Celebrating the Borough’s Literary History with an Interactive Day of Workshops and Lectures

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1st Enfield Literary Festival 27th January

Celebrating the Borough’s Literary History with an Interactive Day of Workshops and Lectures

9th January, Enfield, London: 2018 sees the first Enfield Literary Festival, which celebrates the borough’s rich cultural and literary heritage. Taking place on 27th January 2018 at the Edmonton Green Library “Reading Books with Catherine Johnson and Alex Woolf” will start at 10:00am and finish at 5:00pm.

The day will be a series of lectures and workshops which start at £5 per person / £3 per person concession, per event, or £22 per person / £20 per person concession, for the whole day.  The event has been funded by the Arts Council England which supports Enfield’s bid to be London Borough of Culture in 2019.

There will be 4 speakers at the event: Catherine Johnson, Alex Woolf, Dr Katy Beavers and Martin Russo. Each will focus on a different subject.

Schedule of talks and workshops

  • 10-12pm Surgery and Talk from Catherine Johnson, author and writer for film, TV and radio (A Nest of Vipers, Sawbones, The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, Blade and Bone) talks about, and lends advice on, creative writing.

  • 1-3pm Workshop and Talk from Alex Woolf, local author, leads a workshop on creative writing, and talks about how his passion for history and science has helped shape his fiction.

  • 3-4pm Lecture by Dr. Katy Beavers, The Charles Lamb Society, presents Charles and Mary Lamb - Idolisation, Inspiration and Insanity.

  • 4-5pm Journalism Talk by Martin Russo, Founder & Editor of Entwo for Enfield, Has the rise of digital media, blogs and hyper-local journalism enriched our local media landscape?

Established by Martin Russo, Founder & Editor of Entwo for Enfield, to shine a light on the rich culture within Enfield and inspire others to channel their creative energy. Russo said “I am thrilled to celebrate Enfield’s illustrious literary history with an event that caters to a variety of interests. I hope to continue this festival for years to come.”


For more information, images or an interview with a spokesperson from Enfield Literary Festival, please contact Annajane: annajane@junipercommunications.com  or 07771895295

Notes to Editor:

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Tickets: www.EnfieldFestivals.co.uk/whats-on

Famous literary icons from Enfield include: Charles and Mary Lamb, John Keats, Florence Dugdale, Walter Pater, Gregory Motton, Jim Crace and Isaac Israeli.

About the speakers

Dr Katy Beavers

Katy completed her PhD at the University of Greenwich, London, in 2011, following completion of an earlier MA and BA at the University of Sunderland. The title of Katy’s thesis is “’The Balance or Reconciliation of Opposite or Discordant Qualities’: Political Tensions and Religious Transitions in the Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge”. Katy’s research considers the impact which the all-pervading revolutionary climate of the 18th Century had on the young Coleridge and his early works, and also on his social circle; and how this in turn influenced the works of the later Romantics, including Mary Shelley. Katy currently works at City, University of London, and is a member of a number of literary societies, including the Charles Lamb Society, and the Friends of Coleridge

Martin Russo

Martin writes flash fiction, literary fiction and poetry. He recently had two flash fiction stories published in the following anthologies ‘Nonsensically Challenged Volume 1’ by Christopher Fielden and ‘For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never worn: A Collection of Flash Fiction Based on A Single Theme by Hache L. Jones.

A project manager for a national learning project at public service union, UNISON. After completing a master's degree in journalism, he was keen to explore how community journalism could be developed in Enfield with a focus to promote the arts and culture.

Catherine Johnson

Catherine has written several books for children and young adults, including A Nest of Vipers (Corgi, 2008), the story of Cato Hopkins, the youngest member of a group of expert fraudsters. Her next book, Sawbones, was published in October 2013 and won the Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction.The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, published by Penguin Random House in 2015 was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 and the YA Book Prize. Her most recent novel Blade and Bone was published in 2016. Catherine also writes for film, television and radio. In 2005 she co-wrote the highly acclaimed feature film Bullet Boy, followed by a number of commissions for Century Films, Working Title and Channel 4. Her TV work includes Rough Crossings for Simon Schama and Holby City. Catherine was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison and Reader in Residence at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Children's Literature Festival 'Imagine'. She was awarded an Arts Council of England Writer's Grant in 2004 and a Writer's Bursary in 1996. Catherine was selected for the BBC Writer's Academy in 2012.

Alex Woolf

Alex is a published author of over eighty books, mainly for children and young adults. In his non-fiction, Alex has written on subjects as diverse as sharks, robots, asteroids and chocolate, but his passions are history and science. His fiction includes Chronosphere, a time-warping science fiction trilogy, and Aldo Moon and the Case of the Ghost at Gravewood Hall, about a teenage Victorian ghost-hunter, one of Lovereading4kids’ books of the year in 2013, and described by best-selling crime writer Peter James as ‘a real delight, witty, ghostly and at times deliciously ghastly.’ His novel Soul Shadows, about shadows that come to life, was shortlisted for the 2014 RED Book Award. He is also a regular author for Fiction Express, online publishers of interactive stories for schools, for whom Alex writes the popular Time Detectives stories. His most recent novel is a steampunk adventure called Iron Sky.