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We set the festival up in 2010 to celebrate the area’s radical and literary history. From the non-conformists who gathered around Newington Green in the 17th century to the diverse community that exists today, Stoke Newington has long been a melting pot of new ideas, artistic endeavour and off-centre thinking and our programming is directly inspired by the mavericks and rabble-rousers – Mary Wollstonecraft, Reverend Richard Price, Edgar Allen Poe, Daniel Defoe, Anna Laetitia Barbauld & many more – who helped shape the world we know.
We’re a non-profit organisation and, as we grow, we’re generating and supporting a range of adult and child literacy projects in Hackney.
We’re ardent and vocal supporters of our local libraries and work closely with Hackney Library Services throughout the year. A big mention must go to the Community Library Service team who have become part of the extended LitFest family. Their work in providing books, DVDs, magazines & jigsaws to over 700 housebound Hackney residents is a life-line to many people who would otherwise be socially excluded.
To see what they do, year round, please check out their video: