One of the biggest highlights in the London literary calendar, Battersea Literature Festival, takes place in early September at Battersea Arts Centre and surrounding venues.
Although the venues are actually closer to Clapham Junction than Battersea, it hasn’t stopped Battersea’s most famous residents getting in on the action. Best-selling Author Isabel Losada will be returning to Waterstones Clapham Junction, where she will sit on display in the shop window and offer 15 minute surgeries to anyone wanting advice on writing or becoming an author. Her services will be available Monday-Saturday throughout the festival — just turn up if you want her help, or give her a wave as you walk past the shop window.
There’s also a chance to have lunch with award-winning author David Mitchell, while crime authors Mark Billingham and Tania Carver will be making a joint appearance. Tania Carver, by the way, is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team, and the husband, Martyn Waites, will be making this appearance.
Meanwhile, James Daunt (of Daunt Books fame, now managing director of Waterstones) talks about the future of bookshops, while author Joanne Harris focuses on folklore and mythology, followed by film director Richard Curtis talking about romantic comedies.
The Agent-led dog walk gives prospective authors a chance to go on a pooch promenade with literary agents, and ask their advice on writing a book (the agents that is, not the dogs). Money raised from this event goes to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
The local area also features heavily in Investigating Battersea — coming together of local photographers and historians.
Battersea Literature Festival runs from 1-14 September. Prices vary between events, booking required.