Things of a cultural nature

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend one day of the first Stoke Newington’s (Hackney, London) Literary Festival http://en-gb.facebook.com/stokeylitfest?v=app_2309869772.

After negotiating my way through London traffic, on bicycle, I arrived safely in Stoke Newington. I decided to bike in honour of my get-bikini-fit campaign which has been rather unsuccessful lately (sweet tooth as per previous post!).

There was the obligatory photo snapping of parks, churches, graveyards,  recycling bins and what not.

Feminism

I settled in for the talk on feminism (a first for me) which I found to be very thought-provoking. I was interested to learn that the Representation of the People Act in 1918, known generally as Fourth Reform Act is remembered for the first time extending suffrage to women.

Authors Ellie Levenson and Kat Banyard reading from their books the Noughtie Girl’s Guide to Feminism and The Equality Illusion stimulated very good discussion in the audience.

A treat for SF Fans

Following copious amounts of gin&tonic I excitedly awaited the panel discussion by China Mieville and Jon Courtenay Grimwood of their respective novels The City & The City and End of the World Blues.

Their talk was very well received by the die-hard SF audience and provided an insight in their style of authorship and influences.  Needless to say the allocated hour went past way to quickly and I look forward to future such events.

Look out for my review of all above mentioned books in future updates!

Sadly, due to other commitments I was not able all events of the festival but in all am very glad I managed to attend this event.

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