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Bexley Literary Festival

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Book Buzz - Bexley’s very first Literary Festival – will be taking place from 10 – 24 February 2018.

We have put together a packed programme of events and activities across the fortnight. There is something for everyone – adults, children, teens, families and school groups.

We’ll have storytellers, theatre performances for children, comic arts workshops, dance and drama workshops, a poetry spin, “Where’s Wally?” hunts and Harry Potter activities to enjoy over half term. Look out for visits from special guests such as The Gruffalo, Elmer and Peter Rabbit too.

For adults, we will be having visits from best-selling authors including Ben Aaronovitch, Stephen Booth, Rosie Goodwin, Mike Gayle, Alison Weir and Simon Brett. There will also be workshops on creative writing, screenplays and how to get published and much more.

View the festival programme and find out how to get your free tickets.

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Additional Book Buzz events now available 

Family Storytelling sessions
Storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton will be holding family storytelling sessions in the delightful surroundings of the Library at Danson House.

There will be four sessions
• Monday 12 February from 2pm - 2.40pm
• Monday 12 February from 3pm - 3.40pm
• Friday 16 February from 2pm - 2.40pm
• Friday 16 February from 3pm - 3.40pm

The stories are a mixture of fairy tales and Greek myths and will be suitable for families with children aged 6 and over.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at

Poet in Residence – Dan Simpson
Festival poet in residence, Dan Simpson will be holding three events in libraries across the borough

• Poetry workshop for adults at Sidcup Library on Wednesday 21 February from 2.30pm – 4pm
• Poetry workshop and performance for teens and young adults at Central Library on Thursday 22 February from 4pm – 6pm
• Poetry reading at Erith Library on Friday 23 February from 3.30pm – 5pm

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at 


To help celebrate the very first Bexley Literary Festival, why not enter some of our competitions and quizzes?

If you are feeling creative, you could enter our short story writing competition. The best entry will win a prize and will be featured in libraries, on our website and social media.

The rules are simple – your story must be fiction, no longer than 500 words maximum and must contain the word ‘Bexley’ at least once.

Just click on the link below to open the entry form.

Short story writing competition entry form

There’s a poetry writing competition too – with a prize for the best poem (and the best poems will also be featured in libraries, on our website and social media).

It’s really straight forward to enter - your poem must be no longer than 100 words maximum, and must contain the word ‘Bexley’ at least once.

Just click on the link below to open the entry form.

Poetry writing competition entry form

As it is a Literary Festival, we also have a five-part brain teaser quiz for you to try with lots of questions about books and authors. All correct entries will be entered into a prize draw.

Just click on the links below to open the entry forms

Part 1 - Bexley’s Bestsellers
Part 2 - A little bit of English Lit
Part 3 - Literary Sidekicks
Part 4 - London Particulars
Part 5 - 50 “P’s” 

Completed entry forms can be handed in to your local library or sent by email to Entries must be received no later than 28th February 2018.

Good luck!

Feedback on Book Buzz Festival events

If you have attended any of the Book Buzz Festival events but forgot to fill in a feedback form at the end of the event, it isn’t too late to tell us what you thought.

For events for adults, just click here, complete the form and email it to

For events for children, just click here, complete the form and email it to


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