Tim and I try and attend as many of the Local Business meetings as we can in Haringey. The majority of these meetings have been instigated by the good people in the Regeneration Department at Haringey Council. And they are good people.
A few months ago, at one of these meetings, it was announced that Haringey had been given £50k of the Government's 'High Street Innovation Fund'. This money was put up to support projects that improve the vibrancy of town centres. The Council wanted town centre organisations to put forward their proposals for how the money should be spent. They asked organisations to submit detailed proposals on how they would improve Haringey's high streets.
So, we thought, why don't we propose the idea of a Literary festival in Wood Green. I filled in the proposal form, including stuff like this.
|"We are seeking funding to organise a
richly diverse, exciting, and truly unique Literary Festival in Wood Green in
2013. It’s hoped that staging this will increase footfall in the area, and
act as a positive showcase for Wood Green.
We aim to put the 3 day festival on in June/July 2013, running from Friday evening to Sunday evening. As well as traditional venues...we will also look to use other local gems, such as the Karamel Club & The West Indian Cultural Centre to host events.
We will also investigate the possibilities of using outdoor spaces and schools"
I'll spare you the detail, but I sent the form off about 8 weeks ago and we crossed our fingers.
About a week ago we got this letter back from Haringey Council.
So, after we finished dancing around the shop, and we'd composed songs and poems praising Mary Portas and Haringey Council, we thought we'd let you know.
We're not going to be able to start organising anything this side of Christmas, what with all the other stuff we're trying to do at the moment (selling books and that..), but in the New Year we'll be putting together a Festival Committee, who we're hoping will help us to put on a truly wonderful celebration of books and reading.
We'll keep you posted.