Pen To Print

Our Partners

Pen to Print has been made possible by the funding and support we have received from our partners. We are very grateful to our existing partners and are also keen to reach out to new ones, to help us fulfil our vision of giving everyone a chance to tell their story in Barking and Dagenham, east London and further afield nationally and internationally.

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Pen to Print has been made possible with £720,000 National Portfolio funding from Arts Council England

Arts Council believe that great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Arts Council champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. Arts Council support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

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The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) supports Pen to Print as a cultural programme of activity delivered through its library service.

As part of its Culture Everywhere strategy,  LBBD has a ‘bold and ambitious plan to put culture at the heart of the life of the Borough. It will build on our strengths and help overcome the challenges we face by improving resilience and sustainability in our cultural sector and increasing local participation and public engagement with culture in all its forms.’  (Culture Everywhere LBBD Culture Strategy 2017-22.)

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New Generation Publishing are our partner publisher. Created in 2009 as part of award-winning independent book publisher Legend Press. New Generation became a company in its own right in 2011, offering an increased support, marketing and promotional team – one that could not just help authors become published but also help them market promote and sell their books

Soread the Word

Spread the Word is London’s writer development agency, which means we are here to help London’s writers make their mark – on the page, the screen and in the world.

We do this by kick starting the careers of London’s best new writers, and energetically campaigning to ensure that publishing truly reflects the diversity of the city. We support the creative and professional development of writing talent, by engaging those already interested in literature and those who will be, and by advocating on behalf of both.

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This could be you?

Can you imagine your organisation’s logo here as a Pen to Print partner?

Pen to Print are looking for sponsorship and new partners all the time to support its developing programme for new and emerging writers and promoting the love of literature in east London and beyond.

You can be part of the magic!
Contact us at: pentoprint@lbbd.gov.uk if you would like more information on how you can be involved in the future.

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A Pen to Print Library Partner

Newham Libraries a valued partner with Pen to Print

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A Pen to Print Library Partner

The Forum Southend-on-Sea is a unique and exciting partnership project which brings a brand new state-of-the-art library and learning facilities to the heart of Southend Town Centre. Never before in Britain have three organisations worked in harmony together on such a prestigious and ambitious scheme. The £27m enterprise is delivered jointly by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College.

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A Pen to Print Library Partner

Vision RCL is a registered charity and as a non-profit organisation any surplus we make will be reinvested for community benefit, to improve the quality of facilities and services offered to you. As a social enterprise Vision RCL is committed to working in partnership with the London Borough of Redbridge to deliver a wide range of leisure and cultural services to the communities that we serve.

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If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.

Toni Morrison

One should begin any work of fiction with the longest, most convoluted sentence imaginable, then try to beat that record.

Charles Dickens

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the readers.

Stephen King

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.

Octavia E.Butler

Writing is a great comfort to people like me, who are unsure of themselves and have trouble expressing themselves properly.

Agatha Christie

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

Louis L’Amour

It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.

James Thurber

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

Albert Einstein

To write successfully, one requires only a sharp pencil, a piece of paper and a hot cup of tea.

Agatha Christie

Poetry is when an emotion has found it’s thought, and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost

Writing lets you break boundaries because you can go anywhere you wish.
The voice in my stories is sometimes authentic, sometimes it is foreign.
Sometimes it is old. Sometimes it is new. Sometimes my writing is Muslim, other times it is Sikh and many times, it is no one’s religion because as long as I am telling the story,
I am in control.
I am whoever I want to be.

Farzana Hakim, Book Challenge Author
Pen to Print Writer