The New Statesman is proud media sponsor of the third Stoke Newington Literary Festival. It’s year three of this eclectic, amusing, inspiring and sometimes audacious festival and we are offering readers the opportunity to enter a competition to win weekend passes for the festival and take a guest.
To enter – simply tell us the name of the well known BBC News anchorman who is participating in the festival this year. The first two correct entries drawn will win two weekend passes each – email your entries to email@example.com and write Stoke Newington Literary Festival in the subject line. The draw will take place on 25 May and winners will be informed by email.
The Festival runs over the first part of the Jubilee weekend and starts on Friday 1 June with a Gala evening including Josie Long, Robin Ince and Pauline Black.
On Saturday the events continue when Iain Sinclair, China Miéville, Laura Oldfield Ford and Ken Worpole debate the Olympics legacy and George Alagiah, Giles Oldroyd (of the John Innes Research Centre) and Hattie Ellis discuss Global vs Local Food, there are many more literary, film and music and comedy events and the headline event for Saturday evening is John Cooper Clarke with Simon Day.
On Sunday - Padraig Reidy (Index on Censorship) has put together a media reform panel including: Nick Cohen, Brian Cathcart, Dan Hind and Suzanne Moore; there is also the People's History of London event with John Rees and Lindsey German and many more events for adults and children.
For a full programme visit: Stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com
Tickets are available through: ticketweb.co.uk
"From Gothic horror stories to true Victorian crime, reggae to Dr Seuss, the best new poetry to the new hopefuls of English fiction, this festival is more low-key but in many ways a more enjoyable version of its blockbusting cousins. Long may it continue." New Statesman
"Just like Hay-on-Wye. But in Hackney" Time Out
"The coolest literary festival of the summer" Authonomy