Gruffalo joins Battersea book binge

Published: Friday 30th September 11

This year’s SW11 Literary festival will draw to a close this weekend with two thrilling events – including a visit from the famous and ferocious Gruffalo.

The focus of this year's festival climax will be Battersea High Street which will stage two great events on Sunday, October 2.

At lunchtime the award-winning and innovative baker Dan Lepard will be holding a Literary Lunch at Chez Manny from 12.30pm onwards.

Mr Lepard, who is the author of several books on baking and bread, including, The Handmade Loaf and who's irresistible weekly baking column is one of the highlights of The Guardian's Weekend Magazine, will be demonstrating his own baking skills and sharing some of his techniques.

Tickets to this event cost just £25 and include a three course meal (including dishes from Dan's book) and a glass of wine. But hurry there are only a few tickets left for this event.

The finale of this year's Festival, will also take place on Sunday and see Battersea High Street transformed into the "Big Battersea Book Binge" - a large book fair of both new and second hand titles. This will take place under canvass from 11am until 4pm with sellers coming from all over London.

Also there will be some of the authors who have taken part in this year's Festival, as well as many local writers who will be reading, signing and selling their books. This will include Christopher Lloyd, who will present his 9m long "wall book", which shows (in picture form) the history of the earth from the time of dinosaurs to the present day.

And for younger bookworms, children's favourite The Gruffalo will be leaving the deep dark wood and travelling to Battersea High Street to entertain children and their with songs and dancing to the live music act that will also be there on the day.

The popular annual festival has been organised by the Clapham Junction Town Centre Partnership, Wandsworth Council and Waterstones.

Hodders Law is the main festival sponsor with generous support also provided by ASPACE and Douglas & Gordon estate agents. Time & Leisure Magazine is the festival's official media partner.

Tickets and programmes are available from Waterstones on St John's Road. The full program is Details can also be found at and also at

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