Can Can Cabaret Finalé


Day: Sunday
Time: 7-11pm
Venue: The Peckham Pelican
Cost: £5/3
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The Dolly Mixtures

The Dolly Mixtures
The Dolly Mixtures are a movement and music troupe who perform on demand and devise genres to suit. They have performed the 1960s NYC rooftop chicken dance, dry land synchronised swimming, parsley pom-pom eco-cheerleading, the annual Portunalia folk ritual, mass Kate Bush impersonations and several recorder recitals of rousing feminist anthems, including Match of the Day theme, Wuthering Heights and Ride of the Valkyries. The Dollies are an ever-evolving troupe of artists, lecturers, curators, lawyers, writers, musicians and architects who all happen to be women as well.

The Parris Experience

The Parris Experience

The Parris Experience is an ‘artists’ band’ performing music written by Janette Parris as part of an ongoing project to produce a musical based on the last ten years of one man’s life. Current members include Carol Lambert, Nicola McCartney, Janette Parris and Neal Tait.

Janette Parris is a contemporary artist who uses everyday people as the basis for much of her work. She works across different media including: drawing, animation, and performance (musical and theatre). She creates strongly narrative work, often in the form of comic strips to capture the humorous essence of life, while reflecting a dry and self-effacing look at the world. Her work has been exhibited across the UK, and in 2003, she was commissioned to produce a series of works for the Art on the Underground programme by London Underground. In 2010, Parris’s animated video Talent was shown at Tate Britain’s Rude Britannia exhibition. She is currently developing her first opera.



Kreider + O'Leary

Kreider + O'Leary

Kreider + O’Leary are a poet and an architect who collaborate to make performance, installation and time-based media work in relation to sites of architectural and cultural interest.  Since 2003, they have made work in places such as prisons, military sites, film locations, landscape gardens, desert environments and more traditional gallery venues across the UK, USA, Europe, Australia, South America and Japan. Their work Light Vessel Automatic was exhibited at Performing Architecture at Tate Britain in 2013, Edge City was exhibited at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in Lisbon from Sept-Dec 2013 and their book Falling has recently been published by Copy Press (February 2015).

They present Falling Fugue II:

A scene is set through music, image, text and, through this, the figures are falling. From zero gravity to everything flowers we hear of philosophy, laughter, architecture and war. As the event gathers momentum, a picture emerges: it looks something like today.

Douglas Cowie

Douglas Cowie

Douglas Cowie published his first novel, Owen Noone and the Marauder, in 2005. Most recently he is the author of two linked novellas, Sing for Life: Tin Pan Alley and Sing for Life: Away, You Rolling River. Myriad Editions will publish his new novel, Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago, in 2016.  He is co-curator of the 2015 Literary Kitchen Festival.


Rasp Thorne and the Briars

Rasp Thorne and the Briars

Rasp Thorne and the Briars are an unruly mixture of carnival dirges, gothic country and idiosynchratic punk, trash’n'roll, carnival dirge, circus-punk, filthy glam-trash’n'roll!

