Mon 6 November

The Art of Words: Islamic Arts and Calligraphy

6-19 November
10.30am-8pm (Closed Sundays)
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Visual Art
Free

www.rosettaarts.org

Join Rosetta Art Centre for a two-week exhibition that will fuse art and word through an exploration into Islamic Art and Arabic Calligraphy. In addition, there will be two workshops lead by artist Aisha Naim, where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

To my younger self…

Mon 6 – Sat 18 Nov

During Library Opening Hours
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Custom House Library
Beckton Globe Library
North Woolwich Library
Free

What would YOU say to your younger self? Visit Ingeenium’s letterbox installations at four libraries across Newham. With provided beautiful writing materials, people of all ages will be encouraged to write a letter to their younger self – what advice would you give? What should they not worry about? What can you teach them?

These letters will be collected on the 17th November and will become part of an installation at Canning Town Library about youth and growth on the 18th November.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Words and Wellbeing

6-19 November
During library opening hours
Beckton Globe Library
Visual Art
Free
Drop-in

Cygnet healthcare and Newham Adult Education will be in residence at Beckton Library for the duration of the festival with an exhibition and display boards to raise awareness of their work tackling social exclusion across the borough.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Arts and Calligraphy

6-19 November
10.30am-8pm (Closed Sundays)
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Visual Art
Free

www.rosettaarts.org

Join Rosetta Art Centre for a two-week exhibition that will fuse art and word through an exploration into Islamic Art and Arabic Calligraphy. In addition, there will be two workshops lead by artist Aisha Naim, where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

BREIS: Rhythm and Poetry

4.15pm (One hour)
Stratford Library
Recommended for young people aged 8-14
Performance
Free

Dynamic Nigerian rap artist BREIS will be performing some of his songs as well as talking about his journey in hip-hop as an MC, author and educator. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session and signing of his rap book Brilliant Rappers Educate Intelligent Students.

Contact Stratford Library for more details: 020 3373 0826

Script-Writing: Generating Ideas

6pm (Two hours)
Manor Park CNC
Workshop
Free
Second session Mon 13 Nov

This is the first session of two focusing on script-writing for theatre/ live performance with a professional playwright, Paula B. Stanic, & actress/writer Terri Ann Brumby. In session one you’ll concentrate on writing exercises to generate ideas. You will then return for session two to work towards crafting those ideas into your own short monologue or piece.

Registering for this session will also book you onto the second session on 13 November

Book Tickets

Letter to a Stranger

7.30pm
Applecart Arts, 170 Harold Road, E13 0SE
Workshop, Performance
£5/£3 Concs

Applecart Arts offers you a chance to perform alongside poet and playwright Inua Ellams.
1. Write a piece.
2. Film your performance.
3. Tweet this to @Applecartlive #newhamreads by Oct 27th.

Head Judge Inua Ellams will pick three winners to join him for a public performance on 6 November. Come and see Inua perform alongside the winners.

Book Tickets

Tues 7 November

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Arts and Calligraphy

6-19 November
10.30am-8pm (Closed Sundays)
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Visual Art
Free

www.rosettaarts.org

Join Rosetta Art Centre for a two-week exhibition that will fuse art and word through an exploration into Islamic Art and Arabic Calligraphy. In addition, there will be two workshops lead by artist Aisha Naim, where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

To my younger self…

Mon 6 – Sat 18 Nov

During Library Opening Hours
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Custom House Library
Beckton Globe Library
North Woolwich Library
Free

What would YOU say to your younger self? Visit Ingeenium’s letterbox installations at four libraries across Newham. With provided beautiful writing materials, people of all ages will be encouraged to write a letter to their younger self – what advice would you give? What should they not worry about? What can you teach them?

These letters will be collected on the 17th November and will become part of an installation at Canning Town Library about youth and growth on the 18th November.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Book Club and Creative Writing

Vaseem Khan

6pm (90 mins)
Manor Park CNC
Workshop
Free

Love to read and discuss great books? Want advice from internationally published author and top literary agent? Times bestselling author of The Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series, Vaseem Khan, will be hosting this free book club and writer’s course. There will also be prizes to win in a writing competition.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

John Hegley

John Hegley

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Forest Gate CNC
Author event
Free

This event will be BSL interpreted

John Hegley was a member of Soapbox Theatre in Newham in the early eighties and has retained links with the place and people of Wanstead Flatland. He is delighted to be coming to the library to share poems and songs from his vegetable books, for anyone over seven years old, or six if wearing spectacles.

