What’s On

Here is our programme for this year! If you have any questions about the events below, please send an email to info@kilburnliteraryfestival.co.uk.

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Flash Fiction Competition (500 words) – 28th October @ 8:00pm

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The North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 7QB
Tickets £10

Join the finalists of our Flash Fiction (500 words) Writing Competition and vote for your favourites.

10 shortlisted stories will be brought to life through readings by professional actors – enjoy the theatrics and be a part of selecting the winners.

First prize £100, our coveted Trophy and much more.

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Adventures with Morrissey – 30th October @ 8.00pm

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The North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 7QB
Tickets £8

Music and literature lovers: join ex-Smiths and Morrissey band members and celebrity super fans as they chat to Julie Hamill, author of Fifteen Minutes with You, about their shared love of all things Morrissey.

Gain ‘a different perspective on the man, his music and his fans’ connection to him.’

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The Military Career of Colin Campbell – 1st November @ 3.00pm

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The North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 7QB
Tickets £8

Adrian Greenwood has written the first major biography of Campbell since 1880. He brings the military career of Victorian general Sir Colin Campbell to us in an interesting, engaging and surprisingly fun way. Following the career of the man who saved India for the British Empire, a man who spent fifty-five years fighting Frenchmen, Americans, Irish, Chinese, Russians, Pathans, Indians and the British establishment is a revelation.

Signed copies will be available.

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Kick Start Your Creative Writing – 29th October @ 11:00am – 1:00pm

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The Kilburn Library Centre 12-22 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 5UH
Tickets £8

This is a creative writing workshop like no other: award winning writer and editor, Allen Ashley, will host a two hour, family friendly creative writing workshop for all ages.

Regardless of experience, inspiration and creativity will hit your page within minutes as Allen expertly helps you tap into your writing skills.

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Ideas to Publication – 30th October @ 7:00pm

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The Kilburn Library Centre 12-22 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 5UH
Tickets £5

New Authors tell of their very different journeys from ideas to publication.

Meet:
Alex Hourston, author of In My House (‘a strikingly promising debut’ – The Guardian, Laura Barnett, chosen as one of the Observer’s New Faces of Fiction 2015 and author of The Versions of Us and Richard Philipps author of A Polaroid of Peggy – ‘Funny. Revealing. Wonderful’ –Maureen Lipman

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Losing It with Helen Lederer – 3rd November @ 8:00pm

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The North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 7QB
Tickets £10

Join the irrepressible Helen Lederer in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland with readings from Alice and her own book Losing It.

Helen has been called ‘the funniest woman in England’ by none other than Dawn French so it promises to be an Absolutely Fabulous evening.

She’s joined by Toni Green, star of Sadie and the Faded Ladies – she is also the voice of The Congestion Charge and of British Airways.

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Literary Pub Quiz – 4th November @ 8:00pm – 10:00pm

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The North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 7QB
£5 entry to quiz

Think you know your Shakespeare from your P D James? Enlist your literature fluent friends to form a team and use your knowledge to win our coveted trophy as Celebrity Quizmaster extraordinaire Stewart McCartney tests your literary prowess at The Kilburn Literary Festival Pub Quiz. McCartney, setter of quizzes and game shows including The Weakest Link, The Krypton Factor, The Unbelievable Truth and The Round Britain Quiz, asks the questions and shares his secrets in his fascinating book Popular Errors Explained.

A raffle will be held in aid of the local libraries campaign and a collection will be taken in aid of The Marie Curie Hospice.

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Crime Writers – 29th October @ 7.30pm

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The Sherriff Centre, St James Church, Sherriff Rd, London NW6 2AP
Ticket £8

With this newly refurbished Gothic landmark providing the perfect backdrop, crime writers John Gordon Sinclair, the Olivier winning BAFTA nominated actor and author of Seventy Times Seven and Blood Whispers, Rod Reynolds author of The Dark Inside and Sarah Ward author of In Bitter Chill and Amazon Rising Star will discuss the ever popular crime genre and their own brilliant thrillers.

Jake Kerridge, journalist and arts critic for the Telegraph, will chair the event.

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Workshops – 31st October – @ 11:00am – 12:00pm

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The Tricycle Creative Space, 269 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 7JR
Tickets £5 include Alice facts and refreshments

Celebrating 150 years since the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…

Alice Took a Detour
Calling all Alice fans – continue your journey into the magical world of Alice in Wonderland with author of Alice Took a Detour, Karen Georghiou, as she talks about the process of self-publishing, getting your book on Amazon and the art of self-promotion.

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Drop-in Poetry @ Costa – 2nd November @ 4.00pm

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Costa Coffee, 73 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 6HY
Free Event

Interested in poetry? This is an open event for the poetically inclined.

Join poets from the local area and read your own work, or share that which inspires you by reading the work of your most loved poet – all while enjoying a warming beverage.

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Keep scrolling to read about our festival of books

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Festival of Books – 31st October @ 2:00pm – 6:00pm

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Sherriff Centre at St. James’ Church, 2 Sherriff Road, London NW6 2AP
Free Entry

Oliver Harris, will read from his latest book Deep Shelter featuring ‘London’s coolest cop’ – Detective Nick Belsey of Hampstead CID who ‘makes London as eerie as Le Carre’s Berlin or Larsson’s Stockholm’ Evening Standard. Deep Shelter is a twisting, turning journey from the streets of the capital to the subterranean secrets of disused underground tracks and stations that are very much in existence in modern-day and real-life London.

Lisa Eveleigh reads from her critically acclaimed biography Beauty and Chivalry: The Duchess of Richmond’s Ball and shares her insight into research methods. Published to coincide with the bicentenary of Waterloo. Unbeknownst to her and the assembly of officers, mothers and daughters the Duchess of Richmond held a glittering ball the night before the Battle of Waterloo. There’s a heady mix of glamour, a sexual thrill hangs in the air, but that never detracts from the pathos.

Stewart McCartney is a strange and wonderful fellow. A legend in television and radio, he has the most extraordinary job as a question setter on Brain of Britain, Mastermind, Weakest Link, The Krypton Factor, The Unbelievable Truth, Round Britain Quiz and The Chase. He’ll be reading from his latest book: Popular Errors Explained.

Glenys Newton will be reading from her book Home Flown and discussing topics ranging from the safer ways of visiting safari parks and how the summer festival goer can help refugees in Calais.

For children, there will be an Alice in Wonderland Fancy Dress Competition, with book tokens as prizes, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with themed ‘Eat Me Drink Me’ snacks available from The Sanctuary Café.

Local author of the Shrinking Violet adventure series, Lou Kuenzler will read from her very funny series for children.

There will be a competition to design a bookmark for next year’s Festival.

Barrington Stoke Dyslexic Specialists will be providing information on books adapted for Dyslexic readers.

Speed Event – 5 minutes to talk to an author, agent or publisher. Book-in on arrival.

Creative Writing Corner – aspiring authors join local authors, Jill Goldman and Michael Hobbs as they read their work.

The Sanctuary café will be open and a raffle will be drawn in aid of local libraries.