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Events You Missed at Dulwich Books in West Dulwich

Hi, these are just some of the brilliant events that Dulwich Books have held over the past few years. We aim for a relaxed event where the author and customers are the most important people at the event and with everyone having an enjoyable experience.

We host a large number of our events in the bookshop where we can accommodate an audience up to 45 people. For authors and events attracting a larger audience we will host the event at All Saints Church, two spaces of 100 & 600, in The Old Library at Dulwich College for 120, Linbury Room at Dulwich Picture Gallery for 100 or Alleyns School for audience numbers of 300.

Are you an publicist or author and would like to hold an event at Dulwich Books in West Dulwich? email your idea to us at hello@dulwichbooks.co.uk

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Events in 2016

  • Thursday 14th January saw 120 people pack The Bedford for our event I Call Myself a Feminist. With Kate and Martha Mosse together with Caroline Kent, Meltem Avcil, Amy Annette, Hajar Wright.
  • Thursday 21st January our customers packed out the bookshop to hear Fiona Barton & Ann Morgan talk writing thrillers and how they got published.
  • 28th January Helen Dunmore sold out the shop to launch her latest novel Exposure
  • 4th February we welcomed Jem Lester and Monica Wood for our New Voices series
  • 11th February was our second event at The Bedford in Balham – ‘growing up communist’ with David Aaronovitch and Jo McMillan
  • 9th March was the second of our Deadly in Dulwich events, celebrating the best of contemporary crime writing. We welcomed Claire McGowan, Alex Marwood, Erin Kelly and Jane Casey
  • 10th March we hosted a lively discussion about the refugee crisis with Ben Rawlence, Olumide Popoola, Annie Holmes and Christina Lamb
  • 8th April we put on a hugely popular night of New Nigerian Writing with Elnathan John, Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Leye Adenle
  • Mervyn King sold out the MCT Theatre at Alleyn’s School in conversation with Will Hutton
  • 26th April we hosted a special sold out evening of Irish Crime writing with Sinead Crowley, Jo Spain and Kate McQuaile. Whisky cocktails were imbibed!
  • 31st May Hay Festival came to Dulwich as we welcomed 3 writers from 3 continents – Alvaro Enrigue, Milena Busquets and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
  • 10th – 12th June was the inaugural Balham Literary Festival in association with Dulwich Books and featuring an all-star line-up of writers, artists and activists. See http://www.balhamliteraryfestival.co.uk
  • Richard Seymour launched his important biography of Jeremy Corbyn at the shop
  • 22nd June Paul Mason and Rachel Aspden were in conversation at All Saints church

Events in 2015:

  • Irving Finkel with a sellout audience of 100 on a book+ticket deal in Dulwich Picture Gallery in January.
  • A crime panel with Christobel Kent, Colette McBeth & Rebecca Whitney entertained a full bookshop on 21st January with homemade tarts and gin for subsistence.
  • Henry Hemmings appeared at the Dulwich Picture Gallery with a book+ticket deal.
  • An evening of poetry at Dulwich Library with an audience of 90 on 10th February for Jane Yeh, Rebecca Goss, Kei Miller and Tara Bergin.
  • Debut novelist Emma Hooper entertained an audience of 25 in the bookshop on 12th February.
  • An audience of 120 heard Sophie Hannah and Fanny Blake talk about the Quick Reads 2015 books at Canada Water Library.
  • Alan Johnson packed out the main hall at Elmgreen School on 17th March when he chatted with Guardian journalist Lucy Mangan.
  • On 18th March Evie Wyld celebrated her European Prize for Literature win in the bookshop.
  • 24th March saw a packed bookshop gripped by the conversation between S J Watson and Paula Hawkins.
  • Debut novelists Sara Taylor and Catherine Chanter chatted to an audience of 28 in the bookshop on 31st March.
  • 8th May we were at Alleyns School for a conversation between Zoe Williams and Danny Dorling with an audience of 140.
  • Saturday 16th May we were at Alleyns School as David Starkey spoke to a packed Great Hall audience of 280.
  • On Saturday 6th June we had a full storytelling audience of under 7’s hear Sarah McIntyre read from her picture book, Dinosaur Police.
  • On Thursday 18th June an extremely packed bookshop was entralled as David Mitchell chatted with debut novelist Laura Barnett about The Bone Clocks and writing.
  • Saturday 20th June we hosted a storytelling session with Joanne Gale.
  • Tuesday 23rd June we hosted a full bookshop for the W&N debut novelists of 2015: Laura Barnett, Cathriona Ward, Colin McIntyre and Antonia Honeywell.
  • On Wednesday 24th June we hosted an event with Matthew Beaumont as he spoke about his highly regarded and well reviewed, Nightwalking.
  • Thursday 25th June saw Patrick Gale & Sarah Winman talk about their latest novels to a full bookshop.
  • Thursday 30th June we were thrilled to host a conversation between Cathy Rentzenbrink and Max Porter to a full bookshop, accompanied by homemade tarts, beer & wine.
  • A packed audience in All Saints Church who came on a book+ticket deal were engrossed by Sebastian Faulks for over an hour as he talked about his writing, his latest novel Where My Heart Used To Beat and touched on England’s chances in Rugby World Cup.
  • On Tuesday 3rd November in Canada Water Culture Space we hosted the book launch for Ali Smith‘s to celebrate her new book Public Libraries and Other Stories. We choose to run this event on a book+ticket deal to ensure  high book sales.
  • Tessa Hadley & Janey Davey in conversation about writing and contemporary literary fiction with Alex Clark.
  • Sandi Toksvig discussing A Slice of Moon along with the idea and concept behind the Women’s Equality Party on Wednesday 18th November.
  • Matt Haig began his Sleigh Bell Dash in Dulwich Books on Saturday 21st November celebrating his new book A Boy Called Christmas.
  • West Dulwich Fair Saturday 28th November.
  • Lynn Hill, founder of the Clandestine Cake Club met the clubs from Wandsworth and Greenwich in the bookshop on Tuesday 1st December.

