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10th Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival for inspiration and fun

Bestselling authors Mike Gayle and Jake Arnott, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson and Portuguese writer Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya are just a few of the speakers at the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival that runs throughout May.

The event, now in its tenth year, is London’s leading library-based literature
festival and boasts a programme of readings, discussions and workshops for all ages, in libraries across the borough.

Cllr. Sally Prentice, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “The Readers and Writers Festival is a great event that inspires and nurtures interest in the written and spoken word. The fact that it’s celebrating its tenth birthday this year is a tribute to Lambeth Council’s Library Service who organise the festival. You only have to look at the range and calibre of speakers who are coming to see that this is firmly established as a major date in the world of books, writers and readers offering something for everyone.”

This year’s Festival starts with the free quarterly ‘Brixton BookJam’ at the Hootananny pub on Monday 6th May at 7.30pm. This is its fifth outing, bringing together an eclectic mix of big name and local writers for a night of book-related, but not bookish, entertainment. Ivor Dembina will be your host, and introduce 12 5-minute readings.

For teenagers, Lambeth libraries host Teen Reading Clubs. Come along make new friends, chill and talk about books. These clubs are for you. For the month of May we will have visiting authors.

Brixton Library – Thursday 9th May and Thursday 23rd May, 5.30 to 7.00pm
Streatham Library – Tuesday 14th May, 5.00 pm to 7.00pm
Clapham Library – Tuesday 23rd May 5.00pm to 7.00pm

See the full festival programme at www.lambeth.gov.uk/readersandwriters or visit your local library for listings.

To avoid disappointment please book for all events on 020 7926 1075 or by emailing readersandwriters@lambeth.gov.uk.

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