BFDay21 Festival: A Weekend Celebrating Burley Fisher Books & Indie Lit, 15-16 Oct 2021

On 18 February 2021, Burley Fisher Books marked our fifth birthday – alone, in lockdown!

With things opening up safely, we’re delighted to announce that we’re throwing our BFDay21 Festival, and everyone’s invited. We’ll celebrate by showcasing some of our favourite indie publishers and writers with a live weekend programme of readings, discussions, workshops, parties… and, of course, bookselling. 

What: #BFDay21, a weekend celebrating Burley Fisher Books & indie lit 

When: Friday 15 October 7pm-10.30 pm, Saturday 16 October 10.30am-10.30pm

Where: St Peter De Beauvoir Town, Northchurch Terrace, Hackney, London N1 4DA [Google pin]

How to book

  • 100 early bird passes ONLY available now @ £40
  • 100 tickets only for our headline event Speaking Truth to Power: Diane Abbott and Elif Shafak in Conversation, Sat 16 Oct, 6-7.30 pm: available NOW @ £10
  • 100 tickets for each panel event available now @ £5, or £7 for the evening events (includes a glass of wine). Click on the Book Now links below to read more about each event & grab your tickets!
Event time  Event details

Sat 16 Oct, 12-1pm

Embodying the Essay with Alice Hattrick, Amber Husain and Adam Zmith

Book now, £5

Sat 16 Oct, 1-2pm

Getting Into Translation with Antonia Lloyd-Jones and Nichola Smalley

Book now, £5

Sat 16 Oct, 1.30-2.30pm

New Fictions, Hybrid Writing with Mona Arshi, Thomas Bunstead and Juliet Jacques

Book now, £5

Sat 16 Oct, 3-4pm

New Fiction, Real Londons with Tice Cin, Frankie Miren and Isabel Waidner

Book now, £5

Sat 16 Oct, 4-5pm

Getting Published with Gary Budden (Influx) and Jenn Thompson (Cipher)

Book now, £5

Sat 16 Oct, 4.30-5.30pm

We <3 Short Stories with Alice Ash, Vanessa Onwuemezi and Gemma Seltzer

Book now, £5

Sat 16 Oct, 6-7.30pm

Speaking Truth to Power: Diane Abbott and Elif Shafak in Conversation

Book now, £10

Sat 16 Oct, 8-9pm

Bodies in the Crypt with Nicholas Royle and Alison Rumfitt

Book now, £5

Sat 16 Oct, 8-9pm

Poetry Showcase with Anthony Anaxagorou, Will Harris, Daisy Lafarge, Holly Pester, Nisha Ramayya, Peter Scalpello and Stephanie Sy-Quia

Book now, £7


Image © BF Collective

In order to welcome everyone, we’ll be relocating temporarily to our beautiful local church, St Peter De Beauvoir Town: a fully wheelchair-accessible, eco-conscious venue with three wonderful event spaces. We’ll be hosting all our readings and discussions in the roomy main hall, all our workshops in the atmospheric crypt, and an entirely free pick n’ mix programme in the side space.

All events will be BSL interpreted. Readings will be recorded and made available subsequently via Burley Fisher’s Isolation Station podcast

We are proud to be partnering with nine publishers whose authors and books we’ve loved and celebrated over the last five years. They are: And Other Stories, Cipher, Fitzcarraldo, Granta Poetry, Ignota, Influx, Open Pen, Peninsula, Serpent’s Tail. Local partner Magic Cat will be offering a free event for younger readers and their families. 

Here are responses to the event from some of our publisher partners —

“Honoured. And five years, wowser. That went quick.” Sean Preston, Open Pen

“A super extraordinary and exciting prospect! For so many reasons – to celebrate you all, drinking, to being around people.” Rachael Allen, Granta Poetry

“Wow, we could not be more excited about all this, yes to everything, yes to it all.” Jenn Thompson, Cipher Press


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