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Events and Festivals
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We curate live literary events for all ages and tastes around South London, ranging from launches, readings and discussions in the shop to festivals across several venues. We have an experienced and enthusiastic team who read widely and are plugged into literary networks around the world.
Join us from 15.00 on the afternoon of 28th February for a Pancake Day celebration with Great British Bake Off finalist Chetna Makan. On the Bake Off Chetna became known for her bold use of Eastern flavours, and her approach is now documented in her bestselling recipe book Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East. This event will be an opportunity to taste some of Chetna’s homemade treats, to ask her for baking tips, and to buy a signed copy of Cardamom.
This event is free but please register to attend here
Jon Newman on River Effra: South London’s Secret Spine
Ever driven along Effra Road? Had a pint at the Efrra Hall Tavern? Boogied at the Effra Social? If so, then you’ve been unwittingly communing with London’s lost river...
Join us at 19.00 on the evening of the 28th February to learn about the fascinating history of the River Effra – a forgotten tributary of the Thames that runs under the streets of London to this day. Local historian and writer Jon Newman will tell the story of this fasinating waterway, and its defining role in the history of South London. His book River Effra: South London’s Secret Spine has been a surprise bestseller in the shop and customers have described it as ‘fascinating’, ‘enlightening’ and even ‘moving’.
Tickets are £5 or £10 including a copy of the book. They can be booked here. This event will take place at Dulwich Books.
Jon Newman is a writer and archivist, dividing his time between working in Lambeth while also writing about London. He has previously published works on South London, black history, photography and – perhaps bizarrely – candle manufacture. He had long been intrigued by the history of the Effra (along with, seemingly, half the population of South London) and hopes this book will provide the first comprehensive history of a much-discussed and equally much-misunderstood river.
Spring Literature Showcase with Elif Shafak, Ayobami Adebayo and Gwendoline Riley
Join us at 19.00 on 9th March for a special evening of new literature. We are incredibly lucky to be able to invite you to an event with three of the finest writers publishing books this Spring: Elif Shafak (Three Daughters of Eve), Ayobami Adebayo (Stay With Me) and Gwendoline Riley (First Love).
Their books are united by a concern for how women approach situations in which they feel a lack of choice. There are issues of identity, of confronting the past, and of trying to understand who you are. Each book considers marriage, and in paticular where marriage can go wrong or become a site of abuse.
It promises to be a fascinating evening with lots to get you thinking!
Join us in Dulwich College’s brand new George Farha Auditorium to hear from Sir Peter Bazalgette, author of The Empathy Instinct.
Sir Peter’s book presents revolutionary new ideas about what empathy is and how it can transform society. It concludes with a Charter for Empathy, where challenges such as religious conflict and racism, decent health and social care, effective and humane criminal justice and even artificial intelligence are addressed by this new thinking.
Sir Peter Bazalgette is the former Chair of Arts Council England. He has had a hugely accomplished career as a television producer and media professional. In 2011 he was knighted for services to broadcasting.
This event will begin promptly at 19.00. There will be a bar open before the event serving refreshments.
Join us at 19.00 on the 2nd May to hear A.C. Grayling – leading philosopher and public intellectual – talk about his new book War: An Enquiry. All tickets include a glass of wine.
For residents of the twenty-first century, a vision of a future without warfare is almost inconceivable. Though wars are terrible and destructive, they also seem unavoidable. In this original and deeply considered book, A. C. Grayling examines, tests, and challenges the concept of war. He proposes that a deeper, more accurate understanding of war may enable us to reduce its frequency, mitigate its horrors, and lessen the burden of its consequences.
Grayling explores the long, tragic history of war and how warfare has changed in response to technological advances. He probes much-debated theories concerning the causes of war and considers positive changes that may result from war. How might these results be achieved without violence? In a profoundly wise conclusion, the author envisions “just war theory” in new moral terms, taking into account the lessons of World War II and the Holocaust and laying down ethical principles for going to war and for conduct during war.