Rasp Thorne left his native Montana when he was 16 to live in Eastern Germany before exploring Europe, America, and Mexico. Finding himself in New Orleans at 20, he enrolled at University to study Drama and Literature but dropped out after three months to perform poetry and spoken word while hanging himself on the streets in the French Quarter. After a year in Louisiana he made one more trek across America to Los Angeles, Seattle and Montana before moving to Brooklyn.
In New York Rasp quickly fell in with the downtown poetry and art scene along with various warehouse collectives in Brooklyn. He wrote and performed three one-man shows at Manhattan Theatre Source and produced and performed monthly shows at The Bowery Poetry Club, Goodbye Blue Mondays and Zebulon. Bored of the trappings of solo work he founded a highly distorted gothic country band, Ryder Pales, which added a cacophonous music to his poetry and tales. Ryder Pales released one studio album, gigged relentlessly in NYC and toured the UK in 2008 playing Glastonbury Festival and The Luminaire in London with Son of Dave. Shortly after, Rasp made the decision to leave NYC and move to London. Ryder Pales disbanded.
The seeds of what was to become Rasp Thorne & the Briars were sown at a G.G. Elvis gig when the chance meeting of Thorne and DeMorgan over a shared love of suave crooners and chaotic punk led to the notion of a band. A few gatherings later, Pete Moriarty showed up with an upside down left handed electric guitar and the line up was completed by Hugh Zog (lap steel and guitar) and Joni Belaruski on drums.
Songs of cryptic crocodiles, shotgun-sucking porn stars and dystopian wax cults began to form and Rasp Thorne & the Briars unleashed their unruly concoction of carnival dirges, gothic country, and chaotic punk on London’s flamboyant club scene. Nights such as Gypsy Hotel, Torture Garden and Stranger Than Paradise embraced the band’s decadently deranged live performances and the band successfully curated their own night at Shunt amidst the structure of the theatrical show ‘Money’.
With strong connections to the theatre and performance art world, Rasp Thorne & the Briars were commissioned to write the music and perform in the run of Carnesky Productions’ ‘Dystopian Wonders’ a live-art theatre and circus show at The Roundhouse (Camden) which went on to tour to The Lowry (Manchester) and The Crucible (Sheffield).
Rasp Thorne & the Briars are a band not easily pigeonholed. Their approach to music is idiosyncratic yet immediate, their material is theatrical, murky, and literate and their live shows are ranting distorted sermons of rock and roll chaos. Their debut EP ‘Debutante Warnings’ is available for download on Chagrin Records.



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Literary Kitchen alumni Peter Yeoh is highly commended in the 2017 Manchester Short Fiction Prize. Hurrah! Congratulations, Peter. Whoop whoop.



Writers Workout student Emma Hutton’s short story, Flitter, has been selected for the forthcoming Sacred & Profane event, Liars League, Dec, 5, which is also their Xmas party night. The Wheatsheaf, Rathbone Place. Only 40 tickets. More details here.



Literary Kitchen is delighted to announce Mono cafe, Denmark Hill, as the new venue for Creative Writing for Beginners, which starts 11 Oct. More info here. Check them out for laid back vibes, speciality hand-roasted coffee, organic food and quality music and great selection of vinyl. We look forward to new writing-making on their handsome mid-century modern tables.



Alumna Madeline Ionnadis’s short story Hooked has been selected as Editor’s Choice for the current issue of Red Fez magazine, an online literary and arts journal established in 2002. Read it here. Congratulations Maddie.



Thrilled to announce that Literary Kitchen alumna, Becky Danks’s short story, The Anniversary, has won the City University City Writes Short Story Competition. Becky will read at the City Writes: Summer event alongside Luiza Sauma and fellow competition winners: Katy Darby and Bren Gosling. Becky wrote the story initially as a Creative Writing for Beginners student. Way to go Becky, we are very proud of you. Details of the event, which takes place on Wednesday July 12 at City University are here.



Literary Kitchen is excited to be featured in the current issue, 21, June/July 2017 of The Peckham Peculiar. 22-23 Lit Kitchen SUBBED



Brand new for the summer Literary Kitchen is excited to launch Writers Bootcamp – standalone two hour dynamic writing sessions on Saturdays, 3-5pm, at Literary Kitchen HQ. Writers will have access to the Literary Kitchen library, and various writing spaces including the garden writing cabin. Details below and here. Booking per session essential.






Literary Kitchen kicks off Camberwell Art Fair with a FREE Mini-Memoir creative writing workshop. There will be FREE PASTRIES, and FREE COFFEE! Join us 10am-noon in the Arts Tent on Camberwell Green. Bring a notepad and pens and let’s get those words on the page.





Andrea Mason’s piece Touches appears in Otoliths issue 43, and Megacity Fictions, a piece of concrete prose based on the artwork Touch Sanitation by Mierle Laderman Ukeles. You can read it here.



Literary Kitchen was proud to showcase three alumni – Regina Freedman, Andrew Lewis and Ella Berny at Goldsmith’s Library’s World Book Night 2017 event, The Library at Night. We were treated to dadaist poetry, a sultry chanteuse, poetry, open mic, and “special guests: author, Irenosen Okojie and poet, Rachel Long as well as readers from Open Book, Intoart, the Black British Writing MA and Literary Kitchen”. Pure magic!



