Croydon Literary Festival


Can’t give any more: volunteer fatigue in Croydon (part 1)

Posted on June 28th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Is Croydon taking its volunteers for granted?

“There are things that you do because it’s your passion, that you truly believe will make a difference. The Big Society [expands] the great work of volunteers.” (David Cameron, former Prime Minister, 2010).

“The Big Society is about getting more for less.” (Eric Pickles, former Secretary of State for Housing and Local Government, 2010)

“This is a 19th-century … Read More »



The Croydon Conversations: who wants to help to make Croydon a home for thinkers and intellectuals?

Posted on April 24th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 5 comments

Let’s make our borough a place for debate and discussion

Socrates once allegedly said that “the unexamined life is not worth living”.

Some people are content with an unexamined life; one that is not much more complicated than catching up on Netflix series, monitoring sale prices on ASOS and booking a holiday twice a year in the sun. Others, however, demand … Read More »



Calling all of Croydon’s literary lovers!

Posted on November 28th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. 1 Comment

Bigger, better, brighter, bolder: the 2018 Croydon Literary Festival would love to hear from you

In September 2017, the first ever Croydon Literary Festival took place at the David Lean Cinema. Over 250 people attended throughout the day, to listen to speakers such as Joe McGann, Erin Kelly and Louis Barfe; check out stalls run by BookLove, Bookseller Crow and The Ludoquist; and chat to like-minded literary … Read More »



Event review: Keeping Calm in Croydon at the Croydon Literary Festival

Posted on September 14th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s first literary festival was the scene of a thought-provoking session on mental well-being

September 2017 is proving especially good for seeing Croydon at its best. The month-long Warhol Croydon event and the first Croydon Literary Festival together have really been putting our town on the map.

Croydon’s inaugural literary festival was a day-long event held on Saturday 9th September in the David Lean Cinema in … Read More »



This Saturday, Croydon Literary Festival takes place at David Lean Cinema – will you be there?

Posted on September 4th, by Jonny Rose in Culture, Topical. No Comments

The man who proposed Croydon’s first literary festival humbly requests your presence…

Croydon’s first Literary Festival is happening on Saturday

Back in January, I wrote about why the time was right for Croydon to have a dedicated literary festival  – and thanks to the hard work of Cassie Whittell, Clair Woodward and a host of other local volunteers, it has happened.

This Saturday, when you enter the … Read More »



Read all about it: Croydon’s first literary festival is here

Posted on August 11th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. 1 Comment

Forget Hay-on-Wye. Your literary heritage will be celebrated on Saturday 9 September at the David Lean Cinema

If Stoke Newington and Balham can have a literary festival, then why not Croydon? That was the thinking back in April this year, when Croydon stalwart Jonny Rose called together a group of like-minded volunteers to put together the borough’s inaugural literary festival.

One meeting … Read More »