1. Bookings


    March 21, 2016 by Lydia Syson

    Please contact to request more information about school visits or to make a booking for any kind of event. You’ll find more about school visits here and can download full details:  Lydia Syson’s school visits

    Upcoming events.


    Recent Events:

    9 Sept 2016: Ewell Library Summer Reading Challenge volunteers celebration

    1 October 2016 Battle of Cable Street 80th Anniversary commemoration at Rich Mix with Michael Rosen and Philosophy Footballl

    10 October 2016 Author visit to Sydenham High School

    22 October 2016: YA Shot festival, Uxbridge: A History of Violence with Tanya Landman, Catherine Johnson, Katherine Woodfine

    9 November 2016: Peckham Literary Festival – YA evening with Lucy Inglis

    14-15 November 2016 :CWISL Shoutwest! Festival

    22 November 2016: Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls Lit Fest

    5 December 2016: Brixton Bookjaml


  2. 31st March 2016: Children and Socialism series, Marx Memorial Library, London


    March 8, 2016 by Lydia Syson


    New Ways to Tell Old Stories: putting the political into historical fiction for today’s young readers

    Lydia Syson and Meirian Jump in conversation at the home of the International Brigade archives.

    Lydia, a former BBC World Service radio producer, is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels for young adults. A World Between Us (2012) tells the story of three British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. Sparked by research into the anthem of the International Brigades, Liberty’s Fire (2015) brings the 1871 Paris Commune dramatically to life for a new generation. That Burning Summer (2013) is set during the Battle of Britain in small rural community where spyfever is infectious and pacifism a dirty word. Lydia and Meirian will discuss hidden histories, unexpected heroes, archives and sources, and the ethics of turning real lives into fiction.  All welcome.  No need to book. £3 on the door.

    March 31st, 2016 7:00 PM 
    Marx Memorial Library
    37A Clerkenwell Green
    EC1R 0DU
    United Kingdom
    Phone: 020 725 31485

  3. Len Crome Memorial Conference 12th March 2016: Women and the Spanish Civil War


    December 22, 2015 by Lydia Syson

    Women and the Spanish Civil War flyer

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  4. Coming up…


    June 23, 2015 by Lydia Syson

  5. Spyfever drama workshop


    March 23, 2015 by Lydia Syson


    1940. The Battle of Britain is raging in the sky above. Germany could invade any day. It is impossible to ignore the rumble of guns and the rumours of spies and fifth columnists. It was one extraordinary burning summer that changed lives forever.

    Find out about the propaganda, pilots, and planes that inspired Lydia Syson’s ‘That Burning Summer’, a novel for teens set in 1940, and take part in a drama workshop led by A Spaniel in the Works exploring life under the threat of invasion.

    ‘RULE ONE: If the Germans come by parachute, aeroplane or ship you must remain where you are. The order is to “stay put”…’

    All ages welcome but most suitable for 9-14 years.

    FREE! (a minimal booking fee is charged) Advance reservation herekeep reading

  6. June 5th 2014: VANGO Book 2 launch and panel discussion


    April 24, 2014 by Lydia Syson


    I’m delighted to be involved in this exciting event at Walker Books, organised by IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, a non-profit organisation (with an official status in UNESCO and UNICEF) representing a world-wide network of people committed to bringing books and children together.  It was set up to promote international understanding keep reading

  7. 28th February 2014: visit to Sydenham School, Lewisham


    November 14, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    I’m looking forward to discussingThat Burning Summer, Britain’s Polish allies, the experience of invasion and much more with some of Sydenham School‘s keenest readers. NB This is not a public event, but you can book me for an event by contacting Authors Aloud on 01727 893992 or emailing

  8. 9th January 2014: Teenage Reading Group launch


    November 14, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    PWO - TRG - Start 9 Jan

    Inspirational writer Sam Osman and I will be at Petts Wood Library from 6.30-7.30 pm to launch Bromley’s Teenage Reading Group on behalf of CWISL.  If you’re aged 13-16 and enjoy reading and sharing the books you love, do come along! Meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month.  Contact librarian Jenny Hawke on 01689 821607 to find out more.

  9. Channel Radio Competition


    November 13, 2013 by Lydia Syson


    Romney Marsh’s 24/7 radio station, Channel Radio, and Kent law firm Gullands are offering a copy of Romney Marsh set THAT BURNING SUMMER in a Twitter competition.  Just follow @Gullands_HR_Law with #businessbunker (that’s the name of the programme) and look forward to the announcement of the winner on Tuesday 4th Feb. (Thanks to Amanda Finn!)



  10. 7th December 2013: No Pasaran! A Night to Remember


    September 9, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    DailyWorker-return from spain

    The British Battalion of the International Brigades arrived home 75 years ago, to be greeted by huge crowds at Victoria Station.  Celebrate these heroes and heroines with the International Brigade Memorial Trust and Philosophy Football at No Pasaran!  A Night to Remember! at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. Theatre, discussion, comedy, music and recitation – not to mention an A World Between Us event at 4.30 pm. Book here for the evening and/or the afternoon activities or call 01273 47272.   keep reading

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