Barking festival goes online

News - Festivals Friday, 4th September 2020

Readfest, Barking and Dagenham’s Literary Festival, runs online from Monday

Barking and Dagenham Libraries and Pen to Print's Readfest literary festival, now in its ninth year, will take place entirely online from 7 September to 25 September.

All the events are free and will the festival will feature authors such as Barbara Nadel, Tava O’Halloran and Claire Buss, including workshops for screenwriting, playwrighting and book submissions to publishers.

Councillor Saima Ashraf, deputy leader and cabinet member for Community Leadership and Engagement, said: "Every year Pen to Print put on a diverse and entertaining series of literary based events. This year, they have had to adapt under the current circumstances, but have risen to the challenge and put together a great selection of online events.

"For anyone who is passionate about the written word, maybe a budding poet or simply loves reading, I highly recommend they check out what’s on offer this year and sign up to one of the many free showcases."

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Pictured: crime writer Barbara Nadel

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