Cabinet member Cllr Peter Craske just after he announced Bexley's first ever literary festival

The festival will feature events across the borough, including visits from authors, illustrators, storytellers, drama and art workshops, creative writing workshops, visits from famous book characters, poetry sessions and much more.

Authors set to visit the borough during the fortnight include world famous Ben Aaronovitch, Mike Gayle, Alison Weir and Stephen Booth.

During the fortnight there will be a chance to take part in ‘Where’s Wally hunts’, a special look into the ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ and a visit from the Gruffalo and Peter Rabbit.

There will be sessions on how to self-publish and the chance to try some book illustration skills.

Making the announcement, Cllr Craske explained: “There is something for everyone. We have fiction and non-fiction authors coming to talk about their work alongside visits from some very special book characters and a performance of former Bexley resident Roald Dahl’s The Twits!

“All of it is either free or available for a small fee. This kind of festival is just another reason why our borough deserves to be recognised as London Borough of Culture. Winning that accolade would mean even more community events like these for residents and visitors. We just need as many people to #backthebexleybid and remember to pick up your festival programme as soon as it is available, check online and get planning!”

The programme will be available online at and in Council libraries from January.

Author and some other events will be ‘ticket only’ and spaces can be reserved either online or through a Council library once the full programme has been announced.

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  1. A shame that the organisers didn’t appear to consider the gender balance of the featured authors/fictional lead characters. Hopefully the full line up will be more representative?

    Ben Aaronovitch, Mike Gayle, Alison Weir and Stephen Booth.. ‘Where’s Wally’, Harry Potter, the Gruffalo and Peter Rabbit.


    1. Thank you for your comment Beth.

      The blog mentions only a few of the authors involved in the festival. Other female authors so far confirmed as taking part are –

      • Rosie Goodwin – one of the top 100 most borrowed authors from UK public libraries
      • Elaine Everest – author of family sagas, several of which are set in the borough
      • M.G. Leonard – author of popular children’s titles, such as “Beetle Boy”
      • Jacky Hyams – author of several books on the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, as well as her best-selling book on Frances Kray
      • Chitra Soundar – author of children’s picture books
      • A.L. Michael – eBook author

      We will publish the full programme of authors and activities in January.

      I hope that you’ll be coming along to some of the great events we have planned.


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