Lit Live

Prose and poetry from some of today’s most exciting practitioners Holly Pester, Kayo Chingonyi, Francine Elena, Aria Aber, Abi Andrews, Charlotte Heather, Dizz Tate, Laurens Verdonkschot and David Nash. Woo hoo!

MC Bex Barton. Curated by Livia Franchini.

SisterSoul DJs on the decks! Come on down!

In association with Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre.



Day: Wednesday
Time: 8-11pm
Venue: The Peckham Pelican
Cost: £FREE
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Holly Pester

Holly Pester

Holly Pester is a poet and practice-based researcher. She works in song, sound and speech-mattered poetry. Her collection of poetry, prose, gossip and anecdote as forms of archive enquiry was published by Book Works and was developed through a residency at the Women’s Art Library. She is Lecturer in Poetry and Performance at University of Essex.


Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi is a writer, editor, events producer and creative writing tutor. His poems have been published in a range of anthologies and magazines, including The Poetry Review, and he is a winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, presented by the Poetry Society. His debut pamphlet, Some Bright Elegance, was published by Salt in 2012. He is currently working on his first full-length collection, Kumukanda, and a new pamphlet is forthcoming from the African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books, in 2016. From November 2015 he is the Associate Poet at the London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).


Francine Elena

Francine Elena

Francine Elena was born in Canterbury in 1986 and grew up in London, Portugal, and Scotland, graduating from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Classics in 2008. She works in publishing as an assistant editor. Her chapbook Christmas Lantern is published by 3:AM Press and her unpublished pamphlet Fluoro was shortlisted for the 2014 Poetry School Pighog Prize. Her poems have appeared in various publications including The Best British Poetry 2013 and 2015 anthologies, The Sunday Times, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, The Quietus, Ambit, 3:AM Magazine and Wasafiri.


Aria Aber

Aria Aber

Aria Aber is a recent graduate from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best British Poetry 2015, decomP, Wasafiri, PANK, Lighthouse, and others. She is the recipient of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize and a fellowship from MIEL books.


Abi Andrews

Abi Andrews

Abi Andrews is a writer based in South East London. She has a BA in English with Creative Writing from Goldsmiths. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as Tender, The Dark Mountain Project, and The Bohemyth. Currently, she is working on a novel, Time-Lapse of Earth.


Charlotte Heather

Charlotte Heather

Charlotte Heather is a Goldsmiths graduate with an MA in Creative and Life Writing. Her debut novella, a tale of cheese, taxidermy and a less than average girl, is coming out with The Pigeonhole in November ’15.


Dizz Tate

Dizz Tate

Dizz Tate is a writer living in London, currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths. She has had previous work published in The Wrong Quarterly, Squawk Back, and with Arachne Press.


Laurens Verdonkschot

Laurens Verdonkschot

Laurens Verdonkschot is the author of several self published-collections of Internet Poetry in the style of “Internet Poetry”. These include “Wedding of a Colonial Navy Princess” and “Trouble Story”, narratives that marry the glow of West Indies nostalgia with the dispassionate glare of a mid-00s message board.


David Nash

David Nash

DAVID NASH was born in County Cork, and currently lives in London. He has had poems published in several magazines and anthologies, and is working on his first collection. He was the recipient of the Pat Kavanagh award in 2010.


SisterSoul DJs

SisterSoul DJs

Ella and Ella started DJing together as SisterSoul Djs in Cornwall in 2011 and have since built an extensive vinyl collection of funk, soul, motown and disco.



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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.



The campaign has launched, and runs until August 22nd. To read all about it, make a donation, share with family and friends, click here.


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.