Working on the second Balham literary festival set me to musing about the things that make Balham an inspiring place to call home. The second world war of course features in everyone’s memories – the tragedy at the underground station of 14th October 1940, the dark rumour that Hitler had planned to set up shop in Du Cane Court. Our neighbourhood has welcomed new arrivals from around the world, including the Polish community and the Windrush generation. Our religious worshippers have founded a mosque, a temple and a synagogue as well as churches. There are cultural landmarks, too – the Lido, the Bedford pub itself – and proximity to important health centres past and present, including St George’s Hospital and the former asylum at Tooting Bec. Edward Thomas and Thomas Hardy both have connections to the area, marking our literary heritage. We have a café culture and a relaxed, friendly vibe which makes this place so popular.
I wanted to gather up all these threads and bring together writers – many of whom are South Londoners – to explore themes of war, migration, exile, creating a homeland, home cooking, swimming, mental health and neurosurgery, literature, singer songwriting, the Caribbean today, the lands at the edges of Western Europe, and how children feel about fitting in to their environment. I hope you enjoy the events and I hope they make you feel proud – as I am – to have such a diverse and stimulating home.
Susie Nicklin, April 2017
Pop-up bookshop all weekend at The Bedford
Dulwich Books is an award-winning independent bookshop based in West Dulwich. We were shortlisted for Best Independent Bookshop in London at the British Book Awards 2017
We run two book clubs and a host of literary events at a range of venues across South London.
Do come and see us during opening hours or call on 020 8670 1920, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have more than 6000 books in stock but remember if you ask us before 1700 we can usually get you any book by 1200 the next day.
6 Croxted Road, Dulwich, SE21 8SW
Phone: 020 8670 1920
Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
Save the date:
Dulwich Literary Festival 10th – 12th November 2017 at Dulwich College