This event is suitable for adults, but families are welcome. The event will be followed by a book signing.

Book Tickets

Word

Jamal Harewood

8pm
Applecart Arts, 170 Harold Road, E13 0SE
Performance
£10/£8 concs

Become the contestant or host in an audience led game show that holds a magnifying glass up to the words we use daily. Performance artist Jamal Harewood will be creating temporary communities through this participatory event, focusing on the ideas of identity and race within the community.

For adults 16+.

Book Tickets

Weds 8 November

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Arts and Calligraphy

6-19 November
10.30am-8pm (Closed Sundays)
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Visual Art
Free

www.rosettaarts.org

Join Rosetta Art Centre for a two-week exhibition that will fuse art and word through an exploration into Islamic Art and Arabic Calligraphy. In addition, there will be two workshops lead by artist Aisha Naim, where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

To my younger self…

Mon 6 – Sat 18 Nov

During Library Opening Hours
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Custom House Library
Beckton Globe Library
North Woolwich Library
Free

What would YOU say to your younger self? Visit Ingeenium’s letterbox installations at four libraries across Newham. With provided beautiful writing materials, people of all ages will be encouraged to write a letter to their younger self – what advice would you give? What should they not worry about? What can you teach them?

These letters will be collected on the 17th November and will become part of an installation at Canning Town Library about youth and growth on the 18th November.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Thyme to Rhyme: Poetry Reflecting Food Traditions

Adisa the Verbaliser

Doors: 5pm
Start: 5.30pm
Forest Gate CNC
Performance
Free

Come and celebrate food with the award-winning spoken word artist Adisa The Verbaliser. Bring all your funny stories about your traditional foods and together you will cook a feast fit for royalty.

This event is a poetry performance by Adisa followed by a creative writing workshop on the theme of food that reminds us of home.

Book Tickets

Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Stratford Library
Author Event
Free

Ben Aaronovitch is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling PC Peter Grant series of novels (Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho, Whispers Under Ground, Broken Homes, and most recently The Furthest Station). He was born and raised in London, and his love for the city is reflected throughout the series.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Programmed by Newham Bookshop.

Book Tickets

The Butch Monologues

The Butch Monologues

7.30pm
Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry’s Studio, E15 1BN
Performance
£10-12

A powerful and often humorous collection of secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire taken from interviews with butches, masculine women, gender rebels and transmen, living world-wide.

The Butch Monologues brings together a collaboration between hotpencil press: an independent not for profit UK publishing house promoting high quality, unique, contemporary and re-visited works, largely ignored by the mainstream, under the leadership of Laura Bridgeman; Vital Xposure, a bold, dynamic touring theatre company under the creative leadership of disabled artist, Julie McNamara; and The Drakes, a group of butches, transmen and gender rebels, who joined together in the spirit of masculine solidarity, with the aim of promoting female masculinity and butch pride.

The publication of The Butch Monologues will be launched in Autumn 2017, bringing together a number of these unique and extraordinary stories.

For adults 16+.

Book Tickets

Word

Jamal Harewood

8pm
Applecart Arts, 170 Harold Road, E13 0SE
Performance
£10/£8 concs

Become the contestant or host in an audience led game show that holds a magnifying glass up to the words we use daily. Performance artist Jamal Harewood will be creating temporary communities through this participatory event, focusing on the ideas of identity and race within the community.

For adults 16+.

Book Tickets

Thurs 9 November

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Arts and Calligraphy

6-19 November
10.30am-8pm (Closed Sundays)
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Visual Art
Free

www.rosettaarts.org

Join Rosetta Art Centre for a two-week exhibition that will fuse art and word through an exploration into Islamic Art and Arabic Calligraphy. In addition, there will be two workshops lead by artist Aisha Naim, where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

To my younger self…

Mon 6 – Sat 18 Nov

During Library Opening Hours
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Custom House Library
Beckton Globe Library
North Woolwich Library
Free

What would YOU say to your younger self? Visit Ingeenium’s letterbox installations at four libraries across Newham. With provided beautiful writing materials, people of all ages will be encouraged to write a letter to their younger self – what advice would you give? What should they not worry about? What can you teach them?

These letters will be collected on the 17th November and will become part of an installation at Canning Town Library about youth and growth on the 18th November.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

And with music, I grow: Poetry Workshop (writing with lyrics)

Writing workshop

6.30pm
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Workshop
Free

Do you remember the songs of your childhood? Is there a lyric that sticks in your head? A song that marks a moment? Music for a day where your life changed? Has music helped you become the person you are today?

