Stoke Newington Literary Festival Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets  for the first ever Stoke Newington Literary Festival are now available.

The Pleasance Theatre is handling ticket sales.  Please phone the box office on 020 7609 1800 for credit card sales.

Tickets are also available from Stoke Newington Bookshop, at 159 Stoke Newington High Street.  Cash sales only.

The festival will be as diverse as it’s locale and will include  Tony Benn, who will be in conversation with Suzanne Moore, feminist and author Kat Banyard, Iranian born comedian Shappi Khorsandi, first time author, former stockbroker and US prison inmate Shaun Attwood, Louise Welsh,  Ian Sinclair, Broadcaster and ex Black Panther Darcus Howe, will be in conversation with Farah Damji

Shaun Attwood’s exclusive interview with Hackney Hive will be available to read on this site shortly.

UPDATE

Interview can be read here

Shaun Attwood & Sherriff Joe Arpaio

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME


FRIDAY

6:00 VIP reception at Assembly Rooms

6:45 Opening of the festival by Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

7:00 AC Grayling
Assembly Rooms
£8

One of Britain’s most respected and engaging philosophers opens the festival with a keynote lecture on how radical thinking, disseminated via the written and spoken word, can help change the world.  AC Grayling’s ideas about ‘independent thought, liberty, rights, the great dissenting tradition of Price, Priestly et al’ set the tone and the agenda for the first festival and will hopefully help shape the event in years to come.

7:30 An Evening with Pen Pusher
The Drop at The Three Crowns
£8

Pen Pusher Magazine brings you an eclectic evening of exiting new fiction and poetry. Hosted by PP editor, Anna Goodall.
In conversation: Miguel Syjuco and Tash Aw
Two of Southeast Asia’s most exciting young fiction writers read from and discuss their latest work:
Filipino-born writer Miguel Syjuco’s debut novel Ilustrado won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize whilst still in manuscript form. This startling debut is published in the UK by Picador on 4th June.  Tash Aw’s debut, The Harmony Silk Factory, was longlisted for the Booker and won the 2005 Whitbread First Novel Award and Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel. He will be reading from his second novel, set in post-independence Indonesia and Malaysia, Map of the Invisible World (HarperCollins, 2009).
Followed by…
9:00
Laura Dockrill, Tim Wells, Melissa Mann, Gavin James Bower

Laura (aka Dockers MC) is a spoken word artist who was named one of the Top Ten Literary Talents by the Times in 2008. She’s joined by local poets Tim Wells and Melissa Mann, and author Gavin James Bower for an evening of dazzling and infectious word play.

7:00 East of Islington with Sam Taylor
Lemon Monkey
£4

Sam Taylor’s popular ‘East of Islington’ column in The Oldie was so successful that she was commissioned to write the whole novel. She introduces us to all-too-familiar characters and acutely precise vignettes, all based in and around Stoke Newington.  Come and share a glass of wine and some nibbles with Sam, hear her read from the book and answer some searching questions about who the characters are really based upon!

8:30 Murder in The Town Hall: Mark Billingham, Louise Welsh. Toby Litt and Dreda Say Mitchell
Assembly Rooms
£6

The boundary between literary fiction and the crime genre is becoming increasingly blurred. Our panel are all award-winning writers: locals Mark Billingham and Dreda Say Mitchell are joined by Louise Welsh, author of the cult novel The Cutting Room and Toby Litt, whose brand new novel King Death is “Sleuthing Agatha Christie-style for the 21st Century.”

SATURDAY

11:00 – 1:00
Seasonal cookery demo with Elisa Beynon and Alex Rushmer
The Farmers’ Market, William Patten School

Elisa Beynon, winner of the Waitrose Food Illustrated’s cookery writing competition, author of best-selling cookery book The Vicar’s Wife and dubbed ‘The New Nigella’ is joined by Masterchef finalist ‘Food blogger Alex’ to talk about local, seasonal produce and share some mouth-watering recipes created from produce available in the market. Elisa will also be signing copies of her best-selling book.

12:00 Gardening with Richard Reynolds and Laetitia Maklouf
The White Hart
£4

The ‘grow your own’ revolution has seen many of us turn to our back gardens, window boxes and even outdoor communal spaces to grow our own food and create healthier, happier urban spaces. The original Guerilla Gardener Richard Reynolds is joined by The Virgin Gardener Laetitia to inspire and give advice on how to turn even the tiniest bit of soil into your own personal Eden.

