This post was first published by The Croydon Citizen on 04/09/2017.
This Saturday, Croydon Literary Festival takes place at David Lean Cinema – will you be there?
The man who proposed Croydon’s first literary festival humbly requests your presence.
Croydon’s first Literary Festival is happening on Saturday
Back in January, I wrote about why the time was right for Croydon to have a dedicated literary festival – and thanks to the hard work of Cassie Whittell, Clair Woodward and a host of other local volunteers, it has happened.
This Saturday, when you enter the David Lean Cinema, you will be treated to a host of talks and workshops, including:
- What’s So Funny About Croydon?, 10am – details here
- Learn how to write and get published, 12pm – details here
- Multicultural books for children, 3pm – details here
Some of the speakers include journalist and author Louis Barfe, independently published author Adam Croft, and writer, editor and member of the Croydon Citizen team, Liz Sheppard-Jones. Local favourite John Grindrod will talk about the suburbs and growing up in Addington, and even the editor of the Sunday Express is coming down to talk about mental health in literature alongside TV star Joe McGann. And much, much, more!
Except, you won’t be treated to this – not if you don’t turn up.
Events like this need your support
I’ve written before about the importance of Croydonians turning up and supporting homegrown cultural events. Use it or lose it – it’s that simple.
Behind every event, every shop, every act, are scores of people who work hard to deliver something excellent for Croydonians to enjoy. Many of them do this to the detriment of their bank balances, their personal relationships, and their health.
All of the above rely on you making the effort to turn off Netflix, leave your home, and actually turn up. The people who put on excellent events for Croydon won’t stick around forever if locals don’t support it with their wallets and their presence. If we don’t start supporting the people who create arts in Croydon, we will get the cultural wasteland that we deserve, too.
No more excuses – buy a ticket
“We didn’t know it was happening”
“I didn’t see any promotion”
“Why didn’t they advertise more?”
“If only there was a place where all Croydon events were featured”
The time-worn insipid excuses from Croydonians about why they didn’t turn up to [insert cool event of choice] are as myriad as they are gormless. Often, they’re the selfsame people who are the first the moan that “nothing good ever happens in Croydon”.
People plead ignorance when really it’s indolence – they couldn’t be bothered to do a simple Google search for “Croydon events September 2017″ or turn to the ‘Events This Week’ section in the Croydon Advertiser, or read the What’s On In Croydon page in the Citizen, or scroll down the council’s weekly ‘what’s on’ email.
Well, there you go – it’s all in the title. The date, the venue, the content. All spelled out for you. You don’t even need to think about it.
This Saturday, Croydon gets its first literary festival at David Lean Cinema.
What’s your excuse for not going?
To buy an all-day pass or a ticket for a particular session at Saturday’s Croydon Literary Festival, please go here.