Literary Kitchen director Andrea Mason has been awarded an MA Academic Practice with Distinction at Goldsmiths.



Literary Kitchen alumna Regina Freedman’s story, Happy Hanukah, is published in the Oct 22 issue of the London Journal of Fiction. Hurray! Read it here.



Lauren Miller, graduate of several terms of Writers Workshop, and now a part-time creative writing MA student at Birkbeck, is featured in the forthcoming issue of The Mechanics’ Institute Review, Issue 13 (MIR13). The launch event, took place in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts Building, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD on Tuesday 27 September.

Fellow Writers Workshop graduate Peter Yeoh has published a story in Visual Verse. Read it here.

Recent graduate of Writers Workout Andy J Lewis’s short story, The Witch’s House, written on the course, has been selected for publication in an anthology Writing Local/Thinking Global, produced as part of the forthcoming Hillingdon Literary Festival. See details here. The festival takes place 7 – 9 Oct, and you can pick up a free copy of the anthology.

Hats off to all of you.



Hurrah! Writers Workout student Fran Beckett is featured miniaturestory for June 15, 2016. Fellow student Allyson Fisher is featured miniaturestory for June 22. Making it a hat trick, Mel Carvalho’s story is featured 21 July 2016. All three writers wrote their miniature stories as part of the Writers Workout course. Well done everyone!



Literary Kitchen has curated the headliner section of an evening event for World Book Night at Goldsmiths Library. Our fantastic readers will be Eley Williams, Iphgenia Baal and Julia Calver. Book free tickets here.



Ever found money down the back of the sofa? Or a wallet dropped in the park? Come and explore your relationship to money via this 2 hour workshop for 12-16 year olds, led by Literary Kitchen director, Andrea Mason.

Saturday 20 Feb, 2-4pm. Rabbits Road Institute. To BOOK email For more info click here.



All systems go to create the first Peckham Writing Map, a limited edition of 500 which will be available free for the week of the Literary Kitchen Festival 12-18 October at The Peckham Pelican. This will be Writing Maps first site-specific map. Let’s hope it is a fruitful long-term collaboration, since we plan to expand into Abergavenny and New York!



Anna Mazzola is the first Literary Kitchen student to obtain a book deal. In fact, she bagged a two-book deal with Tinder Press for her debut novel The Unseeing, a story which began life at a Creative Writing for Beginners course in 2011. She subsequently undertook several terms of Writers Workshop before graduating on to courses at City University. Read more about Anna’s journey here. Needless to say Literary Kitchen is immensely proud.



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MAY 2015

Literary Kitchen alumni and mentee, Lauren Miller, has been accepted onto the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA. Congratulations Lauren!


MARCH 19 2015

Another fine evening of poetry and prose at The Peckham Pelican with Lit Live. See it here:


DEC 11 2014

This Thursday evening saw 19 writers, poets, performers from Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway give their finest in a 3 Act extravaganza at The Peckham Pelican for Lit Live!, a Literary Kitchen/Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre collaboration.

“The new Bowery Poetry Club“, Marisa Carnesky. Hell Yes!



Literary Kitchen were invited to curate the final leg of Litcrawl 2014 on Sat October 11, alongside Clinic, The White Review, Review Bookshop and Liars’ League. Literary Kitchen presented Sex Flash Marathon at The Peckham Pelican. 15 writers performed a flash fiction or poem on the theme of sex. Singer/songwriter Trevor John finished the night with a bang, or rather a song. Our host with the most was Andrew Alston, and DJ for afterwards was F£rg Mon£y.

NB. Two performers, Ella Frears and Rachel Long, were both shortlisted for the Young Poet Laureate. Congratulations


JUNE 2014

Literary Kitchen hosted its inaugural writing festival, a week long programme of events, walks, talks and workshops at The Peckham Pelican. View the PDF of the programme Festival Programme, or look at the webpage here.


MAY 2014

Literary Kitchen are hosting Creative Writing Workshops at the Clerkenwell Design Week as part of Parkin Whitman‘s events programme for Milliken.



More success for alumni Anna Mazzola, who has won the Retreat West short story competition 2013. Well done Anna. Look forward to the novel.

Read more student success stories here.