Deptford Literature Festival

Deptford Literature Festival celebrates the diversity and creativity of South East London through stories, words and performance.  

Taking place on Saturday 14 March 2020 at various locations around Deptford, Deptford Literature Festival features performances, readings, walks, workshops and more, with activities led by local writers and creatives including: Inua Ellams, Ella Frears, Jamie Hale, Jay Bernard, TOKEN Magazine and Round Table Books. 14 of the 17 festival events are free. Four of the festival events are BSL interpreted. 

Download the Deptford Literature Festival programme here (PDF)

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

The Programme at-a-glance:


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

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

  • Writing Flash Fiction: Get Inspired by Deptford Market with Maria Thomas, Deptford Lounge, 10.30am – 12.30pm, free: BOOK TICKETS


  • Matchstick Theatre Company presents: N89, Matchstick Piehouse, 1.30pm – 2.30pm, free: BOOK TICKETS

  • Dead Men in Deptford – a literary walking tour with Anna Sayburn Lane, Deptford Lounge start (finish at Surrey Quays station) 1.30pm – 3.00pm, free: BOOK TICKETS 

  • Writing the Past: Black Archives and Activism with Jay Bernard, presented by Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions, Deptford Lounge, BSL interpreted, 2.30 -4.00pm, £5: BUY TICKETS

  • Matchstick Theatre Company Playwriting workshop, Deptford Lounge 3.30 – 4.30pm, free: BOOK TICKETS 

  • BORN::FREE Speaking Histories poetry and sound workshop, Deptford Lounge, 4.00pm – 6.30pm, free: BOOK TICKETS 

  • Poetry and the Machine: Machine-generated poetry in translation with Tice Cin and Khairani Barokka, presented by Poetry Translation Centre, Deptford Lounge, 4.00 – 5.00pm, free: BOOK TICKETS 

  • Poetry London x Goldsmiths, Deptford Lounge, 4.30 – 6.30pm, Free: BOOK TICKETS


  • Somewhere We Can Take Refuge – a poetry reading with Bejun Matur and Jen Hadfield presented by Poetry Translation Centre, Villages Brewery, 5.30 – 6.30pm, Free: BOOK TICKETS

  • Apples and Snakes present a chilled out story session, The Albany Café, 5.30 – 6.30pm, BSL interpreted, Free: BOOK TICKETS 

  • Inua Ellams’ R.A.P. Party Remix, The Albany, 7.30pm -10.00pm,  BSL interpreted, Free: REGISTER FOR FREE TICKETS


Children’s bookstore Round Table Books are curating a whole day of different activities at Deptford Literature Festival. All the festival families events are held at the children’s library in Deptford Lounge. The families lineup is:

Hannah Lee, ‘My Hair’, for ages 3+, 10 – 10.45am, Free: BOOK TICKETS

Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola, ‘Look Up!’, for ages 3+, 11am – 12pm, free: BOOK TICKETS

Alexandra Sheppard, Oh My Gods, for ages 9+, 1pm – 1.45pm, free: BOOK TICKETS

mayamada comics workshop, for ages 8 – 12, 2 – 4pm, free: BOOK TICKETS

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.


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