Deptford Literature Festival:
Lewisham Writers in Conversation

Join writers Caleb Azumah Nelson and Sara Jafari in conversation with Salma El-Wardany for readings and discussion around creating new work in Deptford and Lewisham.

BSL interpreted.

Join local writers making their mark on the literary world discussing what South East London means to them. 


– This event is BSL interpreted.

– Deptford Lounge has accessible toilets, and Changing Place facilities ( you require additional access in order to attend the Festival, for example larger print handouts at workshops, or a Scribe, or anything else you may need to ensure you can take part, please get in touch: [email protected] 

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Deptford Literature Festival takes place on Saturday 19 March 2022 and celebrates the diversity and creativity of Deptford and Lewisham through words, stories and performance. It is run as a collaboration between producer Tom MacAndrew and Spread the Word.

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About the speakers

Caleb Azumah Nelson

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Caleb Azumah Nelson is a twenty-seven-year-old British-Ghanaian writer and photographer living in South East London. His photography has been shortlisted for the Palm Photo Prize and won the People’s Choice Prize. His short story, PRAY, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2020. His first novel, OPEN WATER, won the Costa First Novel Award, was shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year, and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize. His second novel, SMALL WORLDS, will be published in May 2023.

Sara Jafari

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Sara Jafari is a British-Iranian author and editor. She is a contributor of the essay collection “I Will Not Be Erased”: Our stories about growing up as people of colour (Walker Books, 2019), and Who’s Loving You (Trapeze, 2021). She also single-handedly runs TOKEN Magazine, a literary and arts print magazine featuring under-represented writers and artists, as well as working in children’s book publishing. Her debut novel The Mismatch was published by Penguin Random House in 2021.

Salma El-Wardany


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Writer, poet, speaker and BBC radio presenter, Salma El-Wardany performs internationally, has given 2 TEDx Talks, worked with Edinburgh University on the Dangerous Woman project, as well as partnering with The British Library and The Wellcome Collection. She’s half Egyptian, half Irish and part Desi, regularly working with global brands to raise awareness through poetry and conversation. She’s part of the award-winning bestseller It’s Not About the Burqa and is currently publishing her debut novel in June 2022 with Trapeze in the UK, and Grand Central in the US.


Deptford Lounge Main Hall
9 Giffin Street