERY, Hornsey Library

 

 

 

3-4pm               IN CONVERSATION. "The year that could change everything or nothing: elections, war and economic stagnation”.

Local MP Catherine West interviews ITV Political Editor Robert Peston and top political podcaster Steve Richards about the opportunities and risks of this big election year. They discuss Robert’s new books  The Crash and Bust? Plus Steve’s Turning Point. Expect a thought provoking and fascinating session.

THE ORIGINAL GALLERY, Hornsey Library

Tickets £8 Proceeds to Hornsey Food Bank

www.crouchendfestival.org/copy-of-crouch-end-lit-fest-events

 

 

(4pm Library officially closes, but reopens for special events)

 

 

4:30-5:30pm     IN CONVERSATION. Guardian film critic and author, Peter Bradshaw, interviews                       Mat Baynton, comedian, actor, musician, writer, star of Horrible Histories, film Bill,

co-creator of Ghosts, Yonderland and The Wrong Mans, and plays Fickelgruber in Wonka. Mat is a fascinating and funny character, so expect an entertaining session.

MAIN AREA, Hornsey Library

Tickets £8 Proceeds to Hornsey Food Bank

www.crouchendfestival.org/copy-of-crouch-end-lit-fest-events

6-8pm POETS + MUSIC + OPEN MIC presented by Literary Waves Publishing. Featuring Anna Maria Mickiewicz, Mary Duggan, Black Dog Hat, Daniella Maria POETS: M. Anne Alexander, David Clark, Anna Meryt, Andrew Rea, Alex Slawiński,
Anthony Smith, Ted Smith-Orr, Camilla Reeve, Steve Rushton and others.. Buffet supplied by MUMS. Confirmation: literary_waves@yahoo.com
THE ORIGINAL GALLERY, Hornsey Library

 

 

6pm                  Library closes

 

 

 

OTHER VENUES

 

4pm                  HOW TO SELL A MILLION BOOKS (and then how not to). Million selling author, Rohan Candappa, talks about his careering career as a writer. Always entertaining!

ART HOUSE. 159 Tottenham Lane, N8 9BT

 

 

5pm                  NO QUARTER by Barry Bermange, performed by the Crouch End Players.

                        Playwright Bermange lived in Hornsey and No Quarter was first performed in1962.

It uses a unique approach - the play is set in almost darkness.

7pm                  THE INTIMATE SPACE, St Mary’s Tower, Hornsey Village N8 7NT www.CrouchEndPlayers.co.uk  (note: 2 shows 5pm and 7pm)

 

 

7.30pm             EVERYDAY ANALYSIS - 'Realism + Identity’ with psychoanalyst Ian Parker and Professor Alfie Brown. Grab a beer and join the discission.

                        STAPLETON TAVERN, 2-4 Crouch Hill, N4 4AU 

www.everydayanaysis.co.uk

 

 

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Venues:

HORNSEY LIBRARY, Haringey Park, London N8 9JA

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THE HOLY EYE, Holy Innocents Church, Tottenham Lane N8 7EL  www.facebook.com/groups/ufbeat

ALL GOOD BOOK SHOP, 35 Turnpike Lane, N8 0EP. Tickets www.allgoodbookshop.co.uk

THE INTIMATE SPACE, St Mary’s Tower, Hornsey Village N8 7NT  www.CrouchEndPlayers.co.uk

THE ARTHOUSE, 59A Tottenham Lane, N8 9BT  www.arthousecrouchend.co.uk/

WATERSTONES, 2-4 The Broadway, N8 9SN  www.waterstones.com/bookshops/london-crouch-end

STAPLETON TAVERN, 2-4 Crouch Hill, N4 4AU  www.stapletontavern.com

POETS IN A PHONE BOX – outside the green/Hornsey Town Hall, opposite Boots.

www.seriouslyyouthinkaphoneboxhasaurl.com/conned   

 

More information: www.crouchendfestival.org 

 

 

In association with Hornsey Library, Haringey Council, The Art House, Waterstones, All Good Book Shop and The Intimate Space.

 

Thanks to the Friends of Hornsey Library

 

And thanks to the wonderful and dedicated staff at Hornsey Library – we couldn't have done this without you!

 

Funded by the Crouch End Festival.

©2024 Crouch End Festival / London Community Arts CIC.

 

Main organisers: Chris Arnold + Dave Cohen

Contact Chris vichris@me.com  07778 056686


Thank you for supporting
Crouch End Literary Festival
 – it was a huge success!


 

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