available at eltham library

The 2022 Elthamread Choice

Small Pleasures

The Kids

published by Bloodaxe Books

Clare Chambers

Hannah Lowe

Photo by Hayley Madden

Sixth Form girls

The Inspiration

Working in a London sixth form college.



Junior Elthamread 2022

LIVE EVENTS at eltham library

Elthamread Events 2022

Small Pleasures

When we were Kids

An evening of original stories presented by the Bob Hope Theatre & Eltham Library Writing Group. 
All welcome. Free.

Tuesday 11 October at 7pm

at Eltham Library


Eltham Stands up for Poetry

Come along to read your poetry or a favourite poem by someone else or just to listen to some poetry by others, or create a group haiku! Free.

Tuesday 18 October at 7pm

at Eltham Library

Poetry Book

Fun Author Session: Tom Mitchell

A Junior Elthamread event. Meet the author of Escape from Camp Boring, When Things Went Wild and How to Rob a Bank.  Free.

Wednesday 26 October at 11am

at Eltham Library

Poetry Book
Small Pleasures

Elthamread Author Event

Prize-winning poet Hannah Lowe talks about her book – this year’s Elthamread choice – The Kids, with local author and SEnine Magazine columnist Wendy Moore. All welcome. Free.

Wednesday 26 October at 7pm

at Eltham Library



Latest News

Elthamread 2022 announced

Elthamread 2022 announced

Costa Book of the Year prize winner Hannah Lowe will be the guest for the 2022 Elthamread festival organised by Eltham Library and sponsored by SEnine magazine. Hannah’s book of poems, The Kids, was inspired by her time working in a London suburban sixth form college...

New Junior Elthamread launched for 2021

New Junior Elthamread launched for 2021

This year, for the first time, Elthamread is accompanied by a ‘Junior Elthamread’. For Junior Elthamread, the chosen book is This Wonderful Thing, a humorous and sensitive story for nine to 12-year-olds, by Adam Baron, who lives in Greenwich. Adam will be running...

Elthamread 2021 announced

Elthamread 2021 announced

A best-selling page-turner by local author Clare Chambers has been chosen as the book for this year’s Elthamread.   Clare’s book, Small Pleasures, which mixes a wide range of themes, is set in 1950s South East London and Sidcup, and has captured the book-reading...

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Last Year’s Elthamread Choice

Small Pleasures with author

Small Pleasures

published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Clare Chambers

Clare Chambers

Author of Small Pleasures

Sidcup High Street 1950

The Inspiration

The book is based in 1950s Sidcup

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