Ninth chapter for “coolest literary festival”

Book lovers, history buffs, foodies and families are in for a treat this week as Stoke Newington Literary Festival prepares to enthral.

The event, dubbed “the coolest literary festival of the summer” by Authonomy, is in its ninth year and the line-up won’t disappoint.

Novelist Ali Smith will be taking a look at London’s fractured communities on the opening night and delving into issues like Brexit, gentrification and immigration, with performances by refugee writing group Akwaaba.

Chelsea Clinton will be at Stoke Newington Town Hall presenting her new book: She Persisted Around the World – 13 Women who Changed History.

Other headline acts include Adam Kay, the bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt: The Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor and comic writer John O’Farrell will be exploring the pains of a bewildered Labour activist.