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World Book Night Party 13 February 2011

Posted by Philip in Libraries.

World Book Night logoThere’s a lot of debate at the moment over the controversial closure of five of Lewisham’s libraries, including Crofton Park and Sydenham, but times are busily continuing at Forest Hill Library with an event to celebrate World Book Night.

It’s going to be held on Saturday 5th March between 4:30 and 8pm and you’ll need to book your ticket for it in advance. Here’s what the librarians say about it:

Take part in the largest UK book give-away ever attempted. Special guest readings and performances on an evening at which books can be gifted or purchased. This event is free to attend for adults and accompanied children. Advance bookers have a great opportunity to win a free book on the night. Courtesy refreshments available.

The Forest Hill Library event showcases published local writers and performance poets. Lauded performance poet and celebrated editor in chief of his own independent publisher (Flipped Eye), Nii Ayikwei Parkes introduces his debut novel, Tail of the Blue Bird, published by Jonathan Cape. It’s a beautifully written murder mystery set in a rural part of Ghana and built around the relationship between a western trained forensic scientist and an elderly hunter steeped in the folklore of the village.

Winner of the Mail on Sunday novel competition, Bronia Kita, tells of The Swansong of Wilbur McCrum, published by Picador. A tale set in the Wild West during the gold-rush as seen through the eyes of an inspired fictional creation.

Chrissie Gittins is Forest Hill’s resident poet. Her poems have won prizes, been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, animated for Cbeebies television, and are widely anthologised. Steve Smith will introduce his insightful book on the origins and development of gospel music in Britain. Members from local writing group, Inspired Word, will also contribute to the evening, which will be compered by storyteller, Sandra Agard. There is an opportunity to buy signed copies from our published writers.

Pre-book your place with Forest Hill Library (Tel: 020 8699 2065).



1. Alex Feakes - 7 March 2011

I popped along to the library for a while on Saturday and it was in full swing. It was lovely to hear local writers and poets present their own work, and to see so many local readers getting involved!

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