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St Dunstan’s College to sponsor the first ever Catford Literary Festival – FE News


St Dunstan’s College, Catford, South London, is delighted to sponsor the first ever Catford Literary Festival.

The first Catford Literary Festival will take place in early October and will host 15 authors over two days at Abbotshall HLC in Catford.

Speaking about the festival, St Dunstan’s head Nick Hewlett said:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the first ever Catford Literary Festival, which promises to be a vibrant and engaging event for the local community. St Dunstan’s College is committed to working with local partners to provide life-enhancing opportunities for local people that help improve communities.”

Natasha Clarkson, director of Abbotshall Center and Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to bring a new book festival to South East London and to highlight literature in Catford. We really want to showcase the diverse literary talent that the area has to offer and we’ve been inundated with local authors who want to take part.”

Authors signed up for this year’s festival include Jimmy Famureva, Rebecca Seale and Brenda Garrick.

Jimmy Famureva, restaurant critic for the Evening Standard, who will be speaking on Saturday about his forthcoming book Settlers: A Journey Through the Food, Faith and Culture of Black African London. Rebecca Seale, who lives in Forest Hill and has been a writer for 18 years, will talk about SOLO: How to Work Alone (and Not Lose Your Mind) on Sunday. Seal is an award-winning writer and also runs a local photography studio, Kemble House. She has written ten books and her non-fiction is published worldwide in newspapers and magazines.

Brenda Garrick will also be appearing on Sunday when she will be reading from Jamakspeare. Featuring Jamaican-language reinterpretations of Shakespeare’s soliloquies and soliloquies, her book is an inventive and fascinating take on the Bard’s classic works. Perfect for young readers, Jamakespeare makes Shakespeare fresh and new and is a compelling take on the canonical texts.

Other highlights of the weekend include local author Niamh Mulvey leading a discussion featuring debut authors, and a food writing session with big names from the world of food and drink, including Helen Graves, who lived in South East London for many years and writes the much-loved Food Stories blog.

Recently named Independent Senior School of the Year at the Tes Awards, St Dunstan’s is committed to providing life-enriching opportunities to local communities.

Headteacher Nick Hewlett added: “We recognize that as an independent school we are in a privileged position both in terms of our facilities and the experience of our staff and pupils. It is vital to us that this can benefit and contribute to communities beyond our college. As one of the only independent schools in Lewisham, we believe in a wider educational purpose that supports ongoing aspirations to improve the lives of the borough and its people.’

The College is committed to regularly working with local partners to provide local people with empowerment opportunities that will promote social mobility, promote wellbeing and improve communities in addition to responding with kindness and compassion.

Free tickets will be available for all Catford Literary Festival events. Guests can make a donation to support the ongoing work of Abbotshall.

Tickets are available here: Events of the Literary Festival in Catford | Eventbrite

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