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Close-of-festival party – The End!

Spend the evening with the Croydon Literary Festival, celebrating the end of the second CLF. Upstairs at The Spread Eagle, doors open at 6.45pm.

The Big Lit Quiz

From Chaucer to chick lit,  Middlemarch to Middle Earth, test your little grey cells against the book quiz to end them all. Tim Footman (Mastermind, University Challenge, The Weakest Link, Brain of Britain) asks the questions and inflicts the mental pain. Plus, there’s a prize for the winning team!

Rosie Wilby

Local comic and author Rosie is on hand to make the evening go with a swing with her own particular brand of award-winning comedy – and then she’ll be around to sign copies of her book and have a chat afterwards.

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Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman’s Hour and Four ThoughtHer first book Is Monogamy Dead? was shortlisted for the Diva Literary Awards 2017, longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2018 and followed her TEDx talk of the same name. Her trilogy of solo comedy shows investigating love and relationships began in 2009 with The Science Of Sex, which visited New York’s LGBT arts festival Fresh Fruit, and ended in 2016 with The Conscious Uncoupling, which toured to venues including London’s Southbank Centre. Rosie also presents The Breakup Monologues podcast, co-hosts Resonance FM’s weekly LGBT show Radio Diva and reviews books for the Mail on SundayFollow her on twitter @rosiewilby

Ronnie Golden

ronnie golden_0111_photo by steve ullathorneWith his cult new wave band Fabulous Poodles, Ronnie Golden scored an American Top 40 album Mirror Stars which outsold both The Clash and The Jam in the US. He then went on to forge a parallel career writing and performing stand up comedy and works regularly with Brit comedy legend Barry Cryer. He was longlisted for an Academy Award for his song Too Much Juice which was recorded by Chaka Khan for the soundtrack of film noir Dark Streets. He has recently curated a 3xcd box set of Fabulous Poodles tracks available on Cherry Red Records.


After all that, we’ll be ready for a few drinks and a chance to celebrate another successful CLF! We’ve got a great set of tunes lined up, so please do stay for some booze and a dance to round off the evening!


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