The Elthamread 2017

The idea of the Elthamread is for everyone living in SE9 to read the same book each October then come together at various events to discuss our views. The aim is to encourage people to read books and talk about them.

About 80 people crowded into Eltham Library at the end of October 2017 to hear best-selling author Stella Duffy read from her book London Lies Beneath – this year’s Elthamread choice – and talk about her life as a writer.

The event was the main highlight of the 2017 Elthamread. Stella, who is a renowned author and playwright, read two excerpts from her novel and then talked about her work and the themes in the book with local author Wendy Moore. She also answered questions from the audience.

The event on 24 October 2017 was a huge success judging by responses from the audience. Everyone who filled in a feedback form described the event as very good or excellent. Most people – 77 per cent – had read the Elthamread book London Lies Beneath before the event while a few who hadn’t now said they were going to buy the book. The vast majority – 85 per cent – thought the book was a good choice for the Elthamread.

Among the comments participants said that London Lies Beneath was ‘an excellent book to choose for an Eltham Reading’ and that ‘the Elthamread is a brilliant idea and should continue’. Others said that Stella was ‘a brilliant orator’ and the evening was ‘well worth attending’.

Work planning next year’s Elthamread will start soon. Ideas for the 2018 Elthamread book are welcome at any time. If you are willing to help with organisation or any other aspects please get in touch - click here.

Quiz Night 2017

elthamread quiz night 2017 gpo pub elthamThanks to everyone who joined in and helped out at the Elthamread quiz on Monday 30 October at the GPO pub. A total of eight teams took part comprising roughly 40 people. It was a fabulous evening which everyone clearly enjoyed. The winning team were the Boozy Bookers. Well done to them. We raised a total £100 from entry fees and the raffle which will be donated to the National Literacy Trust. A big thankyou to Phil Cole for his sterling work as quizmaster and to Joanna and Bill Sterling who kept the scores.

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