Deptford Literature Festival

Celebrating the diversity and creativity of South East London.

Taking place on Saturday 14 March 2020 at various locations around Deptford, Deptford Literature Festival will feature performances, readings, workshops and more, with activities led by local writers and creatives: Inua Ellams, Ella Frears, Jamie Hale, Jay Bernard, TOKEN Magazine and Round Table Books.

The full programme will be announced at the end of January 2020.

Deptford Literature Festival is run by Spread the Word in collaboration with Producer Tom MacAndrew, and funded by Arts Council England.

There are currently tickets available to buy for the following Deptford Literature Festival events – all taking place on 14 March 2020 at various locations across Deptford:

  • When the Tide is Out – A Deptford Creek Walk and Poetry Workshop with Ella Frears, Creekside Discovery Centre, 10am – 3pm, £20. BUY TICKETS


  • Writing the Past: Black Archives and Activism with Jay Bernard, Deptford Lounge, 2.30 -4.00pm, £5: BUY TICKETS


  • Dissembling Nature: A Poetry Workshop with Jamie Hale, Deptford Lounge, 10.30am – 1.30pm, £10: BUY TICKETS



  • Children’s bookstore Round Table Books are curating a whole day of different activities at Deptford Literature Festival, for children aged 3+. Activities will include drawing sessions with an illustrator, author readings and writing workshops, comic book workshops with author signings and a book stall. Authors and organisations appearing at the families activity day include Hannah Lee, Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola, Mayamada Comics and Alexandra Sheppard. Most activities will be drop-in, and any activities that require booking will be available to book from the end of January 2020.


  • A special festival edition of TOKEN Magazine will be produced for the festival and available on the day. TOKEN showcases writing by underrepresented groups, and this special edition will feature writers from Deptford and Lewisham, as well as those writing about the local area.


More activity will be announced at the end of January 2020. To keep updated please join the Spread the Word mailing list.


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