Croydon’s first Literary Festival will be held on Saturday 9 December at the David Lean Cinema.
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Session 1. 10am. What’s so funny about Croydon?
Croydon has become a shorthand for everything awful. Jeremy and Mark from Peep Show had a dull flat here; Terry and June lived in Purley, where the wife who “went” in Monty Python’s Nudge, Nudgesketch was also from. “Eric Pode of Croydon” on Radio 4 comedy The Burkiss Way was the grotty, ridiculous character on the show. The characters from The Good Life, Reginald Perrin and Charles Pooter from George Grossmith’s classic Diary of a Nobody are also classic suburban figures who are very much part of British culture. So clearly suburbia is an inspiration for comedians and comedy writers. Comedy expert and author Louis Barfe explores, alongside writers Nev Fountain and Jim Bob Morton, what makes the land of semi-detacheds and housing estates so ripe for comedy. Book at:
Session 2. 11am. Keeping Calm In Croydon
The stresses and strains of everyday life affect us all. Sometimes things get on top of us; one in four of us will, at some time, suffer from some kind of mental illness. Croydon is growing fast, and sometimes we can feel a bit isolated if we’ve moved somewhere new. But it needn’t get on top of us if we know how to find help. Book at:
Session 3. 12pm. So you want to write?
If you’re serious about writing, and would like to take your work to the next level, this is the place to find out what you could do to get your words out there. Successful authors will tell you how they’ve been published; top publishers and agents will tell you what they’re looking for. Book atok at:ook.com/croydonlitfest/ Festival on its Facebook page at:
Session 4. 2pm. The Joy of Croydon
Authors John Grindrod and Peter Watts, both raised in south-east London, discuss the pleasures of the much-maligned borough – the architecture, the countryside, the culture. Book at:
Session 5. Details not yet available
Session 6. 4pm. Killer Women Bestselling authors Erin Kelly and Melanie McGrath are members of the pioneering Killer Women group of crime writers. They will be discussing their latest books, why female writers are so outrageously successful at writing crime and thrillers, and why the suburbs are such a fruitful location for murder and mystery. Book at:
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