Clapham Book Festival 2023

Clapham Book Festival 2023

Clapham’s distinctive book festival was inaugurated in 2016 and has since brought an eclectic range of writers to Clapham, from eminent historians and broadcasters to poets, crime writers and best-selling, much decorated novelists. Not forgetting local talent, especially those at the beginning of their writing careers.

The 2023 Festival takes place in October, with the Showcase Day on Saturday 14 October at Omnibus Theatre and includes the biggest of broadcasting big names, Sir Melvyn Bragg. He will talk about his life, work and writing, with Radio 4’s cultural and opera expert Tom Sutcliffe.

This year’s festival opens at 3pm with two multi-talented writers, prodigious crime-and-screen writer Simon Brett in discussion with barrister-turned crime writer, Judge Nicola Williams. At 5pm, bestselling novelist, broadcaster and co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Kate Mosse talks about her new novel and more with bestselling local author Elizabeth Buchan.  At 7pm Melvyn Bragg and Tom Sutcliffe will cover broadcasting, writing and life in general. Should be fascinating!

All the authors will be signing their books and chatting with festivalgoers during the day, including those who will be appearing in online events later in the week. Both Southfields-based thriller writer Ivy Ngeow and Sarah Bax Horton, who brings to light new research into the real Jack the Ripper using her own family’s historical records, will be attending the Showcase Day as well as discussing their books in online sessions on 17 and 19 October respectively.

Last, but not least, from 3pm-5pm on Sunday 22 October local thriller author Julie Anderson leads a literary walk around the literary sites of Clapham, telling of its many and varied past writers.

To learn more visit Tickets are on sale at from 1 September