So what is the “30 Day Book Meme”?

I Love Reading

I Love Reading

To many people there is this thing called the ’30 day book meme’ which is a kind of survey where you write a blog entry in answer to each of the questions.
An example of one is here http://ohemgillie.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/30-day-book-meme-day-30/ and you can see each of the days has been filled out by @OhEmGillie. There are many, many examples of this over the web and it’s rather popular.

I can see the appeal as it is a great way of talking about what you love; Books, reading and literature.

The concept of a Meme first appeared in Richard Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene. Quoting from WikiPedia:

The book also coins the term meme for a unit of human cultural evolution analogous to the gene, suggesting that such “selfish” replication may also model human culture, in a different sense. Memetics has become the subject of many studies since the publication of the book.

There are other book and literature related memes around, here are some I found:

I notice a feature of these memes is that some of them involve ‘tagging’ which seems an ideal thing for Twitter. Not used much in that way though.

Do you do or have you ever joined in a ‘book meme’? If so tell us about your favourite one here, make sure you include a link in the comment so it can be found.

The First Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2010

Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2010

The First Stoke Newington Literary Festival begins on Friday 4th June and promises to be a really high powered event. It’s very exciting to live in an area where events like this happen.

Stoke Newington has a long history of links to famous writers. Daniel Defoe is remembered with a street to his name just off Stoke Newington Church Street. Other famous writers include Joseph Conrad, Anna Sewell and Edgar Allen Poe. There are many more to add to the list.

The events start on Friday 4th June kicked off at the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms on Church Street by Diane Abbott MP. There is an event packed weekend ahead with plenty of organised events happening.

There will be many well known authors and presenters present and there is plenty of scope to learn more about the craft of writing. There are three workshops set up to help writers, aspiring and experienced, to hone their skills.

If you’re new to Stoke Newington there are plenty of excellent pubs, bistros, cafes and eateries along Church Street. Clissold Park is having lots of work done at the moment to make it even more lovely but there’s usually space to sit under a tree with a book and a coffee and snack from the Spence.

There aren’t any literary events for children this year but it is the first so I hope that they will be catered for next year.

Update via Twitter:

@StokeyLitFest @bookmeme Storytelling with Secret Seed Society on Sat 11-2 at farmers market, then more at Bookshop on Sunday from 2pm.

I’d love to see something like a Readathon in the park or some illustrators doing outdoor classes for children. My son is an avid reader and artist.

The festival has been organised by Liz Vater, Jo Adams of Stoke Newington Books and Anne Beech of Pluto Press.

Many of the events are ticket only so check the official website for details. stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com

It’s going to be a brilliant event, have a great time and good luck to the organisers and participants. I guess the Spence is going to be busier than ever this weekend!