Stoke Newington to host literary festival

Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Image: David Howard.

Stoke Newington Literary Festival is back for a second year and has just released its programme of events.

The festival, which made its debut last summer, takes place on the first weekend of June and features a diverse line-up which is set to draw a crowd to the north east of London.

Organisers have lured enough talent to make Hay Festival quiver in its boots.

Among the hottest recommendations are famed comedians Rowland Rivron and Alexei Sayle, cult psychogeographer Ian Sinclair in conversation with counter-culturalist Barry Miles, skunk baron turned crime writer Howard Marks, comedian Stewart Lee chatting to novelist Dan Rhodes and children’s author and grown-up artist Oliver Jeffers.

There’s also a wealth of other happenings that span local history, radical politics, sociology, music journalism and culture, poetry and, of course, literature. Plus free workshops and a great range of events for kids. As well as lots more besides.

Liz Vater, Festival Director said:

“Last year was a sell-out so we’ve made the programme bigger and more eclectic, focusing in on some of the area’s most influential residents and trying to keep the spirit of radical thinking, great ideas and debate alive.”

East London Lines is very pleased, and more than a little excited, to announce that we are official media partners of this year’s festival.

Expect our very own preview of the weekend to appear soon, as well as exclusive features and extensive reviews. We’ll be covering the whole weekend, so you won’t miss a beat.

Tickets are priced between £3-£10 and are on sale now from or 020 7609 1800. The festival runs from 3-5 June.

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