Aside from our calendar chocker-block with music festivals this summer we’ve also sought out some of the more alternative events happening across the UK. One that’s stuck out for all us book-loving ladies is the Stoke Newington Literary Festival which takes place this weekend. Here we’ve listed the top 5 things to do! (It’s not just all about books, ya know!)
1. See what all the fuss is about Feminism 4.0
Hear all about girl power and why it’s still relevant from some of the finest names in new wave feminism. The lovely Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett (who’ve featured on this blog before!) and pioneering journo Laura Bates talk about their respective empowering projects and debate why it’s still important to discuss these hot topics in the 21st century.
2. Watch film critic Mark Kermode hilariously rip into summer blockbusters
Sometimes we just love to watch a rubbish film in our PJs but we know that’s not quite the same for culture show star Mark Kermode. The man who once described Sex and the City 2 as “making me want to be sick” chats with our favourite comedy girl Josie Long to talk about his new book, Hatchet Job. For film buffs only!
3. Get inspired by legendary journo Lynn Barber
The ultimate interviewer gets the table’s turned on her as she’s interviewed by Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore. Barber was the inspiration behind the film An Education, starring Carey Mulligan, and has previously been known as the Demon Barber. Make sure to attend for anecdotes about every celeb under the sun including the unlikely Salvador Dali!
4. Explore the mystery behind Dalston’s typography
Ever wondered how signs or words influence your everyday choices or are you simply a fan of the design world’s obsession with type? Take a walk with type expert Sarah Hyndman around east London’s hipster home and find out what all those bold and italics mean…
5. Fight for your favourite book at the Literary Death Match
Four authors take to the stage at Stoke Newington Town Hall to read an excerpt of their own work before getting judged by a panel of book nerds and experts. It seems civilised but we can ensure you that this event gets pretty rowdy. (P.S. We’re tipping Jessie Burton to win, her latest novel The Miniaturist is mighty special!)
Head over to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival website to buy tickets.