Stormzy announces new literature festival #Merky Books

The two-day event will take place at The Roundhouse and feature the likes of Malorie Blackman, Wretch 32 and John Agard

Stormzy has unveiled a new two-day literature festival as part of his publishing imprint, #Merky Books. The free, two-day event will be hosted at North London’s Roundhouse from 22–23 April 2023, and seeks to “demystify creative industries and inspire a new generation of creatives”.

The event, powered by Netflix, is part of a wider literary festival In The Round.

So far the billing includes a panel with British rapper Wretch 32 and Afro-Guyanese poet and playwright John Agard, plus an interview with former Children’s Laureate and Noughts and Crosses author Malorie Blackman.

There will also be spoken word performances from the likes of Sophia Thakur and Yomi Sode, panel discussions and guidance sessions, plus a conversation on mental health and resilience hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Richie Brave.

“I’m so proud that we’re able to offer a free festival to inspire young creatives,” says Stomzy. “This is going to be our biggest event yet for #Merky Books.”

#Merky Books, the rapper’s award-winning publishing imprint with Penguin Random House UK, formed in 2018 with an aim of publishing a new generation of writers challenging the mainstream while breaking barriers of the industry.

Stormzy also hosts This Is What I Mean Day at London’s All Points East this summer, tickets available here