Acorn Independent Press, launched Bromley’s first ever literary festival and three of their own travel authors; Terence Jenkins, author of Another Man’s London, Kate Nivison, author of Travelling Light & Iwona Macalka, author of An Indian Adventure at The Tomfoolery in Bromley.
The festival runs from 15th June - 10th July and is packed full of writers’ workshops, free manuscript clinics, author readings and talks, improvised comedy, Scrabble and more. On Thursday 16th Acorn launched an anthology of local children’s writing called Write All Over Bromley in a ceremony with the Mayor.
Saturday 25th is Ladies Who Love day - a celebration of romantic fiction with a workshop on how to write a hero your reader will fall in love with, a panel discussion with Dorothy Koomson, bestselling author of Richard & Judy bookclub pick, My Best-friend’s Girl; Victoria Fox author of Hollywood Sinners, Julia Williams, author of The Summer Season; and Juliet Archer, author of The Importance of Being Emma and an improvised romantic comedy ‘impromance’ from Exquisite Folly Theatre.
‘We wanted to create a really inclusive, friendly festival to get the whole community, and family, engaging with books and to show support to our local librarians and booksellers.’
Ali Dewji (25) Sales & Marketing Director of Acorn Independent Press
Saturday 25th June – Play Writing Workshop with Sarah Dickenson – 9.30-11.30am • Bromley Library Workshop • £7.50
Whether you’ve never written a scene or have a whole season under your belt, join dramaturg Sarah Dickenson for a morning’s dramatic writing workout exploring some of the secrets to creating distinctive dialogue, classic characters and sparkling settings.
Cupcake Fun with Flossie Crums – 10-11am • Bromley Library Hall (ideal for 6yrs+) • £5
Flossie Crums is seven and three quarters. She loves parties, camping and ice cream, but most of all she loves baking for her family and fairy friends. Join her creator, author, Helen Nathan on a journey to the kingdom of Romolonia, and help Flossie to ice some fairy cakes. Messy hands and big smiles guaranteed. flossiecrums.co.uk
Children’s Storytelling – 2.15-2.45pm • Bromley Central Library • free
Author Abbie Longstaff will take you on a reading adventure with The Fairytale Hair Dresser & The Pirate House Swap.
Ladies Who Love Day: a celebration of romantic fiction
Romantic Heroes Workshop with Christina Courtnay & Sue Moorcroft – 11.45am-12.45pm • Bromley Library Workshop • £5
Have you fallen in love with your hero yet? Are your readers going to want to spend lovely long hours enjoying his company? Join this lively workshop to create the hero none of us can get out of our minds.
Acorn’s Self-Publishing Masterclass - 12.50-1.50pm • Bromley Library Workshop • free
As 18th June, with Simon Gould, author of Playing the Game, and Conrad Jones, author of The Child Taker, who will tell you how they have sold thousands of their self-published e-books this year.
Ladies Who Love Panel Event & Signing – 2-3.30pm • Bromley Library Hall • £4
Ask the experts anything from how to get their readers’ pulses racing to how they warm their hearts. On the panel will be: Dorothy Komsoon, author of Richard & Judy bookclub title, My Best Friend’s Girl, Juliet Archer, author of The Importance of Being Emma and Victoria Fox, author of Hollywood Sinners.
Impromance by Exquisite Folly Theatre – 3.45-4.45pm • Bromley Library Hall • £5
‘Impromance’ is the new way to create the romantic novel of your dreams (or nightmare depending on the audience suggestions). Bring us a prop, anything you like, and join our writer du jour for a literary adventure in romance. Let us help you live happily ever after…
Sunday 26th June
Scrabble Sunday – 3-5pm • The Tomfoolery • Bromley • Free
Wordsmiths wanted for an afternoon on the tiles, fun competitive play over a drink or two. Highest score wins a scrabalicious prize!
Wickedly Witty Wordplay Pub Quiz – 5-7pm • The Tomfoolery • £4
A pub quiz with a comic twist. Popular rounds include Whose Rhyme Is It Anyway, No-Holds-Barred Charades & Jack-A-Story – this will appeal to anyone who enjoys a bit of witty banter.
Literary Death Match – 7pm till late • The Tomfoolery • £5 adv/£8 door
Hear some top writers battle to the bitter end in this lively poetry slam battle – think what would happen if poetry met the x-factor and the contestants were fighting for their literary lives. literarydeathmatch.com
Monday 27th June
Children’s Storytelling time tbc • Orpington Library • free
Author & illustrator duo Odette Elliott & Georgia McIntyre will be reading from Sammy Goes Flying and other books in the series.
Saturday 2nd July
If Walls Could Talk with Lucy Worsley -11.30-12.30pm • Bromley Library Hall • £3
Lucy Worsley, discusses her experiences as Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces and her new book & BBC TV series – If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home.
Make Your Own Comic with Accent UK Comics – 10-12pm tbc • Bromley Central Library • £3 all ages
Design your own comic with expert help and discuss the best superhero ever. Materials provided.
Diverse Fiction – an Author Discussion – 12.45-1.45pm • Bromley Library Hall • £3
Christie Watson, author of Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, and Yvvette Edwards, author of A Cupboard Full of Coats, read & discuss the challenges of writing realistic, diverse, thought-provoking fiction.
Meow’s Under 18s Open Mic – 2.30-5pm • Bromley Library Hall • £5 (free for performers)
Meow provide a platform for up & coming artists to perform to a crowd – come down, get involved and enjoy the fun. If you want to perform bring your instrumentals on a CD and a smile. All welcome. meowuk.com
Sunday 3rd July
Literary Walk of Southwark – 11am-1pm • meet outside Evans Cycles, London Bridge • free • call 020 8653 9416 to book
Explore the literary heritage of the Borough with author and historian, Terence Jenkins, who will be covering the Norse sagas, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens & Keats.Walkers walk at their own risk.
For Books Sake present: Scream Queens & Literary Pub Quiz 5-7 & 7-9pm • The Tomfoolery • £4 each (£6 for both)
Scream Queens: celebrate Bromley’s punk heritage with writers Lucy O’Brien, Zoë Howe, Annette Barlow & Jane Bradley.
Pub Quiz: If you know it all when it comes to literature’s leading ladies, come along and battle it out for the chance to win all sorts of prizes.
Thursday 7th - Sunday 9th July
The Comedy of Errors – 7th 3.30 & 7pm • 8th 1.30pm • 9th 1.30pm • Bromley – Library Hall • £10-15
One of Shakespeare’s most farcical, fast-paced and joyous plays about mistaken identity. Two sets of identical twins unwittingly find themselves crossing paths in the town of Ephesus and delirium pursues. Suitable for ages10+.