The Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2013

stokenewingtonfestivalIf you’re in London this week with an urge to get you literary groove on then head on down to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival.

2013 is so far proving to be the year where I have had my eyes opened to just how many conventions of a genre nature go on in the UK. My little blinkered world had previously consisted of comic conventions but over these past ]months not only have I heard of loads of other conventions but my initial thoughts of ‘Oh it must be it’s first year’ continues to be proven wrong. The Stoke Newington Literary Festival is yet another convention to shatter my steadfast illusion of convention knowledge.

The festival, in it’s four year, started  yesterday and will run until  9th June and hopes to live  up to it’s promise of ‘celebrating the area’s literary heritage and radical leanings with unabashed glee’.

Festival founder Liz Vater says: “The festival is rooted firmly in the community but as the festival grows we are attracting authors and visitors from the rest of London, the UK and beyond.”

Some of the guests in attendance at the festival are Dave Gibbons, Cory Doctorow, Kim Newman, Freda Warrington and more. Caitlin Moran will also be on hand to talk about modern feminism. Urban fantasy also gets a look in with  Ben Aaronovitch, Barry Forshaw and George Mann getting down and dirty with one of the newer genres on the block. Trust me looking at the press release what I’ve just mentioned is the tip of the literary iceberg as to what else is going on. For a full run down of events head over to:

Tickets for the Festival are on sale now via, at Stoke Newington Bookshop, 159 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 and  at Stoke Newington Library.

If anyone does attend then drop us an email or post in the comment below with your thoughts on the event.

Reporter: Nuge


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