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Dulwich Literary Festival 2017 – Thanks for Coming!

The fourth annual Dulwich Literary Festival drews to a spectacular close last Thursday, with a final sell- out event featuring ITV Political Editor Robert Peston. Discussing his latest book WTF, Peston will conclude a month of successful events that have attracted over a thousand members of the public to venues around Dulwich.


Described by Time Out as “one of the key events in the London literary calendar” the local festival drew a thousand-strong crowd for events featuring Ali Smith, Alan Hollinghurst, Henry Blofeld, Kate Pankhurst and Robert Peston. The festival featured a more varied programme of events than ever before, including a free exhibition of work by Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc, a guided walk with Peter Fiennes, and workshops on drawing and writing by design agency Scriberia and The Spectator Literary Editor Sam Leith.


Inspiring the next generation of local young writers, Man Booker shortlisted Ali Smith judged a writing competition for pupils from schools across the borough of Southwark, taking the time to read and critique 24 short stories on the theme of ‘Winter’, the title of her latest novel. In the evening, she spoke to a packed audience at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on the subject of her beloved Tove Jansson, the Finnish author and illustrator, whose work is currently being exhibited at the gallery.

Other headline talks from the festival included Man Booker Winner Alan Hollinghurst, who read an extract from The Sparsholt Affair set in Dulwich Picture Gallery, Kate Pankhurst, a relation of Christabel and Emmeline, who entertained a hundred children and their families with stories of Fantastically Great Women, renowned sports journalist Henry Blofeld, and actor, comedian and author Alexei Sayle.

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