If you’re against the rise of the international book-sellers and want to make a difference, this is for you. Independent bookshops are a sacred haven for book lovers, who can spend hours perusing the shelves and soaking up the atmosphere. Not to mention the person behind the counter giving recommendations is a book lover too, not just a Saturday job teen or an anonymous Amazon reviewer (choosing to believe the one star reviews or the five star reviews is a minefield we have all faced). Or maybe you aren’t a bookshop lover (yet), but you’re interested in the hype. Either way, South London has something to offer.
From the 8th-11th June, Balham will play host to the second Balham Literary Festival, produced by Dulwich Books. The event will feature talks from numerous different writers, and is going to be hosted at the Grade-II listed Bedford Pub. The talks will explore numerous different themes relevant to those that call Balham home, and even further afield, and there will also be a pop-up bookshop at the pub all weekend.
Run your fingers along their spines, cast your eyes up and down the shelves, flick through the pages and sit cross legged on the floor engrossed in the words resting in your lap. Escape the dull, uniform, needlessly clean chain bookshops that are a stalwart part of any high street or soulless shopping centre. South London has its fair share of independent bookshops where hidden treasures can be found, prices are right and the shelves hold countless stories to lose yourself in.