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TV Stars, Authors, Singers and Comedians Line-Up for Stokey Lit Fest

Nigella Lawson, Ed Miliband, Lauren Laverne and Billy Bragg are just some of the names headlining at this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Not to mention Elmer the Elephant!

Festival founder Liz Vater has pulled out all the stops for her 10th annual festival, with an eclectic program of food writers, novelists, actors, children’s authors and comedians.

Writing on the Lit Fest website, she said: “If you can’t find something on our programme you like, then we’re very sorry but you might be dead!”

Other big names due to appear at the festival, which takes place at venues across Stoke Newington from June 7 till June 9, are former Home Secretary and author Alan Johnson, actor Roger Robinson, actress Zawe Ashton, Stephen Morris of Joy Division, historian Yasmin Khan and singer songwriter Tracey Thorn.

Beauty writer Sali Huges, poet and comedian John Hegley, food writer Felicity Cloake, writer and activist Mariam Khan and award-winning novelist Kerry Hudson will also be appearing as will East London’s Elizabeth Macneal, whose debut book The Doll Factory was published this year.

For a limited time, Local Buyers Club members save 10% on Stokey Lit Fest tickets. See website for details (www.localbuyersclub.com).

Liz, who has a background in PR, was inspired to set up a Festival which celebrates feminism and political dissent 10 years ago after a dreary day at a literacy festival in Henley on Thames.  Stoke Newington Literary Festival was born and has been a huge success.

Vicky Bibiris, a Partner at Location Location, said: “Stokey Lit Fest is a huge magnet to the area and it’s great for local businesses. We often hear from prospective buyers or renters whose first visit to Stoke Newington was to the Festival. Liz has a knack for finding authors, actors and comedians who embody the area’s rebellious streak. This year she’s pulled off yet another brilliant line-up!”

Venues include the Rio Cinema, The Last Crumb, St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington Town Hall, the Library, William Patten Primary, The Prince, The Old Church, the Mildmay Club and many more.

The Budvar Tent outside the Town Hall is a good, central meeting place and somewhere to pick up last-minute tickets from the adjacent box office and enjoy free live music including rockabilly, surf noir, choirs and a brass band playing punk covers.

For a full list of what’s on visit www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/the-programme/

Stokey Lit Fest is a huge magnet to the area and it’s great for local businesses

Posted 31st May 2019