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Sunday, June 2, 2013

NEWS: Stoke Newington Literary Festival

From Monday June 3rd 2013 through Sunday June 9th 2013, the fourth edition of the very exciting Stoke Newington Literary Festival will take place in London.

Stoke Newington has been the home to many creatives and free thinkers, such as Daniel Defoe, Joseph Conrad, Marc Bolan, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Edgar Allen Poe. This year’s edition of the literary festival will stay true to its borough literary heritage with a host of many debates including feminism with Caitlin Moran, rewriting The Bible with Professor Steve Jones and the future of Britain, but for the very first time, Stoke Newington will also have a strong focus on graphic novels, science fiction and fantasy.

Included below are a few highlights from the Stoke Newington Literary Festival’s programme:

1) Renowned for his collaboration with Alan Moore on the cult comic, Watchmen, the legendary Dave Gibbons will be talking about his career spanning Marvel, 2000AD and DC Comics as well as his current project, The Secret Service.

2) Journalist, digital copyright activist, co-editor of the hugely influential Boing Boing blog, and author of Rapture of the Nerds, Cory Doctorow, will be in conversation with Padraig Reidy, news editor of Index on Censorship, talking about free speech, cyber utopianism and much more.

3) Master of the horror-novel and author of the BFI Companion to Horror, Kim Newman, is joined by fantasy, vampire and supernatural writer Freda Warrington, to discuss genre fiction, silver bullets and stakes to the heart just around the corner from Edgar Allen Poe’s former home.

4) Hosted by crime fiction aficionado Barry Forshaw, Ben Aaronovitch, author of fantasy series Rivers of London and George Mann, author of the Newbury and Hobbes Series, take to the stage to talk urban fantasies—where science fiction, fantasy and mystery converge.

5) Following the success of his graphic adaptations of The Waste Land, Gulliver’s Travels and TristramShandy, Martin Rowson, once appointed ‘Cartoonist Laureate’ of London, brings his famous energetic performance style to Stoke Newington. Expect a hilarious and possibly foul-mouthed guide to 37,000 years of visual satire.

6) Reads Like a Seven comes to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival to discuss video game culture and to dispel any doubts that video games deserve to be considered alongside other art forms. Curated and presented by New Yorker games correspondent Simon Parkin, it features the Guardian‘s Steven Poole, New Statesman‘s Helen Lewis, and award-winning broadcaster/game developer and ‘best games writer of his generation’, Ste Curran.

FBC reviewer Sabine Gueneret will be attending the event, and will report back later with her thoughts and experiences. In the meantime, for more information on the fourth edition of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, please visit the official website:


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