Croydon Literary Festival Saturday 9 September



Croydon’s first Literary Festival will be held on Saturday 9 December at the David Lean Cinema.

Jonny Rose explains  the background thinking at

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 LifeReginald 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 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:


You can attend for the whole day or for individual sessions at

 You can follow the detail of the Festival on its Facebook page at





About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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