Deptford Literature Festival At Home 2023

Deptford Literature Festival

Deptford Literature Festival At Home 2023

There are lots of ways you can take part in Deptford Literature Festival from home – from online writing prompts and exercises you can do in your own time, to tuning in to the Festival livestreams on the day.

Writing prompts + activities

Writers and artists Laurie Bolger, Khairani Barokka, Nadine Matheson and Tice Cin have created writing activities for you to do in your own space and time, based on their workshops and events at the Festival. Get into the Deptford Literature Festival spirit with this set of brilliant exercises and activities by these brilliant writers and artists.

Download the Deptford Literature Festival at Home resource pack here

Additionally, Festival writers Tice Cin and Carinya Sharples have made short captioned films with writing exercises you can do at home in your own time.

Inspired by her Festival event on creative conversations in Lewisham, Carinya shares exercises, a reading from her work, and offers tips and resources to connect to other writers local to you.

Tice shares a range of writing exercises inspired by themes of food and place, the focus of her festival event, and gives a reading from her novel, Keeping the House.

‘Woodwork Instruction Manual’ – a film by young people

Do take some time to watch this wonderful short film of imagination, dreams and hope – ‘Woodwork Instruction Manual’ – created by young people from Woodpecker Youth Club in Deptford, working with artists Kobi Essah Ayensuo and Mmoloki Chrystie.

The film has been made in partnership with Youth First and funded by the St James’s Place Foundation.

Watch The Festival livestream recordings at home

Seven of our events were livestreamed and live captioned, with a brilliant line-up including Leone Ross, Jamie Hale, Nadine Matheson, Daniel Sluman, Anna Wood, Vanessa Onwuemezi, Caleb Femi and the announcement of the inaugural Disabled Poets Prize.

The livestream recordings are free and are available at:

All the Festival at Home resources, videos and livestreams are free. We don’t want finances to be a barrier to people taking part. If you’re in a position to make a donation to support more people to take part in future Festivals for free, please give what you can through this link: