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Volunteer for Feast in 2018!

Feast is run almost entirely by volun­teers. Apart from our part time coordin­at­or, we are a team of local people who come togeth­er each year to ‘make West Nor­wood an even bet­ter place to live’. It is volun­teers who book the hun­dred or so mar­ket stalls, who organ­ise the free activ­it­ies, who sched­ule the music­al per­form­ances. We do a pretty impress­ive thing, but we can always do with more help!

Volunteer Roles

There are loads of ways you can help. It could be just a couple of hours on a Feast day giv­ing out inform­a­tion and being friendly. Or you could do more behind the scenes stuff, like help­ing with our fin­ances or mar­ket­ing. Here are just some of the roles we need you for…

  • hub lead­ers to help run the dif­fer­ent mar­ket spaces
  • enter­tain­ment coordin­at­ors to sched­ule the day’s music at Feast and run Wingit, our open mic per­form­ance space for young people
  • a fin­ance team to do the man­age­ment accounts
  • a mar­ket­ing team to over­see design, mer­chand­ise, spon­sor­ship and press liais­on
  • tech­nic­al people to set up the music equip­ment and run the web­site
  • cre­at­ive, com­munity minded people to cur­ate the monthly themed Feast’s — we like to involve as many other local organ­isa­tions as pos­sible!

Why become a Feast volunteer?

Here are just some of the reas­ons why we do it…

  • to meet our neigh­bours (and make some good friends)
  • to learn about the com­munity and feel more con­nec­ted
  • to gain new skills
  • to be a part of some­thing suc­cess­ful and enjoy­able
  • and because it’s much more fun than Face­book!

If you want to get involved, please email us on or con­tact us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Writing Feast, Sunday 5 November!

Feast will be get­ting into the spir­it of all things lit­er­ary and book­ish with our first ever Writ­ing Feast, in asso­ci­ation with Dulwich Literary Festival and Dul­wich Books.

We’ll be meet­ing local authors but also giv­ing YOU a chance to shine with a cre­at­ive writ­ing work­shop and an intro­duc­tion to local cre­at­ive writ­ing and poetry appre­ci­ation groups. Plus, as ever, there will be great hands-on activ­it­ies and crafts with a book­ish theme for chil­dren of all ages.

Literary goings on

Here’s whats on, with high­lights below (top tip: there will be huge print outs of this sched­ule at all the hubs so take a photo of it with your phone).

Retro Vil­lage

Meet local author and Feast volun­teer Car­ron Brown at Retro Vil­lage (except 13.00 — 14.00) Find out how her Shine-a-light books work and make your own Shine-a-light pic­tures.

Fam­ily Well­being hub

Children’s writ­ing activ­it­ies through­out the day. Fam­ily Scrabble, com­munity story, col­our­ing your favour­ite story char­ac­ters.

There will be a Por­tico Bazaar going on this Sunday, with all sorts of things to pique your interest. Plus lots of lit­er­ary work­shops.

12 – 13.30 — Cre­at­ive writ­ing work­shop led by Jonathan Gibbs, South Lon­don nov­el­ist, cre­at­ive writ­ing lec­turer, journ­al­ist and crit­ic . Open to all – wheth­er a begin­ner want­ing to try your hand or a bud­ding writer want­ing more prac­tice. We even have free note­books!13.30 – 14.00 — Jenny Caro. Intro­du­cing Norwood’s U3A (Uni­ver­sity of Third Age) cre­at­ive writ­ing group and lit­er­ary activ­it­ies in West Nor­wood and her own story and poetry writ­ing.

2.15 – 2.45  — Rae Stol­ten­kamp. Local author of magic real­ism, intro­du­cing her work and read­ing from her novel Six Dead Men. You can read more about her work, includ­ing reviews, here

2.45 – 3.15 — Sareeta Domin­go, local writer, read­ing from her debut novel The Near­ness of You pub­lished last year by Little, Brown and talk­ing about her work. For more about her works see here.


12.00 onwards — Beam­ish and McGlue are hon­oured to be host­ing the fab­ulous Monika Lin­ton, founder of Brindisa Foods and author of ‘Brindisa The True Food of Spain’, who will be read­ing from her book and shar­ing a fant­ast­ic warm and wintry recipe from it,  ‘Ran­cho Riojano’.

Casey will be cook­ing the Ran­cho which will be served all day. There will also have cop­ies of Monika’s book on sale…so come along at mid­day and listen, learn and enjoy!


Dulwich Literary Festival at West Nor­wood Feast

On Sunday 5th Novem­ber Dul­wich Books are delighted to be join­ing West Nor­wood Feast — based in The Old Lib­rary on Knights Hill with a pop-up book­shop and two fam­ily friendly events.

13.00 – 14.30 
Tim Shee­han of Frank­lins Res­taur­ant in East Dul­wich will be com­ing to talk about his new book, the South Lon­don Cook Book.

14.00 – 15.00 in Children’s Lib­rary
Children’s Writ­ing work­shop by Ink­head. Ink­head have been hold­ing writ­ing work­shops in local schools and lib­rar­ies for the last 12 years. All their tutors are writers them­selves and they will try to show chil­dren how to cre­ate char­ac­ters, use set­ting and dia­logue and come up with a good plot. Their web­site will give you more detail. They are put­ting on a free work­shop for chil­dren at Feast, will help the chil­dren cre­ate char­ac­ters of their own, and start them off on a story about the char­ac­ters. For chil­dren aged 8 – 11. Chil­dren need not be accom­pan­ied by an adult.

15.00 – 16.00
Children’s Story-time

Inspired by the par­rots of Brock­well Park, Parrots Don’t Live In The City is the won­der­ful new pic­ture book by local mums Lucy Reyn­olds and Jenna Her­man. Join Lucy and Jenna for a spe­cial story-time as they explore a world of hid­den anim­als, birds and mini-beasts in search of London’s spe­cial par­rots. Fea­tur­ing fun craft activ­it­ies and plenty of squawk­ing.
Suit­able for chil­dren aged 3+ who must be accom­pan­ied by a respons­ible adult. Buy a copy at a dis­coun­ted price!


Local Poets, Play­wrights, Artists, Lyr­i­cists, Per­formers, And Nov­el­ists In Con­ver­sa­tion — 14.00 — 16.00

PoetrySlabs will be chan­ging gears and chart­ing new ter­rit­ory (they do love a chal­lenge) for Writ­ing Feast, which will be themed around writ­ing (all kinds of writ­ing) and run­ning as a kind of lit­er­ary fest­iv­al in South Lon­don mini­ature – think Hay-on-Wye in WeNo, or maybe Chel­ten­ham Comes to Cots­wold Street. They’ve pulled togeth­er a num­ber of people with a pen­chant for words of all descrip­tions across a num­ber of artist­ic forms. Some will be part of a panel dis­cus­sion; oth­ers will have their work on dis­play. The mem­bers of the panel will be shar­ing their thoughts and their writ­ing with one anoth­er and, more import­antly, with the audi­ence.

Do bring a favour­ite poem or piece of prose with you to read to and dis­cuss with every­one else. 

What else??

You want more???

Fresh fish now avail­able on Feast Sundays at Fresh n Green mar­ket hub, cour­tesy of the award win­ning Streath­am fish­mon­ger Fish Tale!

Latest WeNo Insiders’ Guide to The Clockworks, a nation­ally unique clock col­lec­tion and a state-of-the-art clock and watch repair work­shop, tucked away on Net­tle­fold Place in West Nor­wood — a truly fas­cin­at­ing read.

And you can now get your styl­ish Feast Christ­mas cards at the next two Feasts and our Christmas Lights night mar­ket event — or at Otter Trad­ing dur­ing the week.

Oh, and just the finest arts and crafts, fresh food and vin­tage gear to be found in South Lon­don.…

See you at Feast!

Festive Feast, Sunday 3 Dec!

Feast is nearly over for anoth­er year, but as ever, Fest­ive Feast in Decem­ber is set to be (just maybe) the best of the lot. It’ll be cold and bright and there’s lots to do inside too — just read on!

What’s on?

You can start the day with a vegan brunch cooked by local chefs Mango Man and Dan at Beamish & McGlue, includ­ing banana pan­cakes and smooth­ies, from 9.30 onwards. (And if you can’t make it there on Sunday, they’re cook­ing it on Sat­urday too!)

Then wander up past Fresh’n’Green and Artis­ans for your Christ­mas gift shop­ping, pick out a Christ­mas tree at Floral Hall, and head up to the Portico Gallery, where along­side the Bazaar we will be cel­eb­rat­ing the arrival of the West Nor­wood Com­munity Piano with a pian­othon! There will be invited pian­ists play­ing through­out the day, so come along and have a listen.

(this par­tic­u­lar pian­ist doesn’t play that well)

If you’re still look­ing for that spe­cial gift for that spe­cial someone, we have even more for you — you favour­ite Retro stall­hold­ers will be with the arts and crafts stalls at Fam­ily Well­being by the leis­ure centre, so you’ll find all your vin­tage trinkets and gems there. There’s also a brand new DJ there this month, Glen T, so check him out!

Down on Idmis­ton Road just a brisk trot from Artis­ans’L'arche will be hav­ing their annu­al Christ­mas Fayre, where you’ll find everything from stock­ing fillers to Christ­mas wreaths.

Need to warm up? Grab a mulled wine at the Food Fair, or head inside the Lib­rary where there will be storytime and children’s chess and board games.

This will be fol­lowed by PoetrySlabs with fest­ive poems and a chance to help dress the Lib­rary Christ­mas Tree, and finally warm up with some Brazili­an samba.

At St Luke’s, we’ll have fest­ive music inside the church and out, and we will be tak­ing Foodbank dona­tions — so if you have the chance to bring some­thing, it will be very warmly wel­comed.

(this enter­tain­ment sched­ule will be on A boards at all the hubs, so take a photo of it as you pass)

Busy on Sunday? Miss­ing out on Feast? Don’t worry, we’ll be doing it all again next Sunday, Decem­ber 10th when Christmas Lights will be on from 3–7pm at St Luke’s. More info to fol­low soon!

See you at Feast!