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Friday Feature: Dagenham Is The Protagonist

by Elaine Spires While I was growing up, I was blissfully unaware I was doing so in a place that so much of the country would have looked down its nose at and considered ‘deprived’.  I didn’t know it was sneeringly referred to as Corned Beef City by those who thought ...

Thursday Connectors: Senses Of Nature

by Farzana Hakim It feels great being back for this week’s Connectors. I hope you had a great bank holiday weekend, staying put and remaining locked down in your own homes, despite the conflicting and confusing messages arising from the Cumgate, and the boo for BoJo trends on social media these ...

Love Letters to the World Writing Project

UPDATE 27 May 2020 Pen to Print are pleased to announce that we will be supporting Love Letters to the World for the rest of the summer for 15 weeks, in addition to the orginal 4 week project. This new online creative writing workshop for local people in Barking and Dagenham Love ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: A Sense Of Nature

by Eithne Cullen The theme for this week’s extra pages is A Sense Of Nature and it's really appropriate for the times we find ourselves in. Firstly, with our false feeling of being imprisoned, we can look out and marvel at how nature goes on despite governments, a virus and the imposition ...

Monday Memoirs: Senses Of Nature

Introduced by Holly King If there’s nothing else to be thankful for (aside from good health), it’s been great weather these past few weeks. With lockdown allowing many of us to go on more frequent walks and take in more of our surroundings, I’ve picked up on a lot more of ...

Cloudburst We Need Your Questions!

Pen to Print is pleased to be working with the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation. We are very excited to be co-hosting our first online event together featuring Chris Wakeling co-writer of a new children’s adventure story Cloudburst, along with Wilbur Smith. The event is aimed at 9 to 11 year olds ...

Friday Feature: The Threads That Bind Us

by Eithne Cullen  I live in a quiet road where people are friendly and say hello to each other when we pass in the street. We chat with some about the weather or how the children are. Many of the neighbours were well established when we moved in over twenty years ...