Writers of colour in mainstream fiction and de-stigmatisation of mental health disorders were amongst the subjects discussed.
If you were on campus last weekend, you may have caught a glimpse of the Hillingdon Literary Festival, which took place in and around the Antonin Artaud Building.
There was something for everyone - alongside author events, other offerings included live music, street food stalls, the previously successful poetry takeaway, and local handicraft stalls.
Evening events brought in huge crowds, with full rooms for Benjamin Zephaniah, Matt Hague, and Shappi Khorsandi - to mention a few. Authors discussed pressing issues in the literary world, from the place writers of colour had in mainstream fiction, to the de-stigmatisation of mental health disorders.
The festival concluded with a celebration evening for the writers published in the Festival’s ‘Writing Local, Thinking Global’ writing anthology. Vivien Brown was announced as winner of the competition for her poem ‘Lovesick’.
Some of the most profound moments during the festival occurred when you took a moment to observe the breadth of love thriving for literature.
Whole families crowding around the Waterstones stall, anxious to buy books; the joy of a reader who’d just got their favourite book signed; or the pride of a shortlisted writer seeing their anthology for the first time- these were the most valuable takeaways from the weekend. Well, those and the apple crumble pancakes.