Literary March

Does Literature Even Matter?

I’m Pretty Sure Nobody Gives a Tit about Lit(erature) #LiteraryMarch

Me working @ Flintridge Bookstore

The world is in a crisis, and I thinks that ‘lack of reading’ is the cause. I will be attending four literature festivals in four weeks to show that reading is fun, relevant, and vital.

I’ll be attending festivals in Tamworth, Essex, Teignmouth, and Huddersfield as I want to spotlight the brilliant voices all over the UK. I’m calling it the Literary March!

Growing up in Los Angeles (Calabasas to be more specific!), I felt like an outsider because I loved to read books and watch movies. I moved to the UK to find my community of booklovers, as well as connect with my British heritage and was shocked to discover that it’s still mostly old people. Sorry Grandma!

According to the National Literacy Trust, one in six adults of working age in the UK struggle with literacy. The Reading Agency confirms that 46% of young people (aged 16 to 24) don’t read in their free time. No wonder, I can’t find any people my age at literary events! And yet, there is extensive evidence that people who read a lot are more successful in society and participate more actively in politics. The lack of reading according to Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson is threatening democracy in the UK and the US. It is also having a massive impact on the next generation. Children are not able to speak or read properly when they arrive at school because their parents are not reading or speaking to their kids enough.

I believe that the antidote to this illiteracy epidemic is to make reading exciting again, the way the Beat Generation did in the 1950s and 60s. That’s why I’ve taken on the name of Allen Ginsberg. He made poetry dangerous.

I’ll will be blogging about my adventures and will culminate my journey with a free event in London on April 9th as a fringe event of the already fringe European Poetry Festival (I’m the Director of PR & Marketing – so come to that, too! :P)

If you want to come along, meet up, write about a literature festival, or share with me what you think, email me!


Tamworth Literature Festival takes place March 4 to March 9, 2019.

  • Population: 76,500
  • Distance from London: 165km/103 m
  • Demographic: 97% White British

Read my interview with one of the Festival Director, Anthony Poulton-Smith

Essex Book Festival takes place all March 1 to March 31, 2019.

  • Population: 1.8 million
  • Distance from London: 80km /50 m
  • Demographic: 80% White British

Read my interview with Festival Director, Ros Green

Teignmouth Poetry Festival takes place March 21 to March 24, 2019.

  • Population: 15,500
  • Distance from London: 299km /186 m
  • Demographic: 97.9% White British

Read my interview with one of the directors, Ian Royce Chamberlain

Huddersfield Literature Festival takes place March 21 to March 31, 2019.

  • Population: 170,000
  • Distance from London: 299km /186 m
  • Demographic: 75.8% White British

Read my interview with Festival Director, Michelle Hodgson