Aspiring writers and literary buffs will be treated to unique insight into the literary world when several high-profile authors, poets and journalists visit north London from 27-29 March.
The North London Literary Festival at Middlesex University will give local residents and students the chance to hear readings, tips and insight from some big names in literature including magazine editors, a top children’s author, and an award winning poet.
Jan Pienkowski, creator of the successful Meg and Mog children’s books and TV series, will be amongst the speakers on the opening day of the festival, organised by students at Middlesex University. The much celebrated author will give unique insight into his career and latest work.
Started in 1995, the literary festival at Middlesex University has good pedigree, reflected in the line-up of speakers. Notable authors Mark Billingham, Alan Gallop and Bernadine Evaristo will all be speaking about their work. While winner of a South Bank Show award for his poetry, Daljit Nagra, will be running a special workshop to give his top tips for writing poetry.
Magazine editors of New Statesman and Intelligent Life, a cultural magazine from The Economist, Jason Cowley and Tim de Lisle respectively will provide any aspiring journalists insight into magazine editing.
The final day will see writer and former New York Times senior editor Eva Hoffman share her years of experience in the industry.
Students organise the festival as part of their final year creative writing courses. One of the organisers and third year creative writing student, Eilidh MacRae, said: “We are very excited to be welcoming so many literary figures we have admired for years. I am confident it will give unique insight into the minds and work of these writers.
“The experience of putting this event on has been a valuable one, teaching myself and the rest of the team the kinds of skills and understanding that will stand us in good stead for our future careers.”
Creative and Media Writing tutor Farah Mendlesohn said: “I am very proud of our students in organising what is set to be the best literary festival at Middlesex University yet - the calibre of speakers is exceptional.”
Attendance at talks is free of charge. Workshops cost £5 per person (£3 to students). Places at the workshops are limited – to reserve a place email firstname.lastname@example.org – no booking is required for anything else.