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Punk, pubs, poetry and politics at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival

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Tom Huddleston

Tickets are on sale for next weekend’s big London book celebration, the annual Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Now in its eighth year, the festival offers everything from straight-up author interviews to quizzes, panel discussions and loads of food and drink events. As ever, the focus is on music and politics – the latter is hardly surprising, given the festival takes place just a few days before the election. Here are five events we can heartily recommend.

1. Friday Night Live – Pre-election Special

Comedians and commentators including Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore and ‘The Thick of It’ contributor David Quantick discuss the upcoming vote. Try to keep it light, guys.
Stoke Newington Town Hall. Fri Jun 2, 7.30pm. £10.

2. John Berger: Ways of Seeing

One of Stoke Newington’s most beloved sons, writer and thinker John Berger passed away in January this year. At this event, leading Berger-ologists Tom Overton and Andrea Luka Zimmerman discuss the great man’s life and legacy.
Stoke Newington Library Gallery. Sat Jun 3, 12pm. £5.

3. Owen Jones

The effortlessly articulate boy prince of lefty politics returns to the festival to try and persuade us that everything’s going to be fine, and the world’s not going to hell in a handcart. Sure, Owen. Sure.
Stoke Newington Town Hall. Sat Jun 3, 6pm. £8.

4. ‘Game of Thrones’ Pub Quiz

Test your knowledge of all things Thrones, from bastards to battles, Starks to Lannisters, dragons to Dornishmen. Any apparent similarity between this writer and the event’s quizmaster is entirely coincidental.
The Prince. Sun Jun 4, 5pm. £3.

5. Cosey Fanni Tutti

A founder member of industrial art-punk legends Throbbing Gristle, Cosey Fanni Tutti recently published ‘Art Sex Music’, an autobiography that’s been scoring spectacular reviews. She’ll discuss her life, her music and her writing.
The Old Church. Sun Jun 4, 6pm. £8.

Tickets for all events are available on the Stoke Newington Literary Festival website 

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