Go on a guided tour of ghostsigns, gen up on Gin, learn to be a crime writer, or test your mettle at a Game of Thrones pub quiz: this year's Stoke Newington Literary Festival — which runs from 5-7 June — is more eclectic than ever.
Some of the tastiest pickings from 2015's programme include a talk from Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, an influential thinker and author on multiculturalism, immigration and racism (5 June, 8pm), Lee Jackson's visceral descent into Dirty Old London (6 June, 2pm), a joint talk by George F. and Paul Hawkins on their books about the culture of squatting (6 June, 7pm) and an appearance by the inimitable Will Self, who will be saying lots of strange words about his 11th novel Shark — a 'sprequel' (there you go, there's one) to his last book.
As this is Stoke Newington, there are oodles of N16-centric events, including a tour of local ghostsigns with resident Sam Roberts (6 June, 9.30am), and a discourse from local crime writer Melanie McGrath, who's joined by peers from the Killer Women collective including Colette McBeth, Anya Lipska, Louise Voss and Tammy Cohen (5 June, 8pm). There are also two chances to have a pint and a chat with local beer writer Pete Brown at The Prince (6 and 7 June, 8pm). Speaking of the sauce, Gin, Glorious Gin is the subject of a talk from Lucy Inglis, author of Georgian London, and Olivia Williams, who together dive head-first into the history of mother's ruin (6 June, 5pm).
An entire universe away from Stokey — yet guaranteed to be a fantastic(al) hit — is the Game of Thrones pub quiz (5 June, 8pm).
Comedy is amply covered, with the likes of appearances from The Thick of It and Fresh Meat writer Jesse Armstrong (6 June, 4pm) and A Question of Books with comedian Viv Groskop and critic Alex Clark (7 June, 6pm).
Tiddlypeeps are welcome to many events too, including Paper Crafts Inspired by Clissold Park (6 June, 11am) and a Sunday Singing Workshop with Tjinder Singh and Pete The Librarian (7 June, 11am).
Prices vary. For full listings visit the Stoke Newington Literary Festival website.