Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

To everyone involved with and supportive of the Clapham Book Festival – have a wonderful Christmas and New Year holiday!

The 2019 Festival was a huge success, seeing an increase (again) in box office, with more people attending per session and more books sold than ever before!  There was a real buzz about Omnibus through-out the day, with a full Cafe/Bar and the hall and stairs thronging with Festival-goers.  Particular memories for me are Professor Kate Williams signing up to local not-for-profit support hub for book-clubs, The Reading Den and becoming their three hundredth subscriber; local writer Henry Hemmings asking his audience to decide on which was real and which was fake WWII news published at the time and a packed auditorium and very appreciative audience for Frank Gardner in the evening.

Already plans are afoot for next year’s Festival, which will take place on 3rd October 2020 at Omnibus Theatre, 1, Clapham Common Northside.  We have some exciting authors to bring to Clapham and discuss everything from crime fiction to politics. And we’re exploring new partnerships, delivering book and writing based associated activities with local societies like the Clapham Arts Society and with Clapham-based literary businesses like Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency (which moves to Clapham in January).

You will find Clapham Book Festival at local events, like the Abbeville and Clapham Fetes and regular contributors to various charitable causes, usually with our labour, our banner and our books.  We are a small, one-day Festival with local sponsors, run entirely by volunteers on a shoe string budget.  We depend on your support, so be sure to put 3rd October 2020 in your diaries for next year and keep an eye on our web-site at You can donate using the Paypal donate button on the web-sites and check out photos of Festivals past at our photo archive.

Thanks, this year, go to our sponsors, This is Clapham and Moen & Sons and partners, Omnibus Theatre and Clapham Books and supporters Macfarlane’s Deli and The Windmill on the Common.


About Julie Anderson

J J Anderson is a south London writer.
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