The SW11 Literary Festival was launched at Battersea's Doodle Bar on Friday 13 August. Again organised jointly by Waterstone's and the Clapham Junction Town Centre Partnership, the festival begins in earnest on 9 September, when Will Self will be at the Battersea Arts Centre reading from and talking about his latest book Walking to Hollywood: 'the dreams and fantasies of an obsessive-compulsive flaneur.'
Entertainment at the launch party was provided by festival poet in residence Paul Lyalls, who will be hosting a poetry workship at Northcote Library on 11 September, and can also be seen on 19 September at BAC heading up Poetic Frenzy, an extravaganza of live verse. Paul's latest collection is Catching the Cascade.
The festival continues until the 30 September, ending with a Local Authors' Book Fair. Just to give a brief flavour of what else is in store: the legendary literary quiz is on 27 September, at the Latchmere pub; this year's literary lunch on 25 September at Chez Manny on Battersea High Street features cookery writer Josceline Dimbley, and local author Isabel Losada is at Waterstone's on St John's Road on 21 September talking about How to Get Published.
Details of these and the many other events - together with information on booking tickets - are in the festival brochure (pictured above right) which will soon be available in all local libraries.
If you can think up a slogan for Battersea, in no more than fifteen words, you'll be in with a chance of winning this year's festival competition. You can read more about this here, but those at the launch party were encouraged to be creative using the Doodle Bar's walls. There were quite a few members of the Battersea Society present, which should explain the entry pictured below!
Date posted: 16 August 2010