Lit Crawl London 2015 Friday 16 October

Crawl the streets of Peckham and get intoxicated on literature (as well as your lubricant of choice). Lit Crawl London, in partnership with the Literary Kitchen Festival, invites you to choose your own path through a series of events held right across the neighbourhood. We’ll be taking over pubs, bookshops, an arcade bar, a pool club and coffeeshops to bring readers and writers together. Free events, a relaxed atmosphere and an eclectic selection of poetry, art and fiction make the Crawl a melting pot for book lovers and anyone drawn to the pleasures of the unexpected.

This is the third year of Lit Crawl London, and we’re growing! We will have a total of 16 different events to choose from on Friday 16 October, with an afterparty at the NINES in Copeland Park. And don’t forget to check out the programme for the Literary Kitchen Festival, taking place from 12 – 18 October. 


Programme: (Please note, Unthank Books is in phase 1, not 2 as previously stated.)

Phase 1

RAP Party – Rhythm and Poetry Party.
Poets introduce their favourite rap records and read poems inspired by them.
Hosted by Inua Ellams
@ Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club
188 Rye Lane

Fresh Meat: Novel extracts including mechanical spiders, and escape from Soviet Russia
Hosted by Literary Kitchen
@ The Montpelier
43 Choumert Road

Barbara Brownskirt is a humourless lesbian poet fuelled by her obsessions: her mother, her ex-girlfriend’s cruelty free shoes and her guiding light, Judi Dench. Prolific poet and writer-in-residence at the 197 bus stop on Croydon Road.
@ Review Bookshop
131 Bellenden Road

Relax with a pint as Liars’ League’s team of professional actors bring stories to life before your very eyes! Funny, scary, sexy or sad, you’ll find fresh fiction for every taste from the award-winning, globe-spanning, Radio-4-broadcast short story maestros.
Hosted by Liars’ League
@ Brick Brewery
Blenheim Grove

In this showcase event, three of Myriad’s debut authors, Emily Bullock, Sara Marshall-Ball and S.E. Craythorne, give live readings and discuss the art of writing family secrets.
Hosted by Myriad Editions
@ Anderson & Co
139 Bellenden Road

The Unthologists. Indie press Unthank Books of Norwich and London showcase three of the finest contributors to their acclaimed bi-annual short story collection ‘Unthology.’
Hosted by Robin Jones.
@ Petitou Cafe
63 Choumert Road

Phase 2

The Poetry Inquisition is a night of poetry held to account: poets will face probing questions from the audience and a good-natured but merciless grilling by a panel of interrogators.
Hosted by Thirteen Pages
@ Small White Elephant
28 Choumert Road

A Peculiar evening in Peckham; Join Caleb Femi and friends Ruth Ellen (singer/songwriter), Alexis AOA (Poet) and Josette Joseph (Poet) for an evening of music and song.
Hosted by the Peckham Peculiar
@ Peckham Liberal Club
24 Elm Grove

Coming up from air – a night of spoken word from Resonance FM – “the best radio station in London” (The Guardian).
Featuring Frank Key, Audrey Reynolds, Tony White and surprise guests.
@ Yada’s
Railway arch 163

Bad Omens: Readings from new works on superstition
Hosted by Julia Calver
@ The Four Quarters
187 Rye Lane

We adopt their customs and everything they say we steal
The Quietus
@ Walters Family School of Taekwondo
D Block, Bussey Building

Phase 3

FORMLESS, in opposition of form. 5 short performances in the gym.
Hosted by Julia Warr
@ The Yard
Copeland Park

An evening of readings presented by the London-based literature and arts quarterly.
Hosted by the White Review
Copeland Park

Conversations with John Locke. A modern response to the Enlightenment’s philosopher book on human knowledge and understanding.
Hosted by the SXWKS Collective
@ Rye Wax
Basement, CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building

Literary Pub Quiz hosted by South East London Journal
@ Yogarise
B Block, Bussey Building

10pm – midnight

Afterparty @ The NINES
Copeland Park
With resident DJs Gazebo and the Lit Crawl London book stand


The Lit Crawl London organising committee consists of:

Mette Risa
Peter McLeod
Andrea Mason