The People of the River Rise reading, hosted by Culture Declares, took place during lockdown on 20 May 2020. It was organised by Paul Ewen and hosted by Toby Litt. The writers who took part were Alfie, Chloe Aridjis, Jeff Goodell, Monique Roffey, Susana Medina, Edward Platt, Clare Morrall, Anoucha Grose, Jessica Townsend, Josh Appignanesi, Cath Drake, James Miller, Sharon Eckman and Courttia Newland.
In October 2019, as part of the October Rebellion, Writers Rebel launched with an amazing series of readings on rainy Trafalgar Square. Fifty writers – including Ali Smith, Simon Schama, Daljit Nagra and Romesh Gunesekera – took part.