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Stormzy announces free #Merky Books Literary Festival

By | Published on Tuesday 28 February 2023

#Merky Books Literary Festival

Stormzy has announced that he will host a two day #Merky Books Literary Festival at London’s Roundhouse venue in April. As well as literature, the event will also cover storytelling across film, TV, music and photography.

Sponsored by Netflix, the free event will feature headline interviews with rapper Wretch 32 and former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.

There will be additional sessions featuring the likes of author Candice Brathwaite, playwright Theresa Ikoko and BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Richie Brave, as well as spoken word performances from Sophia Thakur, Monika Radojevic, Caleb Femi and Yomi Sode, plus workshops, mentoring, masterclasses and screenings.

“I’m so proud that we’re able to offer a free festival to inspire young creatives”, says Stormzy. “This is going to be our biggest event yet for #Merky Books”.

The book publisher’s Senior Commissioning Editor Lemara Lindsay-Prince adds: “At #Merky Books, we are committed to breaking down barriers in the publishing industry and investing in the voices of today and tomorrow”.

“We are incredibly excited to host our first ever literary festival in partnership with Netflix and proud to put on an event that speaks directly to our core values”, she goes on, “going even further to demystify the creative industries, empower a new generation of talent and offer an insight into the range of careers in the arts”.

The event will take place from 22-23 Apr. Find full details of day one here and day two here.