1:00 Shaun Attwood
The Drop at The Three Crowns
£4

Using a golf pencil sharpened on a cell wall, Shaun Attwood wrote one of the first prison blogs, ‘Jon’s Jail Journal’. Excerpts were published in The Guardian attracting international media attention. Formerly a millionaire stockbroker, Jon’s extra-curricular activities saw him narrowly escaping a life sentence. He spent 6 years in a notorious US prison catching up on his reading: in 2006 alone he read 268 books. He reads from his fascinating new memoir, Hard Time.

1:00 Here Come The Women.  Feminism debate with Kat Banyard, Ellie Levenson and Diane Abbott, MP.
Assembly Rooms
£6

Stoke Newington witnessed the birth of feminism, with Mary Wollestonecraft writing Vindication of the Rights of Women here in the 18th Century.  218 years later, would she be proud of our progress? Or would she be horrified at the issues still facing today’s women? Kat, author of The Equality Illusion and Ellie, whose book The Noughtie Girl’s Guide to Feminism look at today’s feminism from different perspectives and will debate, with Diane, what’s left to be done and how women can effectively engage in the debate.

2:00 Eat Your Words: Niki Segnit, Pete Brown, Alex Rushmer and Ian Kelly
The White Hart
£4

There are only a handful of words that really describe taste and flavour, but collectively we have a seemingly limitless appetite for reading and writing about food and drink.  The author of The Flavour Thesaurus, Britain’s leading beer writer, a Masterchef finalist and the biographer of Anton Careme, the world’s first celebrity chef, discuss their struggle to pin flavour to the page.

3:00 China Mieville and Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Assembly Rooms
£6

Two of the most prominent and interesting science fiction writers in Britain talk about what inspires them, why sci-fi as a genre is home to some of the most interesting ideas in fiction, and what fantastical tales can teach us about our contemporary reality.

3:00 Monique Roffey and Amanda Smyth
The Drop at The Three Crowns
£4

Orange Fiction Prize Shortlister Monique Roffey is joined by fellow Anglo-Trinidadian Amanda Smyth, to talk about their personal stories, the way they write, and their exceptionally evocative and revealing novels of Caribbean life.

4:00 Identity Parade: Roddy Lumsden Introduces..
Free
Venue tbc

Roddy Lumsden is an award-winning poet and editor of Identity Parade, a major new anthology of the best of British / Irish poetry. He introduces three new rising stars: Mark Waldron, Daljit Nagra and Clare Pollard.

4:00 Stewart Lee reads from Arthur Machen
Stoke Newington International Airport
£8

Stoke Newington resident Stewart Lee (recently promoted from 41st to 12th best stand-up of all time) drops the comedy to bring us a unique event in which he reads from ‘N’, a short story set in Stoke Newington by novelist, mystic and pioneering psychogeographer Arthur Machen, who wrote what Stephen King calls “one of the best horror stories ever written. Maybe the best in the English language”.

4:00 Football: Danny Kelly and special guest
The White Hart
£4

World Cup fever is nearly upon us, and homes and bars all over the world will be rocked with the cheering, booing and good-natured banter we expect from this global celebration of footie. Popular broadcaster Danny Kelly, co-author of ‘Great Football Debates’ discusses the beautiful game and gives his own predictions on England’s chances.  Come along and tell him whether you agree with him or not..!

5:00 Grace Maxwell and Edwyn Collins
Assembly Rooms
£6

Edwyn Collins, much-loved lead singer of indie music legends Orange Juice, hit the headlines in 2005 when he suffered a massive stroke.  His long and painful journey back to recovery was chronicled by his wife Grace in an astonishingly frank and moving book, Falling and Laughing.  She discusses the book with interruptions from Edwyn, who will play a short set with his band.

5:00 Farah Damji & Darcus Howe
The Drop at The Three Crowns
£4

If you’re looking for a quiet chat about books, this probably isn’t for you.  Ex-Black Panther, broadcaster and radical black rights campaigner Darcus Howe joins Farah Damji, author of explosive new autobiography Try Me.  Join them for a controversial conversation as they talk about the book and explain why they believe multiculturalism to be a myth.

7:00 Jeremy Hardy
Assembly Rooms
£8

Jeremy Hardy is a stand-up legend and outspoken left-wing commentator.  Here he discusses his new book, My Family and Other Strangers, a funny and moving account of his quest to unearth the truth about his family history and how he came to be.  By turns hilarious, inspiring and hilarious again, his story is a must for everyone with an interest in their family tree and weird relatives.

8:30 Michael Rosen and John Hegley
Assembly Rooms
£8

Two of the area’s highest profile and best-loved writers, ex-Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen and John Hegley, author of many books including The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet, come together in this unique event to bring you poetry, musings and hilarity with a local and possibly surreal edge.

