The first book festival in Bexley has been announced for next year by the council.

Bookbuzz festival will take place from February 10-24.

During the two-week festival Bexley will have author visits, workshops and poetry session.

Authors set to visit the borough during the fortnight include Ben Aaronovitch, Mike Gayle, Alison Weir and Stephen Booth.

During the festival there will be a chance to take part in Where’s Wally hunts, a look into the wizarding world of Harry Potter and a visit from the Gruffalo and Peter Rabbit.

Councillor Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, announced the festival at the reopening of of the refurbished Welling library.

Cllr Peter Craske, said: “There is something for everyone. We have fiction and non-fiction authors coming to talk about their work alongside visits from some very special book characters and a performance of former Bexley resident Roald Dahl’s The Twits!

“All of it is either free or available for a small fee. This kind of festival is just another reason why our borough deserves to be recognised as London Borough of Culture.

"Winning that accolade would mean even more community events like these for residents and visitors. We just need as many people to #backthebexleybid and remember to pick up your festival programme as soon as it is available, check online and get planning!”

The programme will be available online at and in Council libraries from January.

Author and some other events will be ‘ticket only’ and spaces can be reserved either online or through a council library once the full programme has been announced.