Mary Wollstonecraft got top billing on the website:
2011 is the second Stoke Newington Literary Festival, created to celebrate the area’s long and influential literary history and to keep the spirit of radical thinking, debating and story-telling alive.This year, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the people that have helped put Stoke Newington on the cultural map, in particular Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Wollstonecraft.How fantastic is that? And then the description of our event:
Mary Wollstonecraft moved to Newington Green in 1782 where she published books on girls’ education and civil rights and wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, a keystone in the history of women’s rights. Come and find out about local projects celebrating Britain’s first feminist, hear the ‘Fragments & Monuments’ artists talk about their new book and participate in Strangers in the Neighbourhood, a collaboration between Anna Birch and Taey Iohe and meet Roberta Wedge, Mary Wollestonecraft blogger.When I first saw their website more than a month ago, I wrote to the organisers and suggested they correct the spelling -- such a difficult name. So now the front page is fine, but the event description still contains the typo, and doesn't list the name of my project (this blog title) or even Mary on the Green per se. Oh well.
The event itself went well. My various Twitter publicity may have had some effect: I believe the tickets were sold out, and certainly the gallery space looked full. Close to 100 people, I'd guess. It was Anna Birch's initiative, so she and her collaborator Taey Iohe got most of the time, which is fair enough. They have a new book to flog, which is what literary festivals are usually all about.