Battersea Literary Festival 2011

Highlights of this year's events

The SW11 Literary Festival 2011 kicks off on September 17th with its main theme as Literary Monsters - here are some of the highlights:

Monsters of Poetry: BAC, 18 September 7pm £3 Aoife Mannix will be presenting a monstrous set of poetry cabaret in the BAC café. Witness the 'Monsters of Poetry', otherwise known as Yemisi Blake, Comfort and Richard Marsh, mess about with wordplay.
Fiona Mountain and Tracy Borman, History in Fact and Fiction: Waterstone’s, 19 September 7pm £4 Fiona Mountain's first novel, Isabella, was short-listed for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2000. Mountain's latest novel, Cavalier Queen, is set in 17th century England. Tracy Borman wrote the first English biography about the 'first' Queen of England: Matilda, William the Conqueror's wife.

Emma Craigie – Chocolate Cake with Hitler: Waterstone’s, 20 September 7pm
£4 This book was nominated for the 2011 Carnegie Medal and the Authors Club First Novel Award. Craigie will be talking about her book and will be available for questions and signings.

Publish and Promote – Stephen Benatar, Bobbie Darbyshire and Sagheer Afzal: Waterstone’s, 21 September 7pm
£4 Discover all there is to know about publishing, self-publishing and promoting your novel once it is published from these 3 experts.

Blogs & Books: Kerstin Rodgers, PK Munroe and Tom Reynolds: BAC, 23 September 7pm
£4 Blogs lead to books and sometimes books lead to blogging. Come and meet the authors, hear how they did it, and even ask the questions you've always wanted to ask.

Rebecca Gerlings: Waterstone’s, 24 September 10am Free
Come join us for a free children's storytelling event at Waterstones. This event is suitable for children ages 3+.

Isabel Losada – Workshop: How to get published: Northcote Library, 24 September 2pm
£5 Losada gives an informative, realistic and entertainting workshop by drawing on her ten years of experience. Book early as this workshop always sells out.

Alex Wheatle: Waterstone’s, 24 September 7pm
£4 Local resident and widely-acclaimed author Alex Wheatle talks about his new book: Brenton Brown.

You can pick up a copy of the full programme of events in any of the local Waterstone’s stores and all the Battersea libraries. Also go to
You can also book tickets to this year’s events at
Phone: 0207 627 3182
In person: At Waterstone’s store on St John’s Road in Battersea
and for the first time this year, tickets are available on-line:
or by Post: To Lorinda Freint, EDO 1st Floor New Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU (cheque payments only).

September 5, 2011