Events in 2014

  • Thursday 27th February saw our year of events begin with Helen Oyeyemi and Naomi Wood in conversation to a full bookshop talking about their latest novels.
  • Friday 28th February we supported author James McManus launch his latest novel, Black Venus in the Greyhound in Dulwich Village with an audience of 30.
  • Saturday 1st March we hosted Giles Paley-Phillips at our storytelling session.
  • Monday 3rd March we hosted a crime panel with James Naughtie and Sarah Hilary.
  • Tom Rob Smith spoke to a packed bookshop in an event that was a book+ticket deal on Thursday 6th March.
  • On 11th March we hosted an event with Joanna Trollope on a book+ticket deal to a packed Linbury Room with an audience of 90.
  • 13th March saw Ben MacIntyre in conversation with Caroline Sanderson in The Great Hall of Alleyns with an audience of 250.
  • Professor John Carey was in conversation with Caroline Sanderson on 14th March in The Great Hall of Alleyns with an audience of 150.
  • John Banville was in conversation with Tom Williams in the Wodehouse Library at Dulwich College on 20th March.
  • Friday 7th May saw Adam Rutherford and Kevin Fong in conversation to a packed Old Library at Dulwich College.
  • Tuesday 13th May we supported the Dulwich Festival for an event with Edward Stourton and Simon Pearson in the hall at The Charter School.
  • On Thursday 15th May we supported the Dulwich Festival for an event with Jerry White.
  • Sarah Dunant spoke at the Linbury Room at Dulwich Picture Gallery at an event that was a book+ticket deal.
  • At Bel-Air house on Thursday 29th May we hosted a lunch for Sir Hustvedt.
  • Alan Johnson spoke to an audience of 240 in All Saints Church on Thursday 5th June.
  • On Tuesday 1st July to celebrate IBW we hosted Linda Grant in the bookshop.
  • Eimear McBride and Lee Rourke were in conversation to a full bookshop on 3rd July, chaired by Max Porter.
  • Tuesday 7th October saw Tracy Chevalier talk to a full Linbury Room in Dulwich Picture Gallery on a book+ticket deal.
  • Tuesday 7th October we hosted Sarah Waters in conversation with John O’Connell in Alleyns with an audience of 230.
  • Thursday 9th October we hosted Antony Beevor talk in Alleyns School.
  • Tuesday 28th October we hosted in the bookshop a conversation between Laura Bates & Harriet Harman. This was a full event on a book+ticket deal.
  • Tuesday 28th October we hosted Chris O’Dowd & Nick Murphy to talk about their new book, Moone Boy to a full bookshop on a book+ticket deal.
  • Tuesday 11th November we hosted a conversation between John Lanchester and David Mitchell chaired by Robert Collins in The Great Hall at Alleyns to an audience of 280.
  • Monday 1st December we hosted Canadian author Denis Therault for an event in the bookshop. This event helped generate book sales of 120 copies of The Peculiar Life of the Lonely Postman.
  • Thursday 4th December we hosted neurosurgeon Henry Marsh for a conversation.

Pre 2014 Events include:

  • Margaret Drabble at The Linbury Room of Dulwich Picture Gallery in December 2013 on a book+ticket deal.
  • Kate Adie at a full hall in Alleyns School in November 2013.
  • Rachel Cooke in the bookshop in November 2013.
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes in Dulwich College in November 2013.
  • Eleanor Catton in conversation with Max Porter in September 2013.
  • Dannie Abse in conversation in September 2013.
  • Julia Donaldson book signing in August 2013.
  • Simon Mayo book signing for IBW July 2013.
  • Antony Beevor in the bookshop for IBW July 2013.
  • Ruth Ozeki in the bookshop for IBW July 2013.

We host a large number of our events in the bookshop for an audience up to 45 people. For authors and events attracting a larger audience we will host the event at All Saints Church, two spaces of 100 & 600, in The Old Library at Dulwich College for 120, Linbury Room at Dulwich Picture Gallery for 100 or Alleyns School for audience numbers of 300.

Are you an publicist or author and would like to hold an event at Dulwich Books in West Dulwich? email your idea to us at hello@dulwichbooks.co.uk

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