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crouch end literary festival
'in conversation' events

Crouch End Literary Festival is proud to present three 'In Conversation' events. We recommend you book your place as soon as possible, as there are limited places available. To book, click the button below



Saturday 24 Feb 5:30pm, Hornsey Library

LINDA GRANT: How to Write a Novel

Guardian Film Critic and author, Peter Bradshaw talks to Orange Prize winning novelist and local author Linda Grant.

Linda has written seven novels including her latest book The Story of the Forest which was shortlisted for the 2023 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.


Sunday 25 Feb 300pm, Hornsey Library

The Year that Could Change Everything or Nothing: Elections, war and economic stagnation

Local MP Catherine West joins ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston and Rock'Roll Politics Podcast host Steve Richards to evaluate the opportunities and risks of this electoral year of years - and discusses Robert’s new books The Crash and Bust? and Steve’s book Turning Points


Steve Richards is an award winning author, columnist and broadcaster. His latest book is Turning Points- Crisis and Change in Britain from 1945-Truss. He presents the podcast Rock n Roll Politics and a monthly live show in the main concert hall at Kings Place. He also presents Radio 4’s ‘Week in Westminster’ and ad libbed BBC talks to camera on Prime Ministers and other subjects. He has written columns for the Guardian, FT, New Statesman and the Sunday Times.


Robert Peston is ITV’s political editor, presenter of the politics show “Peston” and the podcast “The Rest is Money”, and founder of the education charity, Speakers for Schools ( He has written seven critically acclaimed books, including his two latest, Bust? - on how to fix the malaise in the UK and the West - and a thriller set in the financial crisis, The Crash. Peston has won more than 30 awards for his journalism, including Journalist of the Year, Specialist Journalist of the Year and Scoop of the Year (twice) from the Royal Television Society. His blog is, and he is @peston on Twitter.


Sunday 25 Feb 4:30pm, Hornsey Library

MAT BAYNTON: Horrible Histories and Glorious Ghosts

Guardian Film Critic and author Peter Bradshaw interviews the brilliant writer-performer Mat Baynton - Comedian, actor, musician, writer, star of Bill, Horrible Histories, co-creator of Ghosts, Yonderland and The Wrong Mans, and Fickelgruber in Wonka.


Tickets for each event £8 - all proceeds to Hornsey Food Bank


Linda Grant: add SAT530 to the support message

Robert Peston/Catherine West/Steve Richards: add SUN3 to the support message

Mat Baynton: add SUN5 to your order


OR Access to all three events £20

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