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UK Literary Festivals Calendar b-March London's Inaugural Deptford Literature Festival Cancelled

London’s Inaugural Deptford Literature Festival Cancelled

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The inaugural Deptford Literature Festival organised, by Spread the Word and independent producer Tom MacAndrew, has been cancelled due Coronavirus concerns. The event, scheduled for Saturday 14th March,  was to be a day-long festival featuring 17 events – most of which were free to attend. The festival has been supported by Arts Council England. 

The festival was set to feature writers, artists and organisations local to South East London including Inua Ellams, Jay Bernard, Jamie Hale, Ella Frears, TOKEN Magazine, Round Table Books, Apples and Snakes, Poetry London and the Poetry Translation Centre.

The statement on the festival website is as follows:

It is with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel Deptford Literature Festival on Saturday March 14th, following the escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

We’re saddened to do this, but feel it is the best decision for protecting the safety and health of our audiences, partners, artists, staff and volunteers; and that our duty of care to them, outweighs the Festival taking place at this point.

For ticket-holders to paid events, we will be reimbursing all ticket purchases as soon as possible. Please bear with us as we process these payments over the next few days.

We’re very sorry to do have to do this, but hope that we’ll be able to welcome audiences to Deptford Literature Festival in the not too distant future.

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