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Stoke Newington Literary Festival Begins

3rd June 2013

The Stoke Newington Literary Festival is back in June for its fourth year running, today’s brightest thinkers will come together to share insights, stories, debates and opinions with audiences.

The festival week involves international names as well as local Hackney talent, speakers at the festival include entrepreneur and actress Cleo Rocos, popular newscaster, George Alagiah, public speaker and broadcaster, Diane Abbott and BBC correspondent Paul Mason, to name a few. Thus there will be a variety of speakers to suit varying audiences.

There will be free events that the public can attend, including workshops, talks for kids, and talks in bars, bookshops, in churches and in pubs; there will even be an appearance from Paddington Bear for kids to enjoy. The literary festival will also have music from Sonic Youth legend, Thurston Moore, who will be jamming with some of the local musicians at a small gig.

The festival draws upon the importance of the community and celebrates it literary past and present and it’s self of identity. Other highlights of the festival involve Turkish author Elif Shalik talking about story-telling and its role in family relationships and journalist Harry Wallop alongside author Andrew Simms, speaking about issues surrounding Stoke Newington’s fight to prevent the invasion of big corporate brands over local shops.

With ticket prices as low as £3 and an abundance of talent to be seen, it’s a festival that should not be missed!

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