By kind permission of New Writing North we bring you free access to the Stay at Home! Festival

The Stay-at Home! Festival is an new online literature festival designed to prevent loneliness, champion connectivity and community amidst social distancing, and celebrate writing and reading as tools to achieve this.

It is a free and completely online festival with workshops, readings, panels and Q&A sessions by writers of all genres that you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa. The festival is created by poet, novelist and lecturer - and one of our Read Regional authors - CJ Cooke, in partnership with Paper Nations.

The programme features multiple events from 27 March - 11 April 2020, with subjects ranging from poetry to novel writing and nonfiction, career advice, wellbeing and mindfulness, mental health, and publishing.

All events are live, and you can find out the whole programme on the Stay-at-Home! Festival website. To join in, simply click on the web link provided on each event of the programme at the indicated start time – no need to register. All you need is a smartphone, tablet, or laptop – cosy up on the sofa with a hot drink and biscuit and enjoy!