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Writeidea Festival 2017

This weekend Stagetext will be delivering 9 events at the Writeidea Festival; Tower Hamlets Council’s unique, free reading festival.  
Now in its ninth year, this will be the first year we will be providing live subtitles to make the event accessible to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audience members. This year the event will once again provide fantastic speakers including The Gentle Author, Irenosen Okojie and Nikesh Shukla.
Idea Stores, the team behind the literary festival said:
“We are proud to continue to provide a very diverse programme that captures the cultural richness of East London and beyond. This year’s festival receives financial support, once again, from the Arts Council of England, with contributions from the Canary Wharf Group – we are very grateful for their generosity.  With over 40 events on offer over the weekend of 17-19 November, this is decision time – which events are you going to go for?   The festival opens with the return of the ever-popular Gentle Author and his latest illustrated talk on 20th century East End artists.  On the Saturday, our team from the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives on Bancroft Road will bring us a choice of quality talks spanning from the 18th to the 20th Century. Throughout the weekend, writers will entertain us with their tales of music, archaeology, conflict, cultural identity, sexuality, family roots, and even football!  We know you will marvel, gasp and wonder at the stories you will hear, some of which will sound more real than others. And if some will bring tears to your eyes, we hope our storytelling and comedy sessions will bring you magic and laughter too. Brick Lane Books, our independent local bookshop, will be offering books by the authors involved, and if you want to borrow the books in advance, you just need an Idea Store card – that is also free.”
Held at the Idea Stores in Whitechapel, the festival has always proven to be a hit with audiences who said of last year’s festival:
“It's the best literary event in London”
“So exciting to have this broad and well-curated collection of events so close to our home. It is the cost which often prevents us from attending literary events, so it’s wonderful that these events are free.”
Attendance to all events are free but you will need to secure your place online here. Please see below for all the live subtitled events taking place over the weekend:


The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council