Pen To Print

ReadFest aims to deliver a wide-ranging selection of local, national and internationally acclaimed writers especially selected to entertain and inform.

Previous writers to feature at ReadFest include:

Martina Cole | Ben Aaronovitch | Simon Toyne | Simon Brett | Sarah Ward | Dr Janina Ramirez | Laura Barnett | Catriona Ward | Jane Corry | Dreda Say Mitchell | Kimberley Chambers and many, many more.

CLICK HERE to browse and book  ReadFest 2019 events workshops.

You can also find details of our full programme of Pen to Print events, classes and workshops that run throughout the year.

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Barking and Dagenham Libraries and Pen to Print are proud to host our eighth annual literary festival which takes place between
Monday 9 September and Friday 27 September.

Supporting Pen to Print’s theme this year, International Storytelling, we are delighted to showcase multinational writers, all based in the UK. This is a wonderful festival which provides a great opportunity to meet authors, discover new genres and celebrate the joy of reading through a wide range of events.

This year we are really pleased to say that all events do remain FREE. We do this through the generosity of The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the Arts Council. We do need to raise money to continue our valuable work in the future.

This year we are offering a new way for people to support ReadFest and Pen to Print’s work with Pay What You Can Afford, giving you the option to pay what you can afford for the events you attend, there is no obligation to pay us, but we hope you can see the value what we are doing and can support us in this way.

For those who attend events there will also be a chance to take part in our free to enter ReadFest Prize Draw, details of how to take part will be available at each event.  The winner will receive a set of signed copies of all the books featured at ReadFest this year.

 

Alex Brown – A Postcard from Italy

When: Tuesday 10 September, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Where: Valence Library


International Poetry Evening presented by Patsy Middleton

When: Wednesday 11 September, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

 

David Neita – The People’s Poet

When: Thursday 12 September, 6.00pm-8.00pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

 

Anna Robinson – Poetry in the Archives

When: Friday 13 September, 10am-4.00pm
Where: Valence Library

Nick Barlay – International Life Stories Workshops
(3 stand-alone sessions)

When: Saturdays, 1pm-3pm
14 September – Memoir
21 September – Family History
28 September – Travel
Where: Dagenham Library

 

Sanchia Alasia – The Untold Story by Emmanuel Kwarteng

When: Monday 16 September, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

 

David Walshaw – A Guide to Self-Publishing

When: Wednesday 18 September, 6pm-8pm
Where: Barking Library

 

Miranda Kaufmann – The Black Tudors

When: Thursday 19 September, 6pm-8pm
Where: Barking Library

 

The Cockney Poet Presents

When: Friday 20 September, 6pm-8pm
Where: Robert Jeyes Community Library

 

Amer Anwar – Brothers in Blood

When: Monday 23 September, 6pm-8pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

 

John Wright – The Foragers Calendar: A Seasonal Guide to Nature’s Wild Harvests

When: Tuesday 24 September, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Where: Valence Library

 

Barbara Nadel & Syd Moore – International Witchfest

When: Tuesday 24 September, 6pm-8pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

 

Barbara Nadel – Synopsis Workshop

When: Wednesday 25 September, 1pm to 3pm
Where: Dagenham Library

 

Vaseem Khan – Inspector Chopra

When: Wednesday 25 September, 6pm to 8pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

 

Ayisha Malik – Sophia Khan is Not Obliged

When: Thursday 26 September, 10.30am-12.30pm
Where: Dagenham Library

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International Storytelling –
Refugees and Migrants

Chaired by Lucy Popescu with Agnieszka Dale, Christy Lefteri and Ellen Wiles

When: Thursday 26 September, 6pm to 8pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

 

 Readers Evening

When: Friday 27 September, 7pm to 9pm
Where: Dagenham Library

We round off ReadFest with the return of our popular informal evening, a time to relax and unwind. Featuring short discussions with authors and opportunities to buy this year’s ReadFest featured books and plenty of time to have a chat and network with fellow readers and writers alike. The evening also includes poetry recitals, musical entertainment and free refreshments. For those who you have taken part in our annual ReadFest Prize Draw, we will also find out who will be the lucky winner of a set of signed ReadFest books!

 

 

Pen to Print Classes & Workshops in September:

Playwriting Workshop with Lucy Kaufman

When: Saturday 7 September, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

Poetry Class with Anna Robinson

When: Saturday 7 September, 1pm to 3pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

Creative Writing Beginners Class with Ian Ayris

When: Saturday 14 September, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

Screenwriting Workshop with Lucy Kaufman

When: Wednesday 18 September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

Playwriting Workshop with Lucy Kaufman

When: Saturday 21 September, 10.30 am to 12.30pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

Poetry Class with Anna Robinson

When: Saturday 21 September, 1pm to 3pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre

Creative Writing Advanced Class with Ian Ayris:

When: Saturday 28 September, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Where: Barking Learning Centre