Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

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So much bigger than last year, this is the second year for the Balham Literary Festival held at the Bedford Pub.

On Monday, we speak to Jenny Landreth an avid swimmer at Tooting Lido and author of “Swell: A Water Biography.” Part autobiography and part history of, amongst others, the swimming suffragettes hear from Jenny herself ahead of her appearance at the Festival 8-11 June.


Fairies abound down at the Omnibus in Clapham over the next couple of weeks.  Dark adult fairy tales from Ireland are at the core of Big Telly’s Faerie Thorn and you make think you know about fairies’ meddling in Midsummer Night’s Dream.  But you haven’t seen Creation Theatre’s interactive adventure around the streets of Old Clapham.  It’s a double bill interview on Tuesday.


“The 49” is a poignant, moving new play by Gary Thomas which takes place before the Orlando Gay Nightclub massacre in June 2016 up tothe night when 49 people were murdered by a single gunman. On Wednesday you can hear more about this play on at TheatreN16 in Balham.


The Chelsea Flower Show is over for this year, and on Thursday we take the opportunity to peek into a more serene but no less beautiful event.  Part of the Chelsea Fringe, we speak to Mel Barry while participating in a creativity workshop near the Locals’ Art Hut in the Thrive main garden in Battersea Park.  That’s on Thursday.




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June 2nd, 2017

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