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Independent publishers and authors come together for book benefit for Newham homeless people

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 July 2019

The Newham event follows on from the successful Book Benefit for the Hackney Homeless. Picture: Open Pen.

The Newham event follows on from the successful Book Benefit for the Hackney Homeless. Picture: Open Pen.

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Independent publishers are donating books for a charity event to raise money in aid of homeless people in the borough.

Will Ashon is among the authors who will do readings at the Book Benefit for the Newham Homeless. Picture: Open Pen.Will Ashon is among the authors who will do readings at the Book Benefit for the Newham Homeless. Picture: Open Pen.

Books from 10 publishers will be sold at half price for Book Benefit for the Newham Homeless, which will also feature readings by six authors.

All proceeds from book sales, bar takings and donations will go to charity Bridges Homeless Support.

Independent literary fiction publisher and short story magazine Open Pen will host the event in partnership with Newham Bookshop at The Wanstead Tap in Forest Gate on August 27.

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It follows the format of the Book Benefit for the Hackney Homeless in March, which was run by Influx Press and bookshop Burley Fisher and raised more than £1,000 for charity.

Open Pen founding editor Sean Preston said: "After the success of (that event), we're rolling out a second event that looks to be even bigger, aiming to raise more money and awareness for local homeless charities.

"Bridges supports homeless and vulnerably housed people to identify and address multiple needs."

The event starts at 7pm and entry is free.

Visitopenpen.co.uk/book-benefit-for-the-newham-homeless for more information.

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