Crouch End Literary Festival 2024


This year sees the first ever Crouch End Literary Festival, featuring Linda Plant, Peter Bradshaw (author and Guardian film critic), Mathew Baynton (comedian, actor writer, Horrible Histories and Ghosts), Dave Cohen, Rohan Candappa and a long list of local writers of all kinds – novelists, factual, script writers, poets, etc… From young and new to established names.

Run by the Crouch End Festival team, in association with Dave Cohen, Hornsey Library, Friends of Hornsey Library, Waterstones Crouch End, All Good Bookshop –  it should be quite an event. And certainly not like most traditional literary festivals.

Spread over 3 days the hub will be in the Hornsey Library but we are also running talks, workshops and novel events across the N8 area in a variety of venues including: Waterstones / Holy Innocents / The Intimates Space (St Mary’s Tower) / Art House / The Green / Stapleton / All Good Bookshop / + various pop-up venues.

A novel favourite with the summer festival, we have Poets in the Phone Box featuring Alan Wolfson and others, and a new event – Writers on the Green. Plus the Great Letter Hunt – can you find the 26 letters around Crouch End? Plus recitals and performances in coffee shops and pop-up performance spaces.

The Crouch End Players will be performing NO QUARTER by local legend Barry Bermange, across all three nights of the festival at the Intimate Space (St Mary’s Tower). Words & Music is an üF-Beat special – a night of improvised music & spoken word in the Holy Eye (Holy Innocents) featuring top writers and musicians. We have workshops on creative writing, self-publishing, comedy writing. Talks on Writing with AI, and a focus on Dyslexic writers featuring Sam Rapp the ‘Dyslexic Poet’ and Dr Chris Arnold, dyslexic and founder of Dyversity Lab. (Did you know Agatha Christie, Yeats, Fitzgerald and Hans Christian Andersen were dyslexic?). We hope that there is something for everyone, whatever your taste.

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