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  • Upcoming Event: Tehran Book Fair, Uncensored

    Friday 6 May 2016, 11:00 am - 5:30 pm and Saturday 7 May 2016, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Tehran Book Fair Uncensored

    For the first time, 7 independent Iranian publishers across Europe are uniting in London to present their works. This gathering is timed to coincide with the Tehran Book Fair in Iran; but, unlike its Iranian counterpart, this fair is free from censorship. The books on display are examples of contemporary Iranian literature. There will be tables overflowing with uncensored novels, short… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Love and Revolution: Fariba Hachtroudi in conversation with Alex Preston

    Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World

    Mon 9 May 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Fariba Hachtroudi

    She was known as “Bait 455,” the most famous prisoner in a ruthless theological republic. He was one of the colonels closest to the Supreme Commander. When they meet, years later, far from their country of birth, a strange, equivocal relationship develops between them. Translated by Alison Anderson, The Man Who Snapped His Fingers by Fariba Hachtroudi… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Weatherfronts - Climate Change and the stories we tell

    Sat 14 May - Sun 15 May

    Free Word Lecture Theatre


    TippingPoint and Free Word are delighted to announce a 2-day event bringing together writers and climate change experts to explore one of the most politically relevant and urgent issues of our time. Working with Writing Development Agencies and supported by Arts Council England, this event offers unique opportunities to: explore the complexities of our changing climate and    the… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Do You Miss Your Country?

    Thu 19 May 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Do You Miss Your Country? book

    Na emigracji. (On Emigration) - an online comic by Polish visual artist Monika Szydłowska - started out on Facebook, where it now has almost 13,000 fans. It shows the life of a Polish immigrant in the UK through the medium of minimalist watercolours accompanied by a few well-chosen words. Despite their simplicity, they evoke a whole spectrum of the immigrant… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Word on the Street: Lost & Found

    Part of London Metropolitan Archives' Spring Literature Festival 2016

    Fri 20 May 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    LMA event

    Join London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) for the grand finale celebration of their Spring Literature Festival 2016. There will be an exciting variety of performances from artists including Jemima Foxtrot, whose poetry film, Mirror, was commissioned by BBC Arts as part of their Women Who Spit series; Evrah, a musician who will enchant with her lyrical songs; and poet Nick… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: ‘Multilingual Creativity Series’: Multilingual Creativity “speed-dating”

    Wed 25 May 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre


    Multilingual Creativitiy "speed-dating" Networking and knowledge exchange Meet partners interested in Multilingual Creativity from schools, universities, museums, libraries, publishers and arts, cultural and community organisations as well as freelance multilingual practitioners such as writers and translators. Hear about their work, share your own experiences and forge links to develop new partnerships and projects. To book a place for any event… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Comma Press Short Story Course

    7:00pm - 9:00pm. See dates below.

    The Astor Room

    Comma Press logo

    This course is about the short story. The best stories linger long in the reader’s mind. So how can you achieve that in just a few pages? Short stories offer the writer huge creative freedoms, but they also teach great discipline and precision. Together in a series of six workshops, we’ll explore the fundamentals of great… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: The Freedom of the Writer

    Thursday 26 May, 19:00 – 20:30

    Emmanuel Centre, Marsham St, Westminster

    Robert Saviano David Hare

    In this special fundraising event in support of the work of English PEN, David Hare and Roberto Saviano will meet for the first time to discuss creative freedom of the writer and the  limits of free speech, as they reflect on their own very different careers. In 2011 playwright and director Sir David Hare accepted the PEN Pinter Prize… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: The Last Word: Spoken Word & Social Activism

    Sat 4 Jun 2016

    The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London

    Spoken Word & Social Activism at The Last Word Festival 2016

    Spoken word is being used across the world to galvanise communities and stimulate social activism. This event will feature a range of exceptional performance poets who are working in a range of settings, dealing with themes such as the criminal justice system and prisons, to gender issues, race issues and experiences of migration, as well as some of the participants… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Translation Pitch: New Literary Voices with PEN Presents

    Thu 9 Jun 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Translation Pitch

    The Translation Pitch is back! Six translators go head-to-head, pitching their ‘must-acquire’ European books to a live audience and a jury of top publishing experts: Max Porter (Granta/Portobello), Meike Ziervogel (Peirene Press) and Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories). This whirlwind tour of contemporary European writing will uncover brilliant books from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Turkey and… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: TLC Writers’ Day

    Saturday 11 June 2016, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Writer's day

    As part of its 20th birthday year celebrations, The Literary Consultancy is offering a Writers’ Day as part of the newly formatted flagship Literary Conference on Saturday June 11 Writers will hear from industry experts in three practical sessions offering up the best in thinking for writing across all environments: • How to Pitch (with publisher Scott Pack) • How… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: The Book of Pearl: Timothée de Fombelle in conversation with Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon

    Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World

    Mon 13 Jun 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    The Book of Pearl

    Join Walker Books, publishers of Alex Rider, Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, as they present the imaginative adventure story The Book of Pearl. Hear internationally acclaimed author, Timothée de Fombelle, in conversation with his translators Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon about his journey in creating the story, and theirs in bringing it to life in English. This event… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Information Commissioner & Tribunal Decisions

    Tue 14 Jun 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    FOI Act

    The Information Commissioner has issued over 8,600 decision notices under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations - while the Information Rights Tribunal has published over 1,500 decisions. A number of appeals to the Upper Tribunal and courts have also been decided. These complex decisions are essential materials for anyone trying to understand what public authorities must do to comply… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Travel Writing Workshop

    Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm from 15 June

    The Astor Room

    Peter Carty

    Do you want to be a travel writer? Then why not come along to the four-week travel writing evening class starting at Free Word Centre on Wednesday 6th April? The classes will help participants to write travel features and sell them to newspapers, magazines and websites. The travel writing courses are led by Peter Carty. Peter contributes to the… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Home Is…

    Wed 29 Jun 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

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    Apples and Snakes present Home Is… On the same morning as the Government unleashes “Go Home” buses on the streets of London, 4 individuals from different backgrounds find themselves in a temporary detention room following what appears to be an immigration raid on a train station in which people of colour are profiled and detained indiscriminately. As… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Word’s Up

    Thu 30 Jun 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Michael Rosen

    Join Islington Word Festival 2016 for a fabulous evening of perfectly performed words from some festival favourites. This is the closing event for this year’s festival, celebrating five years of Word Festival in Islington; the evening will be hosted by Paul Lyalls with very special guest Michael Rosen.              … Read more