SUNDAY

1:00 FREE:  Katherine Hibbert
The White Hart
Free

A couple of years ago, Katherine Hibbert lost her job.  Rather than go back and live with her parents, she decided to take a radical step and try and live in London for a year, completely free.  She talks about her experience of squatting, scavenging and the scandals she discovered during that year (much of which was spent around Hackney), and why she finished the year happier than she ever thought possible.

2:00 Iain Sinclair & Andy Beckett
Abney Public Hall
£8

Iain Sinclair, one of Britain’s leading psychogeographers and London’s pre-eminent profilers, talks to Andy Beckett, author of When The Lights Went Out, about Hackney, London and beyond during a fascinating period in its history.  They unearth facts, insights and miscellany to create a compelling portrait of a constantly changing city.

3:00 What’s so great about the Great British Pub? Pete Brown, Paul Ewen and Tim Bradford
The White Hart
£4 (with free beer)

Beer Writer of the Year Pete Brown hosts an event in his local, The White Hart, getting the beers in and talking to one-man ‘Campaign for Surreal Ale’ Paul Ewen, and local writer and chronicler of small town England Tim Bradford, about what makes the pub such a unique and enduring cornerstone of British culture.

3:00 Zaiba Malik
The Drop at The Three Crowns
£4

Award-winning investigative journalist Zaiba, recently named as one of the twenty most influential black and Asian women in Britain today, reads from and discusses her stirring and enchanting memoir, We Are A Muslim, Please.  She recounts the poignancy of growing up in Bradford in the 70s and 80s which is by turns laugh-out-loud and deeply affecting. A fascinating insight into being ‘British’ and ‘Muslim’.

4:00 Tony Benn in conversation with Suzanne Moore
Abney Public Hall
£8

No other politician enjoys the same universal respect and affection as Tony Benn. In sixty years as an MP, cabinet minister, anti-war campaigner and general rabble-rouser, the former Viscount Stansgate has learned more lessons about life than most of us will.  He talks about his latest book, Lessons for my Grandchildren, reminisces about an extraordinary political career and, most importantly, advises us on ‘what’s next’ after the most interesting general election in recent history.

5:00 The Newsagent’s Window, John Osborne
The White Hart
FREE

John’s first book, Radio Head, was Radio 4’s Book of the Week and documented his quest to listen to a different radio station every day, all day for a month.  His second book reveals the even odder things that can happen if you let newsagents’ windows dictate your day. Taking in lost kittens, personal ads, a psychic masseur, an Alan Ayckbourne play and a wrestling match, John describes his adventures and talks about his writing.

6:00 In Conversation with Shappi Khorsandi
Abney Public Hall
£6

One of the most exciting comedians performing in Britain today, Shappi is also author of A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English, a hilarious and moving memoir of life as a ‘foreigner’ growing up in Britain after her father was forced to flee from Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.  Guaranteed to make you laugh with her wry observations about trying to ‘blend in’.

8:00 Music with Phill Jupitus, Tim Wells and Miriam Elia
Abney Public Hall
£6

Join us for an evening of music, musings and mayhem as ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ Phill joins local poet Tim and their special guest Miriam for a tour around their record collections and a discussion about music writing that just might not stay on track…

8:00 Storytails
Venue tbc
Free

If you’ve been inspired by the authors, writers and storytelling events over the weekend, round it off by taking part in Storytails.  Featuring professional, and some not-quite-so professional writers, it’s a smorgasboard of short fiction.

Late night, venue to be announced
The LitFest pub quiz, hosted by Travis Elborough.
Unticketed.

ALSO!

The School of Life Bibliotherapy sessions: if you’re stuck in a reading rut, need some literary inspiration or just want to find a book to fit in with your hectic lifestyle, book in a 15 minute chat with the Bibliotherapist and get yourself a reading prescription.

Helen Pidd gets on her Bicycle – free event sponsored by Two Wheels Good, in which Helen introduces her fabulous new book, Bicycle, all you could ever need to know about buying, looking after and getting the most from your bike.  Details to be announced.

Series of workshops, including creative writing, How to Write a Bestseller and how to find an agent and get published.  Workshops will run at The Prince all day Saturday. Details to be announced.

Free Kids’ events including storytelling and workshops from Secret Seed Society (at William Patten School) and scary tales by Bruno Vincent (in Abney Park Cemetery).

Most events last 1 hour unless indicated otherwise.

One Response to "Stoke Newington Literary Festival Tickets Now On Sale"

  1. Veronica Perry0Berry  13/05/2010 at 9:29 pm

    can I ask if E BEYNON HAS got any food hygiene certificates as she is doing a food presentation on sat
    thanks
    VPB

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