Bromley literary festival is town’s first

PUBLISHED: 16:31 09 June 2011

Organsisers Leila and Ali Dewji

Organsisers Leila and Ali Dewji


Historians, espionage experts, crime writers and romantic novelists not to mention pub quizzes, comedy and open microphone events are all planned for the town’s first literary festival.

“We’ve created a friendly festival to get the whole community engaging with books,” said Ali Dewji, one of the festival’s founders and co-director of self-publishing company Acorn Independent Press.

Central Library

Stretching from June 15 to July 10, and in partnership with Bromley Library Services and Waterstone’s bookshops, the festival highlights include:

n Saturday, June 18: Crime Writing Day, Bromley Central Library. Crime writing workshops from local authors Heather Steed and Linda Regan; true crime and espionage talks on the CIA; Cuba and a case that changed forensic science and Bookdagger’s Crime Writers’ Question Time.

The panel includes 2010 winner of CWA Ellis prize for historical fiction, Rory Clements, plus Julia Crouch and MJ McGrath.

n Thursday, June 23: Murder on the Disorientated Express, 7pm, Bromley Central Library. All aboard for a murder mystery evening full of crime, clues and canapés.

n Saturday, June 25: Ladies Who Love Day, Bromley Central Library.

This features a romantic heroes’ workshop, a talk on Jane Austen and romance from Austen devotee and novelist, Juliet Archer; Ladies Who Love Question Time with Dorothy Koomson, author of Richard & Judy bookclub selection My Best Friend’s Girl; Victoria Fox, author of Hollywood Sinners and Lyne Tapper, author of Living with Feet Too Big for a Glass Slipper.

The day concludes with Impromance, an improvised romantic comedy from Exquisite Folly Theatre.

n July 7-9: A Comedy of Errors, Bromley Central Library.

A modern production of Shakespeare’s farcical, fast-paced and joyous play about mistaken identity by The Firefly Theatre Co.

It all kicks off on Wednesday, June 15 with an Acorn author and festival launch party at The Tomfoolery pub from 7pm.

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