London Writers’ Week to be dedicated to victims of Grenfell Tower fire

People at an event during London Writers' Week 2016 People at an event during London Writers' Week 2016
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London Writers’ Week has announced it will be donating all of its profits to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The annual celebration of new writing will move to the Tabernacle in Notting Hill from a previous venue which had not yet been confirmed.

Notting Hill is local to Grenfell Tower, where at least 79 people are confirmed dead, or missing and presumed dead, following a fire on June 14.

London Writers’ Week has also announced it is organising a special event with a panel of writers discussing what role writers can play in responding to and helping with events such as the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Co-director of London Writers’ Week David Evan Giles said: “This appalling tragedy hit me very personally.

“I grew up near the tower and one of my nephews was born in that building years ago, so this feels like my village.

“London Writers’ Week will do whatever is in our power to help. At times like this, language matters. So, we are adding an extra session about how writers can find ways to use the power of language to say something useful, something helpful, something powerful about this man-made disaster.”

Co-director of London Writers’ Week and head of the Dramatic Writing MA at Central Saint Martins Jennifer Tuckett said: “We are passionate about moving London Writers’ Week to the Tabernacle and to be making the week a benefit for the victims of Grenfell Tower.”

London Writers’ Week is not run in association with Central Saint Martins.

London Writers’ Week will begin on July 3.