Deptford Literature Festival
full lineup revealed


Spread the Word and independent producer Tom MacAndrew are pleased to reveal the full programme for the inaugural Deptford Literature Festival, celebrating the creativity and diversity of South East London through words, stories and performance. 

Taking place on Saturday 14 March 2020, Deptford Literature Festival is a day-long festival featuring 17 events – most of which are free to attend. The festival is supported by Arts Council England. 

Deptford Literature Festival offers something for everyone; whether you’re an experienced reader or writer, or just want to have a go. The programme features workshops, walks (including an intrepid guided walk and poetry workshop around Deptford Creek with Ella Frears and a tour of Deptford’s literary heritage with Anna Sayburn Lane), talks, readings and a special open-mic night.

Take a look at the programme, book yourself a ticket and come along and enjoy our wide range of events brought to you by the talented writers and amazing organisations local to Deptford and South East London. The festival features writers, artists and organisations local to South East London including Inua Ellams, Jay Bernard, Jamie Hale, Ella Frears, TOKEN Magazine, Round Table Books, Apples and Snakes, Poetry London, the Poetry Translation Centre and many, many more.

Download the Deptford Literature Festival programme here (PDF)

Our friends at Round Table Books have curated a special programme of family activity for our younger festival goers, featuring immense writers and illustrators for children including Alexandra Sheppard, Hannah Lee, Nathan Bryon, Dapo Adeola and mayamada comics. Our children’s events all take place at the children’s library at Deptford Lounge. Check out our families events here for more info, including recommended ages:

The day concludes with a very special event: Inua Ellams’ R.A.P. Party Remix; an open mic version of his internationally successful Rhythm and Poetry hip hop night. Poets are asked to respond to a track on a special playlist- prep your poem or tune in advance and turn up just before the event to put your name down.

The tracks can be found on the event Spotify playlist:

Deptford Literature Festival Access

Access to great writing and reading is at the heart of everything we do at Spread the Word. So, Deptford Literature Festival has been designed with access at its heart: 

TOKEN magazine 

A special Deptford Literature Festival edition of TOKEN Magazine will be available to pick up for free at The Albany and Deptford Lounge on the festival day. Editor Sara Jafari has curated a special edition of the magazine that features local writers and writing based in South East London.

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