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.