Author CJ Cooke launches the Stay at Home Festival this weekend


27 March 2020
The world's first free international online literary festival is on from today to 11 April

The Stay at Home Festival is the first virtual literary festival, aiming to champion connectivity and community for writers during isolation during the COVID-19 crisis. There will be workshops, panels, readings and Q&A sessions from writers in all genres.

All the festival events will be running via Zoom. Attendees do not need to have Zoom, but are recommended to use Chrome as their browser and can access any event that interests them by clicking on the relevant link at the end of the event listing in the programme.

Poet, novelist and academic Carolyn Jess-Cooke, who writes as CJ Cooke, said: 'I wanted to create a vibrant and responsive online literary event to create a means of connection and respite in these troubled times. The festival seeks to combat loneliness and provides a creative lifeline for emerging and established writers alike.’ Paper Nations have joined as partners for the festival as part of their project The Great Margin, which seeks to give voice to marginalised writers.

Confirmed authors include Maggie O'Farrell, Samantha Dowling, Jacqueline Saphra and Katherine May, and more are rallying every day to support their community.

For full details see the website.

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