First events announced for inaugural Wood Green Literary Festival next month

PUBLISHED: 10:33 03 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 September 2013

Wood Green Literary Festival

Wood Green Literary Festival


A host of well-known authors and artists will be dropping into N22 for talks, readings and workshops at the inaugural Wood Green Literary Festival next month - and the Tottenham & Wood Green Journal will be supporting it every step of the way.

The three-day festival, this year based around the theme “London: A Celebration”, will be spread across six venues and includes a broad array of events including the live debut of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, which will see several of the shortlisted authors take part in a live reading and panel discussion.

More talks and events will be announced in the run up to the festival, held between October 11 and 13, but other highlights already revealed include a discussion on strange-but-true tales from London’s weird history with Travis Elborough, author of London Bridge In America, and former Gallon Drunk drummer and writer Max Décharné, whose latest book Capital Crimes looks at the seedy underbelly of London over the last 700 years.

Celebrated novelists Linda Grant and Charlotte Mendelson will be in conversation with Booker Prize judge and literary critic Alex Clark at the Big Green Bookshop on the Sunday, while a London Literary Lunch will be held on the Saturday with bestselling “chick-lit” authors Freya North and Mike Gayle at St Mark’s Church Hall.

The same day, London noir is on the agenda with The Long Firm and The House Of Rumour author Jake Arnott in conversation with author and journalist Cathi Unsworth.

On the lighter side, one of the authors of Crap Towns will be dishing the dirt on which armpits of London have made into the latest book, and Wood Green’s Karamel Club hosts Capital Filth, a look at some of the most infamous and talented writers of erotica writing about the capital.

Across the tracks in the Great North Railway Tavern in Hornsey High Street, writer, music critic and glam rock devotee Howard Male will talk with Jim Bob, one half of ’80s band Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, about music, fiction, nostalgia and more besides.

For budding authors there is a workshop on today’s publishing industry, and writer and journalist Ellie Levenson reveals the secrets of how to write about yourself effectively and engagingly.

Tickets for talks with writers on Georgian London, the variety of life in the capital, crime fiction and more are already on sale.

Ticket prices for each event have been kept low, at between £3 and £5, with many more events, including children’s events and special guest appearances, yet to be announced. Keep your eyes on the Tottenham & Wood Green Journal to find out more.

+ For links to the official site and for tickets, see ‘Related links’ to the right of this story.

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