The first ever Bexley Bookbuzz literary festival

Bexley’s first ever literary festival - ‘Bookbuzz’ - will take place across the borough next year from 10–24 February.

Cllr Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, announced the festival this weekend (11 November) at an event to celebrate the opening of the new Workary and the end of refurbishment work at Welling Library - writes bexley.gov.uk.

The festival will feature events across the borough, including visits from authors, illustrators, storytellers, drama and art workshops, creative writing workshops, visits from famous book characters, poetry sessions and much more.

Authors set to visit the borough during the fortnight include world famous Ben Aaronovitch, Mike Gayle, Alison Weir and Stephen Booth.

During the fortnight there will be a chance to take part in ‘Where’s Wally hunts’, a special look into the ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ and a visit from the Gruffalo and Peter Rabbit.

There will be sessions on how to self-publish and the chance to try some book illustration skills.

Cllr Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure said; “There is something for everyone. We have fiction and non-fiction authors coming to talk about their work alongside visits from some very special book characters and a performance of former Bexley resident Roald Dahl’s The Twits!

“All of it is either free or available for a small fee. This kind of festival is just another reason why our borough deserves to be recognised as London Borough of Culture. Winning that accolade would mean even more community events like these for residents and visitors. We just need as many people to #backthebexleybid and remember to pick up your festival programme as soon as it is available, check online and get planning!”

The programme will be available online at www.bexley.gov.uk/libraries and in Council libraries from January.

Author and some other events will be ‘ticket only’ and spaces can be reserved either online or through a Council library once the full programme has been announced.

Cllr Craske announced the festival at the opening of the new Workary at Welling Library which also served to highlight the recent extensive refurbishment work at the library.

Keep an eye on www.bexley.gov.uk/news or follow @whatsoninbexley for updates.

The Council has officially launched its bid to become London’s first ever borough of Culture. If successful, Bexley and another winning borough will be awarded more than £1 million from the Mayor of London to shine a spotlight on what makes them special and unique, using creativity and the arts to celebrate their distinctive character. Visit www.bexleyculture.london to find out how to get involved and #backthebexleybid at @whatsoninbexley

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