Events in Dulwich Books

Irving Finkel Talk: The Ark Before Noah – The Story of the Flood

The Ark Before Noah by Irving Finkel. Hodder & Stoughton Publishers 2014Irving Finkel Talk in Dulwich Picture Gallery Tuesday 13th January 7.30pm

In 1985 a member of the public walked into the British Museum with a tiny piece of ancient Babylonian clay. Irving Finkel, Ark Before Noahassistant keeper of the Ancient Mesopotamian Department in the British Museum realised immediately that it was of enormous significance. But it was not until 2009 that the tablet could be deciphered. Dating from 1850BC, the tablet contains the detailed instructions for building the Ark which it turns out was round like a coracle.

7pm for a 7.30pm start this event takes place in the Linbury Rooms of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Tickets are £16 for non members and includes a glass of wine and a copy of The Ark Before Noah.

Book tickets now imageTickets are bookable online, via Dulwich Books on 020 8670 1920, email or via the Dulwich Picture Gallery on 020 8299 8750

Where’s Santa Competition in West Dulwich Saturday 29th November 10am – 3pm

Wheres SantaJoin us on Saturday 29th November between 10am and 3pm to search for Santa in West Dulwich. This is the most perfect activity for anyone 9 and under.
What do you need to do? You collect a form from us and search for the 10 Santa’s hidden in and around West Dulwich. As you spot each Santa you mark up your form and when you have spotted 8 or more you bring it back to Dulwich Books, before 3.45pm and we’ll enter you into a prize draw.

Santa’s will be hidden within the following shops: The Dulwich Trader, Thomas’s Schoolwear, Jaadu, Alleyn Park Garden Centre, Wigwam & Tea West (on Rosendale Road), Cook, Dulwich Bakery and Half Moon Studios.

Prize draw and lucky dip prizes will take place at 3.45pm.



at Dulwich Books, Croxted Road, West Dulwich

Creative Writing AdultsTuesday 2nd December 7.30pm – 9pm £6.00
Book tickets now imageYou’ve written your novel, or at least have 30,000 words so what next you might ask? This workshop will give you all the ideas and tips to set you on the right road to getting your novel published.

By coming to the event you will:
  • Gain an understand how agents receive books, what makes you look beyond the covering letter and work to get your book published.
  • Gain an insight into the current trends in writing and get tips/ideas of how to get your book noticed. 
  • How you should prepare your novel to attract the eyes of an agent/publisher.
  • Gain an understanding of the editorial process, what an editor does (and doesn’t do).
  • How to prepare a script for the various editorial stages.
  • What a publisher is looking for from a book.
  • How do publishers spot a winner, do they always use an agent.

Henry Marsh talk at Dulwich Books Thursday 4th December 7pm SOLD OUT

Do No HarmJoin us on Thursday 4th December at 7pm to hear renowned neurosurgeon tell his story and what his thoughts are on the NHS. This event is sold out.

What is it like to be a Henry Marshbrain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason?

Please note that this event is sold out

Dulwich Books Winner Best Independent Bookshop UK & Ireland

Bookseller Industry Awards!

Sheila Collecting BA Award
Sheila collecting the award for best independent bookshop in UK & Ireland 2014

Dulwich Books wins national award! Dulwich Books was voted the best independent in the UK & Ireland on 12th May by industry colleagues.

The judges said “combining the traditional virtues of bookselling with thoroughly modern marketing & digital actiPrintvity”, “vastly experienced staff”, “offering superb customer service”, “a packed calender of events”, “eye-catching 21% leap in sales”, “the energy is amazing” and that Dulwich Books was a destination bookshop

The award was presented by Alan Johnson at the industry dinner of nearly 1,000 people and a good night was had by all!
It just leaves me to say a huge thank you to all our customers for their loyalty, support and advice over the years. We are very proud of what we have achieved and you make it a very enjoyable job.

It is a thrill to be rewarded for doing our job. Sheila


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