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ReadFest: Living Cultures and Living Language


September 10


12:30 pm - 01:30 pm

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Voices and Stories: Reclaiming Our Place Across Digital and Physical Spaces

Living Cultures, Living Language with Farzana Hakim and Patrice Lawrence MBE

Farzana Hakim is the author of Sweethearts Of Ilford Lane and editor of Thursday Connectors at Write On! Magazine. Farzana has previously held a series of Hear My Voice, Creative Writing Workshops with Pen to Print to empower women by hearing their stories and helping them to write them down

Sweethearts Of Ilford Lane – ISBN: 978-1789554441

Buy Sweethearts Of Ilford Lane

Connect with Farzana: Twitter -@farzanahakim

Patrice Lawrence MBE is an award-winning writer. Orangeboy, her first novel for teenagers was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Award and won the Waterstones Prize for Older Fiction and YA Bookseller Prize. Patrice has won the CrimeFest YA Prize twice for Indigo Donut and Eight Pieces of Silva, which also won the Woman and Home Teen YA Prize and the inaugural Children and Young Adult Jhalak Prize. 

Needle – ISBN: 978-1800901018

Buy Needle

Connect with Patrice: Twitter – @LawrencePatrice

Join the team, along with special guests in live workshops and chats to find out what makes our magazine!

If you are unable to join the session, take a look at Write On! Magazine online and feel free to send your submissions via our website:

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Barking and Dagenham Libraries and Pen to Print are proud to host our eleventh annual Literary Festival which takes place between Monday 5 September and Friday 23 September.

We are delighted to showcase our events both online and in-person. 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.

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 Arts Council England.

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