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Writeidea 2018




Writeidea 2018 was the 10th anniversary of the WriteIdea festival. When we organised our first Idea Store reading festival 10 years ago we just wanted to celebrate the wonderful pleasure of reading by organising some literary events for Tower Hamlets residents – we never imagined that over the years our festival would earn a reputation as an important date in London’s cultural calendar.
Once again, we had over 40 events on offer. Our speakers covered a range of themes, genres and topics such as memoir, mystery, history, identity, cookery, politics, poetry and of course music. There were also dance performances and storytelling. See the photos from Writeidea 2018


Writeidea 2017





With over 40 events on offer over the weekend, Writeidea 2017 opened 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 brought us a choice of quality talks spanning the last 300 years. We were entertained with tales of music, archaeology, conflict, cultural identity, sexuality, family roots and even football!  Our storytelling and comedy sessions brought magic and laughter.
See the photos from Writeidea 2017


Writeidea 2016





Writeidea 2016 was once again, truly a people’s event, with many authors suggested by local people, and others chosen from an ever wider range of fiction and non-fiction writers and performers.
Highlights included Polari - London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon; architectural historian and television presenter Dan Cruickshank; novelist and screenwriter Catherine Johnson; graphic novel pioneers Bryan and Mary Talbot; Poet Dean Atta; postpunk legend Brix Smith Start; artist Peter Kennard and Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author behindITV’s Vera and BBC’s Shetland.
See the photos from Writeidea 2016

Writeidea 2015





In 2015 we remained true to our aim of combining well-known names with emerging writers, all bringing their own local, national and international perspective on fiction and non-fiction writing. Speakers included the marvellous Iain Sinclair; Young Adult authors Holly Bourne,Jjames Dawson, Non Pratt and Dawn Kurtagich; global bestselling author Dorothy Koomson; Crime Writers Nicci French (Nicci Gerrard and Sean French); Award-winning and popular children’s poet Michael Rosen; music legend Viv Albertine and many more.
See the photos from Writeidea 2015

Writeidea 2014





In 2014, we had a wide range of international, national and local authors and performers covering novels and short story writing, history, journalism, poetry, music, comedy, photography and television writing. There were thought provoking and lively debates, riveting excursions into the past, fascinating journeys through the imagination, literary globetrotting, self-deprecating humour, satire and much more. Speakers included Writer and activist, Tariq Ali; Jake Arnott; Xiaolu Guo; Comedic author Nikesh Shukla; poet, spoken word artist and stand up Kate Fox; historian Tom Holland; Nadifa Mohamed; journalist and writer Owen Jones and many more.

Writeidea 2009 - 2013


Speakers at Writeidea have included:

The Gentle Author Owen Jones
Esther Freud Jonathan Coe
Salena Godden Debora Moggach
Sarah Wise Adam O'Riordan
Rosie Dastgir Shahida Rahman
Nigel Jones David Rosenberg
Dreda Say Mitchell Louise Raw
Colin Grant Paul Willetts
Kia Abdullah Robert Eaglestone
Jay Rayner Robin Ince
Jill Dawson Michael Jecks
Louise Doughty Alison Moore