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Sydenham Arts present WORDFAIR

Sydenham Arts

Word Fair
10 days celebrating words

5- 15 March

Festival Highlights


Alan Johnson MP and novelist in conversation with Matthew Sweet. Book here.


An evening with award-winning Guyanese poet John Agard and Brian Patten, one of the Liverpool poets of the sixties and author of more than 40 collections. Book here.

Rising Stars! Join Malika Booker and a host of London based poets, featuring Rachel Long, Laurie Bolger, Bridget Minamore, Rosie Knight in a showcase of young people’s poetry. Book here.

Tall Tales and Small Stories. Join the country’s finest authors and storytellers for an afternoon of ‘once upon a times’ and ‘happily ever afters’. Featuring children’s authors Steve Cole, Ciaran Murtagh and Chitra Soundar. Free Event.


Xiaolu Guo’s most recent novel I Am China has been translated into five languages; Xiaolu was named as a Granta’s Best of British Young Novelist. A British/Chinese writer and filmmaker with more than eight books to her name, her novel A Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Book here.


PLUS WORDS ON THE STREET. A world-beating trail of books laid end to end from Kirkdale Bookshop to Sydenham Library. Join the excitement in Sydenham’s High Street on Sunday 8 March starting at 11am as we attempt to break the World Record for the longest continuous trail of children’s books! Free event.


Sydenham Arts need volunteers, especially for Words on the Street. You can volunteer here.

To see full details of WORD FAIR or to book online visit Sydenham Arts


Tickets may also be booked by calling 020 8778 4701 during bookshop opening hours. They must be paid for in advance using a credit or debit card and can be collected from the box office or at the venue half an hour before start time.

Or call at the Box Office: Kirkdale Bookshop, 272 Kirkdale SE26 4RS. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5.30pm; Sunday 12-3pm.