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Submitted by admin on June 3, 2010 – 12:07 pmNo Comment

This is the blurb on the upcoming Stoke Newington Literary Festival, which looks well worth checking out this weekend:

It celebrates the area’s long and influential literary history and hopes to keep the spirit of radical thinking, debating and story telling alive.

It has an unapologetically political edge.  The issue of literacy is deeply political and the right for everyone to tell their story, no matter their background or circumstance, is an issue that we hope to take up in this and forthcoming festivals.

As it’s our first event, there will inevitably be things we’d have liked to have done better; gaps in the programme that we’d prefer not to be there, groups that aren’t represented who we’d loved to have involved and ideas that only got as far as a piece of paper but which we hope to bring to life next year.

Most of all we hope you enjoy the festival. Bring some friends. Make a day – or two – or three – of it. Try some events that you might not previously have considered – you might discover something you like.

Our writers, authors, storytellers and performers all share the love of the written and spoken word and their enthusiasm is infectious. Whether they’re discussing aliens, murder, food, music, their country of birth, the way they view the world or gardening, you’re sure to find something to inspire you.

We’d love to hear from you so let us know what you think. What did you enjoy? What would you like to see again? What did we miss?  Email with your feedback at

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