What’s on at Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2019?

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Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2019 promises to be one of the biggest and most exciting yet.

Hackney has been celebrating its radical and literary history since 2010 with Stoke Newington Literary Festival. This year’s celebration of all things literature and culture will be taking place from June 6 to June 9.

The festival kicks off on Thursday evening with Hackney Shorts in the historic Rio Cinema. Both established and emerging filmmakers will be showing their short films with a focus on local issues. Industry judges have selected a range of dramas, documentaries and animations based on their artistry, storytelling and insight.

Some of the highlights on Friday include a night with Reel Rebels community radio station, a performance by the ‘Poet Laureate of Twitter’ Brian Bilston and the Book? …er Prize pub quiz.

Saturday has a full day of events including cultural talks on motherhood,  the refugee experience and antisemitism as well as insights into what it’s like being a young journalist in London by VICE writer Joel Golby. There will be everything from tips on how to get the most out of vinegar by writers of vinegar-centric books to a talk from two best-selling crime-writing couples.

Sunday is the last day of the festival and features the largest amounts of events and will finish with a performance from legendary musician, political campaigner, and author, Billy Bragg. Throughout the day there will also be talks on challenging the narrative around ageing and death, LBGTQ+ rights and a talk from Ed Milliband about the government’s need to tackle climate change.

There are also a number of events for kids over the weekend like Elmer the Elephant story time, a shadow puppet workshop and drawing and writing workshops.

Stoke Newington Literary Festival will be held at 10 venues around the area so if you’re planning on attending be sure to have a look at the venue guide on their website beforehand.

Weekend tickets and tickets for individual events are available at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival website.


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