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#ReadFest22 Begins Tomorrow: What’s On This Week?

Tomorrow, Barking and Dagenham’s only annual literary festival, ReadFest, returns – prepare yourself for three blockbuster weeks of free events running from 5th September through to the 23rd September. This is our eleventh year running this festival, bringing you a wide-ranging selection of local, national and internationally acclaimed writers to entertain ...

The Pen to Print Awards 2021 – Competition Results

By Lena Smith, Library Project Manager - London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. The Pen to Print Awards are our annual celebration of Pen to Print’s work where we announce the winners of our competitions.  We were pleased to hold at a virtual ceremony on Thursday 29 July 2021. CLICK HERE ...

The Pen to Print Competitions for 2021 Are Now Open!

Competitions are now open to new entries. Details of all of the Pen to Print competitions, how to enter and T&Cs can be found here on our website, go to pentoprint.org/competitions. Do you fancy having a go at writing a novel? Do you prefer keeping it brief and write short stories? Are you ...

The Pen to Print Awards 2020 – Competition Results

By Lena Smith, Library Project Manager - London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. The Pen to Print Awards are our annual celebration of Pen to Print’s work where we announce the winners of our competitions. The Pen to Print Awards 2020, were postponed from June 2020 and we were pleased to ...

Chrismas Eve Memories And Greetings

By Lena Smith It is almost here, Christmas Day! Just one more sleep. Today, I'm reflecting on an especially important day for my family and, how events of 100 years ago, seem to resonate with what has been happening in 2020. Christmas Eve has always been a poignant time of the year for ...
Black History Month

Black History Month 2020

Pen to Print is gearing up for another Black History Month in times that are more challenging than we would have ever thought 12 months ago! It has always been our aim to give a voice to those from minority and underrepresented communities and at this time of year our work becomes ...
Lena Smith in Conversation

Celebrating Talent – No Matter Who you are or Where you come from

Madeleine White interviews Lena Smith   Once upon a time the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham libraries decided to create a literary festival. The aim was to get a borough with very low literacy rates engaged with reading books and using libraries in an innovative way. So, in 2011 the reading festival ...
Barking and Dagenham libraries: a new NPO, and hosting the Libraries Taskforce

Barking and Dagenham Libraries: A New NPO, and Hosting the Libraries Taskforce

Barking and Dagenham Libraries: A New NPO, and Hosting the Libraries Taskforce Posted by: Julia Chandler, Posted on: 26 June 2018 on GOV.UK - Categories: Outcome: communities, Outcome: culture, Outcome: literacy, Taskforce The 20th meeting of the Libraries Taskforce took place in Barking Learning Centre (BLC) on Tuesday 12 June. A large modern building opposite the Town Hall, ...