Dulwich Books Events in 2015

Carcanet Poetry Celebration Dulwich Library 10th February 7.30pm


Carcanet Press and Dulwich Books present: four Next Generation Poets Tuesday 10 February 2015, 7.30pm Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane SE22 8NB

Tickets are free – booking is essential. Book online, via email or telephone on 020 8670 1920.

Last year The Poetry Book Society released their once-in-a-decade list of 20 Next Generation Poets who are expected to “dominate the poetry landscape of the coming decade.” Among them are four superb poets published by Carcanet Press: Jane Yeh; Kei Miller; Rebecca Goss and Tara Bergin. We are delighted to welcome them to Dulwich Library in an evening presented by Carcanet Press – one of the outstanding independent literary publishers of our time – and Dulwich Books – London’s best Independent Bookshop, as voted by the book industry in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Jane Yeh was born in America and educated at Harvard University. Her first collection of poems, Marabou was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh Festival poetry prizes. Her latest collection, The Ninjas was published in 2012. Her poems have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, Poetry Review, and a number of anthologies including The Best British Poetry 2012. She lives in London.

Rebecca Goss grew up in Suffolk, returning there in 2013 after living in Liverpool for twenty years. Her first collection The Anatomy of Structures was published in 2010. Her second collection, Her Birth was shortlisted for The 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection and winner of the Poetry Category in the 2013 East Anglian Book Awards

Tara Bergin is from Dublin. Her first poetry collection, This is Yarrow was awarded the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize 2014, the Irish Shine / Strong Award, and was short-listed for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica. His poetry has been shortlisted for awards such as the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. His fiction has been shortlisted for the Phyllis Wheatley Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and has won the Una Marson Prize. Kei has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. His 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

Suitable for adults. Advance booking required. This event takes place at Dulwich Library on Tuesday 10th February.

European Book Award Presentation Evening Thursday 18th March

Evie  WyldIn 2014 Evie Wyld was award the European Book Award for her novel All The Birds, Singing. The award – whose winners were announced this year at the Frankfurt book festival – recognises the best new and emerging authors in Europe and aims to help their international visibility, in part by facilitating the translation of their works.

More details will follow, please email to join the waiting list.


Second Life by SJ WatsonAll aboard the 19.01 from Dulwich Books for an evening of Murder and Martinis when we host S J Watson and Paula Hawkins on Tuesday 24th March at 7pm.

We will begin with a civilised cocktail, before sitting down to hear  SJ and Paula chat about their books. We’ll finish with a Q&A before resuming the Martini drinking and having some food. Tickets are £10. SOLD OUT

SJ Watson is the author of the bestselling Before I Go To Sleep and his new thriller, Second Life, is another classic page turner. Click here to read Sheila’s review.

Girl on a TrainPaula Hawkins is destined to be the next Gillian Flynn with her debut thriller The Girl on the Train. You’ve all travelled on a train, looked out the window and wondered, what goes on in the houses… Paula Hawkins sees murder!  Click here to read Sheila’s review.

This event is sold out, please email if you wish to join the  waiting list.

Zoe Williams & Danny Dorling in conversation Friday 8th May 7.30pm

In partnership with the Dulwich Festival Guardian columnist and author Zoe Williams will be in conversation with Danny Dorling. Danny is a professor of human geography at Oxford University. He is the author of a number of books including Inequality and the 1%.

Tickets and more information available shortly when the Dulwich Festival launch their programme.

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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