ReadFest arrives in Barking and Dagenham
The seventh annual ReadFest – Barking and Dagenham’s premiere reading festival – is coming to the borough, with a whole host of free events taking place throughout September.
The festival kicks off on Monday 10 September and will run until Friday 28 September, in venues across Barking and Dagenham.
Supporting the theme of this year’s Pen to Print – the borough’s creative writing programme – ‘Women and Activism’, there is a strong focus on the finest local and national female writers and artists at this year’s festival.
Highlights include an appearance by Libby Page, who is showcasing her debut novel ‘The Lido’ at Barking Learning Centre on Thursday 27 September. Cultural historian and BBC broadcaster Janina Ramirez will also be making an appearance at the same venue, hosting a writing workshop on Thursday 20 September.
This festival provides a fantastic opportunity to meet authors, discover new genres and celebrate the joy of reading through a wide range of events
Councillor Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement, is encouraging residents get involved, saying:
“ReadFest has returned to our borough this month, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.
“There are some fantastic authors attending, who will be sharing their stories and passing on invaluable information to any budding writers in the borough.
“If you are interested in literature then I hope you’ll attend some of the unmissable events on offer this September.”
ReadFest and Pen to Print are supported by funding from Arts Council England, with £180,000 per year over the next four years.
Find out more information about this year’s line-up and book free tickets on Eventbrite.