Special Storyteller: Kim Geyer Saturday 10th October 11am

Go to sleep MontyCelebrate Books Are My Bag and join in our special storytelling session on Saturday 10th October with Kim Geyer. Book tickets now image

This is a free event and open to anyone under 7 who loves stories and picture books.

Go To Sleep Monty is a delightful picture book that’s already a favourite at our weekly storytime.  Every child wants a pet, right? Books Are My BagWouldn’t it be great to have someone to play with, someone to share things with, and someone to care for? Max gets the dog of his dreams, but he soon realises that looking after a puppy, isn’t as easy as it looks!

Phoenix Comic Workshops Saturday 17th October 9.30 – Noon

phoenix-comicWould you like to draw cartoons? or learn how to be a Phoenix Comic  Book tickets now image 75illustrator? Come along to a Phoenix Comic workshops on Saturday 17th October and find out how.
The workshops will take place in The Old Library in Dulwich College.  Each workshop will have no more than 30 children sat at round tables.  Pencils and paper are provided.
Tickets are £10 per workshop.

Workshop 1
9.30am – 10.30am – Garden Critters & Crazy Jitters cartoon workshop aimed at children 7 – 9 years of age with Gary Northfield. Book a place here.

Workshop 2
9.30am – 10.30am – Making Monster Mayhem cartoon workshop aimed at children 9 – 12 years of age with Jamie Littler . Book a place here.

Workshop 3
11am – Noon – Garden Critters & Crazy Jitters cartoon workshop aimed at children 9 – 12 years of age with Gary Northfield. Book a place here.

Workshop 4
11am – Noon – Making Monster Mayhem cartoon workshop aimed at children 7 – 9 years of age with Jamie Littler. Book a place here.

Tickets can be booked online, via email: dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk, via telephone: 020 8670 1920 or pop into Dulwich Books on Croxted Road SE21 8SW

Shackleton: Endurance We Conquer talk by Michael Smith Saturday 17th October 1.30pm

shackletonMichael Smith talk/reading is built around the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his biography, Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer.

Tickets are £9.99 for entry & a paperback copy of Shackleton or £6.00 for entry.  (+booking fee)

Sir Ernest Shackleton, who lived at Sydenham and went to Dulwich College,  was among  history’s great explorers and became a legend on four epic voyages of discovery to the Antarctic a century ago. Polar historian Michael Smith recalls the compelling story of a complex man who touched greatness on the ice but struggled to come to terms with home life. Shackleton marched to within 100 miles of the South Pole in 1909 and the led the dramatic battle to survive against the odds when his ship, Endurance, was crushed by the ice exactly 100 years ago in 1915. Shackleton was a charismatic and inspirational figure who lived life “like a mighty rushing wind” but was happiest in the icy wilderness where he could leave behind his messy private life.

Michael Smith

MickSmithMichael Smith is an authority on Polar exploration who has written nine books, appeared in TV and radio documentaries and lectured at many prestigious venues, including The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Royal Geographical Society, National Museum of Ireland and Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge. His latest book, Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer, is the first major biography of Shackleton for 30 years. Michael is a former award-winning journalist with The Guardian, The Observer and The Standard.

Reviews of Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer

As a buccaneering Edwardian adventurer, as hapless in his private life as he was dynamic in his public exploits, he is rescued by Smith’s genial study as a flawed, enduring inspiration – The Times

A rich volume, written in passionate, engaging style that makes it a compelling read, full of nuanced conclusions about many of Shackleton’s formative life moments, and meticulously researched – The Irish Times

Smith, in illuminating this unforgettable figure, brings his own considerable scholarship in the field to this story – Wall Street Journal

The Observer – Listed among the best biographies of 2014

Tickets can be booked online, via email: dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk, via telephone: 020 8670 1920 or pop into Dulwich Books on Croxted Road SE21 8SW

INTO THE WILD WOODS – A STORYTELLING ADVENTURE Saturday 17th October 6.30pm – 7.30pm

secrets-of-the-wild-wood-jacket-image-finalJoin Pushkin Children’s Books and storyteller Jo Clayton, as they invite us into the world of Tonke Dragt ‒ author of the international bestselling children’s classic The Letter for the King, and forthcoming pp_logosequel The Secrets of the Wild Wood.

Tickets are £5.00, (booking fee applies) bookable online, via email: dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk, via telephone: 020 8670 1920 or pop into Dulwich Books 6 Croxted Road, West Dulwich. Book tickets now image 75

The storytelling is perfect for any book lover aged between 7 & 12 and all children must be accompanied by an adult.Letter for the King new jacket

With a return for Knight Tiuri and his trusty friends – the much-loved characters from The Letter for the King – we enter the Kingdom of Dagonaut once more and finally discover the mystery of the Black Knight with the Red Shield. With readings and activities taken from both books, this promises to be an epic adventure you won’t want to miss. Please bring a cushion or blanket to sit on.

“There is definitely some strange alchemy with these two books of Tonke Dragt … She’s a writer that will now surely be ranked up there with the greats of children’s literature.” Mariella Frostrup, Presenter, R4 Open Book

“Sixteen-year-old Tiuri is set to be the next Harry Potter” Daily Mail

“A thrilling, page-turning tale of 16-year old Tiuri’s adventure…My 10- and 11- year old were both gripped” Daily Telegraph

“My daughter says it’s the best book she’s ever read” Cerys Matthews, Mail on Sunday

The Secrets of the Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt, translated by Laura Watkinson is published by Pushkin Children’s Books on the 5th September, price £16.99 in hardback. A new edition of the bestselling The Letter for the King will be released simultaneously, price £7.99.



Jo Clayton is a storyteller, writer, performer and director with a love of all things magical and fantastic.  She has worked around the world as a performer and workshop leader and is former Practitioner in Residence for the Globe Theatre.



