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Killer start to Barking and Dagenham reading festival

PUBLISHED: 12:19 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:19 15 September 2015

ReadFest at Barking Learning Center featuring local writers.
Author Mickey Mayhew.

ReadFest at Barking Learning Center featuring local writers. Author Mickey Mayhew.

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Bookworms rejoice! The borough’s six libraries will be turning over a new leaf for ReadFest 2015, guaranteed to have something to whet your literary appetite.

Running throughout the month, Barking and Dagenham Council’s fourth annual celebration of reading and writing is packed with everything from short story writing tips to inspiring talks from authors and do-it-yourself workshops.

The three-week festival kicked off in style with a ‘Killer Women’ crime ficton panel on Monday night, with authors Alison Joseph, Kate Rhodes and KT Medina answering questions on their blood-thirsty works.

Author Mickey Mayhew was showcasing his Jack and the Lad, a book exploring Barking’s history over the past three hundred years.

“I think kids need to have more time with books, and less time with their iPads,” said the former Barking resident.

Readfest runs until October 2. For the packed programme, go to lbbd.gov.uk/libraries


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