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We have an ongoing programme of free creative writing classes, workshops, author and arts events and we hold our annual literary festival ReadFest every September.

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Summer 2019


Pen to Print’s  Summer 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:
The Pen to Print Brand Refresh
ReadFest 2019 Programme
Pen to Plate
Pen to Print International Storytelling 2019/20 Programme

July 2019

Lisa, Martina Cole and Lena

Pen to Print’s  July 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:
Pen to Print Competition Winners 2018/19 Announced
Write On! Magazine Launched
New International Storytelling Year Starts

June 2019

Pen to Print Awards

Pen to Print’s  June 2019 Newsletter

Crime Month
Pen to Print Awards
Playwriting Final
Postcards Short Play Event

March 2019

Little Theatre on the Seafront

Pen to Print’s March 2019 Newsletter

  • Book Launch: The Barking Foxes Poetry Anthology, 11 April.
  • Claire Buss Book Surgery 0n Social Media, 16 April
  • Katie Ginger with The Little Theatre on the Seafront, 26 April
  • Sweethearts of Ilford Lane with Farzana Hakim, 30 April
  • Michael Feld Cretive Writing Competition for Young People

February 2019

Naija Love Stories by Ola Awonubi

Pen to Print’s February 2019 Newsletter

  • New York Times bestselling author Kate Moore with Radium Girls on 8 March
  • Workshop on how to pass the 11+ exams and choose a Secondary school for your child on 13 March
  • Najla Love Stories with Ola Awonubi 14 March
  • Beautifully Flawed with Arinola Araba 20 March

With reports on Love in the Library and Comic Book Workshops held in February.

January 2019


Pen to Print’s January 2019 Newsletter

Including details of Eithne Cullen’s book launch of ‘Never Not in my Thoughts’ and Karl Nova’s trips to Schools in Barking and Dagenham.

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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