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The Bookseller – News – New literary festival launched to showcase South East London talent

A new literary festival, the Catford Literary Festival, is coming to south-east London this autumn to celebrate and showcase local talent.

Set up by Abbotshall Healthy Lifestyle Center and local newspaper The Lewisham Registerthe organizer’s objective is to offer 10 to 12 meetings on the first weekend of October 2022 (the 1st and 2nd of the month) before “becoming an annual staple of the book festival calendar”.

Natasha Clarkson, Director of Partnerships at the Abbotshall Centre, said of the new Catford Literary Festival: “We are really delighted to be teaming up with the Lewisham Register to bring a new book festival to south-east London and showcase literature in Catford.

“We really want to showcase the diverse literary talent the region has to offer and we’ve already been inundated with local authors eager to participate. We’re now hoping for a headliner or two to join us, and then we can announce the final roster in July.

Mark McGinlay, co-editor of Lewisham Registeradded: “I once helped organize a literary festival in South West London and as a resident of Catford I really wanted a similar event to take place locally so we are very honored to help bring this to life.

“The region is proud of its local talent. We recently featured Caleb Azumah Nelson and Candice Carty-Williams, who both grew up in the area, as the cover stars. Abbotshall is already well known in SE6 for offering affordable courses and free events, so it’s the perfect venue. Although we hope the festival will raise funds for the centre, many events will be free to fit the ethos of the venue.

Authors, publishers or local businesses interested in sponsoring the event, a charity fundraiser, are encouraged to contact [email protected] to get involved.