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North London Literary Festival 2015

Carol Ann Duffy

The North London Literary Festival 2015 (NLLF) will take place from Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 March 2015.

The NLLF is a student-run festival taking place on our Hendon campus in the heart of North London. Founded by novelist Sue Gee in 1996, the yearly festival is now in it's 20th year, and our keynote speaker this year will be the Poet Laureate, Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy (pictured).

The full programme of events is listed below.

All events are free to all, but you do need to book tickets for the ones you want to attend. Click on an event below and follow the links to ticketing. 

This year's event is sponsored by Winkworth and John Wiley.



 Please book your place on sessions individually, by going to the related event above. 

The programme can be downloaded here

  Mon 23 March Tue 24 March Wed 25 March
10:30  - 12:30   Fiction workshop
Led by Lee Rourke
Scriptwriting workshop
Led by James Charlton
12:30 - 1:30   Curtis Brown literary agent
Nora Perkins
Crime novelist Patrick Redmond
2:30 - 3:30   3 Poets Shanta Acharya, Anthony Howell and Fawzi Karim (Fawzi's poetry in Arabic and English) Children's books Mara Bergman, Editor at Walker Books and children's book author
3:00 - 5:30 James Charlton Play reading and book signing    
3:30 - 5:00   Debate on free speech Journalists Christina Patterson, Prof Yasmin Alibhai-Brown with broadcaster Prof Kurt Barling and law Prof Eric Heinze  
4:00 - 5:00  The Christie case Merja Makinen on best-selling female author Agatha Christie
5:30 - 7:00   Speculative fiction authors Stephanie Saulter and Aliette de Boddard, chaired by Farah Mendlesohn (sponsored by Science Fiction Foundation) Award-winning and best-selling novelist Charles Palliser
6:30 Dame Prof Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate Poetry reading and book signing 

Pop up readings

Saturday 21 and Monday 23 March

Oxfam Bookshops in London will host Middlesex University creative writing students and graduates, doing pop-up readings. 

Victoria Oxfam Books and Music (34 Strutton Ground, Victoria, SW1P 2HR)

Sat 21 March, 1-3pm 

Islington Oxfam Books and Music (48 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0PN)

Sat 21 March, 4-6pm

Enfield Oxfam (54 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AX)

Mon 23 March, 1-3pm

Balham Oxfam Bookshop (166 Balham High Road, Balham, SW12 9BW)

Mon 23 March, 1-3pm

Writing competition

Closing date, Friday 20 March, 2015

Sponsored by John Wiley

There are two categories, one for iPoems (up to 40 words) and one for iStories (up to 150 words). The 5 best entries will win John Wiley £20 ebooks vouchers and runner-up will collect book giveaways. 

To enter, email work as Word attachments to by 23:50, Friday 20 March 2015. 

Please name your document 'Lit Fest Competition'. Include your name in the email, not the entry. Winners and runner-up will be notified by email during the festival (23-25 March 2015). Entries and names of winners and runners-up will be published on the NLLF website.

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