We’re Hiring

Posted 22nd Feb 11 by Sam in News

Work with us

We have an ‘exceptional individual’ shaped hole we’re looking to fill. We are recruiting for a Festival Assistant to work with us in the run up to and during the 2011 festival.

It’s an immediate start, so if you’re a quick-off-the-blocks type, outgoing, and inventive, this is a rare chance to be involved right at the heart of the festival.

Full specs and job description here.

We are also seeking three precocious voluntary helpers there too.

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requiem for a zine

Posted 21st Feb 11 by Sam in Musings, Stuff We Like

Amidst the mania of launch week, we received some rather sad news. On 11th February an email came through informing us that Pen Pusher, London’s voice of new writing and great festival friend, was to take a dignified final bow. Anna, Felicity and Hape deciding to cease publication as of this month. Read their farewell statement here.

A real champion of quality breakthrough writing, PP has, over its six years, published an incredible compendium of talent: a spooky number of LWF alumni and many more daring poets, authors and performers. All wrapped up in a seductive package with a quality of design that bellied its (initial) £0.00 cover price.

Their launch parties, whether held in a caravan parked inside a cocktail bar, or raucous shows above the Betsy Trotwood were overflowing and always triumphs.

Anna & Hape on the Pen Pusher stall at LWF '09

Anna & Hape on the Pen Pusher stall at LWF '09

I remember making a call to Time Out sometime in late 2008, to enquire about the possibility of a  festival media partnership. Politely, but firmly, they suggested I call back when our ticket numbers had another zero on the end. Told. A couple of days later I received an email from Anna at Pen Pusher, full of ideas, energy and enthusiasm which turned out to be the beginning of a happy relationship that taught me very quickly that a partnership is much more about finding the right people with passion that match your own, far more than profile or notional ABCs.

Their involvment judging and publishing – and even awarding a darts-trophy to the winner, no questions asked – our Search for the Golden Fib competition was among many highlights, and having a Pen Pusher stall pop up at our events was always an asset, source of fun and proud extension of the festival family.

Sorry to see you go, PP. You’ll be missed.

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London Word Festival 2011 Announced

Posted 16th Feb 11 by Marie in News

Automated poetry machines, future libraries, the Fat Tail theory of economics, tobacco, insecure robots and ladies wrestling men.

LWF IV has arrived.

Alan Moore, Mel Brimfield, Robin Ince, Christian Bök, Emmy The Great, Tom Basden, Joe Dunthorne, Chris Goode, Steve Aylett, Tim Etchells, Joanna Neary, Ant Hampton, Simon Munnery, Ross Sutherland, FOUND, Josie Long, Hannah Walker, Debbie Pearson, Stuart Evers, Jack Underwood, Kevin Eldon, Henningham Family Press, Lara Clifton, Oopmah Brass, Miriam Elia, Nikesh Shukla, Hannah Silva, Isy Suttie, Rachel Pantechnicon, Francesca Millican-Slater, Luke Kennard, the ghost of Patrick McGoohan (almost) and many, many more.

The whole bloomin’ thing can be seen here.

London Word Festival. Putting Ballard on a pole.

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Festival Programme 2011

Poster illustration by Oliver King

festival programme

Thu 7 - Wed 20 Apr


Fri 8 - Sat 23 Apr

The Quiet Volume

Sat 9 - Sun 10 April

This is just to say

Tue 12 April

Books vs. Cigarettes

Sun 17 Apr

Scrabble Sunday Tournament

Mon 18 Apr

Private View

Tue 19 Apr


Thu 21 Apr

No Furniture So Charming

Sat 23 Apr

King James Bible Bash

Tue 26 Apr

Intergender Wrestling

Wed 27 Apr

The Goodbye Library

Thu 28 Apr

Like You Were Before

Thu 28 Apr

Keep Breathing

Fri 29 Apr - Sun 1 May

The Crash

Tue 3 May

Christian Bök

Wed 4 May

Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic

Thu 5 May

Be Seeing You

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