The East Dulwich Literary Festival is organised by and held at Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich. The aims of the festival are twofold: to engage our students with literature and love for reading through the provision of exciting opportunities such as author visits, trips out and creative writing activities; and a desire to engage with our local community by offering some high quality public events for them to attend.
This year’s festival has grown exponentially since last year’s, and to further build our links with our neighbours, we have organised a number of events with links to the history and culture of the local area. These included a screening of 2013 film Gone Too Far!, which is set and filmed in Peckham (locations including Rye Lane, Peckham Rye Station concourse and Peckham Library) and also saw director Destiny Ekharagh talk afterwards about the creation of the film; as well as a lecture by Professor Martin Stannard, Muriel Spark’s official biographer, on Spark’s early novel The Ballad of Peckham Rye.
In addition to these events, we also ran a photographic competition. 24 Hours in Dulwich was conceived as a slightly mad-take on an otherwise fairly traditional photography contest. Between midnight on Friday 6th June and midnight on Saturday 7th June 2014 (i.e. over twenty-four hours), participants had to take a unique photo of Dulwich. There was no limit on subject matter or style – it could be an overall summing up of what Dulwich meant to them, or a quirky scene captured on that particular day. Ability and experience was not important as long as the submitted photograph was suitable.
In the end, all the entrants submitted fantastic photographs, which only made the judging process that much more difficult! Everyone sought out a unique interpretation of the theme, and put a different perspective on the local area.
Angela Burgess (SE Magazines) and Ingrid Beazley (Dulwich Outdoor Gallery) were the external judges.
1st – Fraser Burrows
2nd – James Bunch
3rd – Qadir Adelasoye
Highly Commended – Hugh Pimblett