London Fields gets its own writing-fair pop-up

author Sam Berkson (supplied)

TULIP TUITT loves reading. So much so that when the Goldsmith’s Row book market near Haggerston City Farm ended, she set up her own.

Maggie Hamand (supplied)
Prolific: Hackney’s Maggie Hamand and, top, Sam Berkson

Bookwood Book Fair is a monthly pop-up but it will, she  says, host readings by  “the freshest of London’s authors and poets” and provide a platform for “a thought-provoking discussion about death, dying and the nature of palliative care”.

Tuitt, who is a bookseller, tells Loving Dalston: “I want Bookwood to be a platform for authors, independent publishers and self-publishers of ’zines and small-press works.

“It should be a place where visitors can meet authors, take part in workshops and demonstrations and be encouraged to turn themselves on to the opportunities that writing can provide.”

Among those taking part will be the much-published and easy-going local author Maggie HamandFrances Mensah Williams, Lisbon-based Susana MoreiraMarques, kickstarter-funded author Sam Berkson, and publisher-writer Irenosen Okojie.

And the question so many people ask, finding a publisher, will be addressed by doctor and novelist Niyati (Esperanza Street) Keni.

Frances Mensah Williams (supplied)
Frances Mensah Williams

First, try to interest an agent, next, hope the agent believes in you, then… well, so it goes on.

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* Bookwood Book Fair, Netil Market, 23 Westgate StreetLondon Fields E8 3RL, Bank Holiday Sunday 30 August 2015, noon-5. Free. Disabled access difficult.  

* Backstory: Rap it up 

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