Dulwich Literary Festival 2017

Date of past event:

1st November 2017


Into the Light of Things
‘When the bombing began people wanted to know what the writers were thinking’ – Alan Hollinghurst

[The] festival in November 2017 took its title from a Wordsworth poem, and its subtitle from the novel by Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair. We are living in turbulent and disturbing times, and more than ever we are turning to our writers to help us navigate them, whether through instruction, conversation, action or protest.
There were events and partnerships throughout the month, from a spooky All Saints’ Day conversation
between Andrew Michael Hurley and Laura Purcell to a discussion between David Stephenson, Vicar of All Saints Church of West Dulwich, and Catherine Nixey about the role of Christianity in its earliest days.

There were activities and suggestions for all members of the community – talks for children, walks for
adults, ‘how to’ sessions, and a short story competition for schools across Southwark. From national
pleasures, including cricket with Henry Blofeld and trainspotting with Simon Jenkins, to local favourites including the much-loved West Norwood Feast, there was something for everyone.

With Dulwich College again playing generous hosts for our main weekend, sessions also took place in other venues including a unique evening with Booker-prize nominated Ali Smith at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, talking about her beloved Tove Jansson to complement the new exhibition there.
Please do come along to some or all of the events and celebrate the best that words have to offer, whether as stimulus or balm.