Brexit: Should Britian Leave or Stay? with Denis MacShane in conversation Sunday 18th October 1pm

brexitJoin us on Sunday 18th October to hear Denis MacShane discuss the pros and cons of a Britain in Europe. Will Britain leave the EU? Following the Conservative victory in the 2015 General Election, the question of ‘Brexit’ – a British exit from the EU – is high on the political agenda. In this book, former Europe Minister Denis MacShane looks at the history of Britain’s fraught relationship with Europe and shows how the possibility of Brexit has become increasingly more likely. He looks at the key personalities who shaped Britain’s European policy – from Churchill to Heath and Wilson to Thatcher, Blair and Cameron – and the key issues of immigration and the economy which have heightened Eurosceptic feeling in the UK. Book tickets now image

Tickets are £10.00 (booking fee applies) and includes a copy of Brexit. This event takes place in The Old Library at Dulwich College.

Tickets can be booked online, via email: dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk, via telephone: 020 8670 1920 or pop into Dulwich Books on Croxted Road SE21 8SW

Losing It with Helen Lederer Sunday 18th October 8.30pm

Helen LedererHelen Lederer is a well-known British comedian, actress and writer. Helen’s deBook tickets now image 75but novel, Losing It, is written with the same wit, observational humour and bittersweet characterizations as her stand-up material. Hilariously funny, it focuses on a middle-aged woman who is divorced, in debt, over  weight and so desperate to change her life that she agrees to be the front-woman for a new diet pill. Peter who has read  Losing It says it’s desperately funny, desperately engaging, desperately readable and desperately adorable.’

Tickets are £12 (plus booking fee) and include a signed paperback copy of Losing It and wine! This event takes place in The Old Library at Dulwich College.

Losing itHelen will open up the evening with a short stand up performance, talk about her book and then we’ll open up to questions and generally have a good old chat as friends.

Tickets can be booked online, via email: dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk, via telephone: 020 8670 1920 or pop into Dulwich Books on Croxted Road SE21 8SW

Afternoon Tea with Prue Leith Saturday 17th October 4pm in The Old Library Dulwich College

Prue Leith1credit Colin ThomasJoin us on Saturday 17th October for afternoon tea and hear Prue Leith talk about her novel, The Food Of Love.

Tickets are £15.00 for entry + signed hardback copy of The Food of Love & afternoon tea or £8.00 entry & afternoon only. (plus booking fee)
A proud family. World War 2 is not yet over. Snubbed by aristocratic neighbour Book tickets now imageLord Frampton at a coming-of-age ball, Donald Oliver dreams of the day he’ll have his vengeance.
A wild daughter. Laura Oliver, beautiful and tempestuous, falls in love with Giovanni, an Italian ex-prisoner-of-war, now a humble cook. Disdaining her father’s snobbishness – and his wrath – the couple flee to London.
From Cotswolds farmland to London fish markets, society ballrooms to icy gutters, this is a tale of prejudice and ambition, power and passion, and one couple’s struggle to overcome all obstacles and carve out a life of their own.

Tickets can be booked online, via email: dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk, via telephone: 020 8670 1920 or pop into Dulwich Books on Croxted Road SE21 8SW

Matthew Plampin discusses his novel Will & Tom in Dulwich Picture Gallery Thursday 22th October 7.30pm

Will Tom PBWill & Tom by Matthew Plampin offers a glimpse into the early life of JMW Turner, exploring his humble origins, fervent work ethic and rivalry with the now obscure artist Tom Girtin. Join Matthew and art historian Jacqueline Riding – who consulted on Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner – for an evening discussing Turner: the character of his work, his travels around the country and the friendships and alliances that helped an awkward, secretive and irritable young man emerge as a great artist.

This wonderful novel by Matthew has been receiving rave reviews and is enjoyed by all fans of Turner and art.

This is a joint event with Dulwich Picture Gallery and tickets are booked directly with the gallery. Tickets are £14 and include a paperback copy of Will & Tom and a glass of wine. Book tickets now image

Art historian Jacqueline Riding who consulted on Mr Turner will be in conversation with Matthew.

Special Storytelling: Halloween Saturday 31st October with Katie May Green 11am

seen and not heardIn a big old house, up creaky stairs, in a silent little nursery full of dolls and teddy bears, you’ll find the children of Shiverhawk Hall. They’re children in pictures on the wall – seen and not heard…Original, atmospheric and delightfully spooky, this is the story of dainty little Lily Pinksweet, the Plumseys, clever Billy Fitzbillian, kind Percy and the De Villechild twins (who are perfect angels)…They all look so sweet and good, just like children should, but when night-time comes and there’s no one to see, the children climb out from the quiet of their picture frames and they run riot and they run free! Perfect for children with wild imaginations and anarchic spirits, this magical book is filled with unforgettable images and free-spirited joy.

Places are free, storytelling begins at 11am and is followed by crafts and activities.

Tessa Hadley & Janet Davey Wednesday 11th November

Join us on 11th November to hear Tessa Hadley & Janet Davey discuss their latest novels.  Book tickets now image

The Past“There is something reassuring yet deliciously unexpected about a Tessa Hadley novel.” (Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph). Over five novels and two collections of stories Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts, and been compared with Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Munro. In her new novel three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents’ old house for three long, hot summer weeks.

Another Mothers Son‘We’re lucky to have such an intelligent chronicler of our present’ Tessa Hadley on Janet Davey. Lorna Parry lives with her three sons, each one lurching uncomfortably into adulthood. In the claustrophobic loneliness of her own home, Lorna orbits around her sons and struggles to talk to them; she’s still angry at her ex-husband, uncomfortable around her father’s new girlfriend, and works quietly as the only employee left in a deserted London archive.


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