In these three creative writing workshops led by Hannah Gordon and Georgina Norrie, you will use memories of music of the past to inspire new writing. Bring the lyrics of your favourite song with you – you may need it

Each workshop will stand alone – you can attend one or both of the sessions, whatever you prefer.

Writing will be displayed as part of our installation on Growth at Canning Town Library.

For adults 18+.

Book Tickets

Mansions of Misery with Professor Jerry White

Jerry White

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Stratford Library
Author Event
Free

For eighteenth and nineteenth century Londoners, debt was part of everyday life. But when your creditors lost their patience, you might be thrown into one of London’s most notorious jails: the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison. In this event, London historian Jerry White investigates some of Marshalsea’s most fascinating prisoners.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Programmed by Newham Bookshop.

Book Tickets

Amy Lamé and Juno Dawson in Conversation

Amy Lamé and Juno Dawson

Photo of Juno by Sophia Spring.
Photo of Amy by Christa Holka.

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Forest Gate CNC
Panel Event
Free

Multi-award winning young adult author and activist Juno Dawson will join writer, broadcaster, activist, performer and The Mayor of London’s first Night Czar Amy Lamé for a discussion of their latest publications: The Gender Games (Dawson) and From Prejudice to Pride: A History of LGBTQ+ Movement (Lamé).

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Programmed by Discover and Newham Bookshop.

Book Tickets

Superposition

Superposition at Stratford Circus

7pm
Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Performance
£13-15

In a world where appearances, size and bodies are constantly scrutinised, Superposition celebrates and challenges perceptions. Poet, playwright and pole dancer, Chanje Kunda explores how we feel about our bodies in a funny, honest and open way.

Using movement, poetry and physics she tells stories of pubic hair and lap dancing clubs. In an empowering show that celebrates the black female body, find answers to the big questions in life: What are the real laws of attraction? What is my place in the universe? What makes me, me?

For adults aged 15+.

Book Tickets

The Butch Monologues

The Butch Monologues

7.30pm
Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry’s Studio, E15 1BN
Performance
£10-12

A powerful and often humorous collection of secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire taken from interviews with butches, masculine women, gender rebels and transmen, living world-wide.

The Butch Monologues brings together a collaboration between hotpencil press: an independent not for profit UK publishing house promoting high quality, unique, contemporary and re-visited works, largely ignored by the mainstream, under the leadership of Laura Bridgeman; Vital Xposure, a bold, dynamic touring theatre company under the creative leadership of disabled artist, Julie McNamara; and The Drakes, a group of butches, transmen and gender rebels, who joined together in the spirit of masculine solidarity, with the aim of promoting female masculinity and butch pride.

The publication of The Butch Monologues will be launched in Autumn 2017, bringing together a number of these unique and extraordinary stories.

For adults 16+.

Book Tickets

Fri 10 November

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Art and Calligraphy

Aisha Naim

11am-1pm
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Workshop
Free
To book contact Sarah McFadden: 020 7511 1117
sarah@rosettaarts.org

Calligraphy artist Aisha Naim and Rosetta Art Centre will lead two workshopps where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces. Alongside the workshops will be a two week exhibition of Aisha’s work in Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Centre.

To my younger self…

Mon 6 – Sat 18 Nov

During Library Opening Hours
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Custom House Library
Beckton Globe Library
North Woolwich Library
Free

What would YOU say to your younger self? Visit Ingeenium’s letterbox installations at four libraries across Newham. With provided beautiful writing materials, people of all ages will be encouraged to write a letter to their younger self – what advice would you give? What should they not worry about? What can you teach them?

These letters will be collected on the 17th November and will become part of an installation at Canning Town Library about youth and growth on the 18th November.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Let’s Sing and Dance/ Hum Nache Gayen

Ekta Project logo

Doors: 12pm
Start: 1pm
Forest Gate Learning Zone
Performance
Free
Families and Children welcome

Enjoy a song and dance performance from local members of the Ekta Project, including the Jago, a traditional Punjabi dance; the Dandiya, a Gujurat stick dance; Bollywood dance and more! Learn the traditions and stories behind these dances and maybe even have a go yourself.

Call or email the Ekta Project in advance to reserve your space: 020 8514 5221 ekta_info@yahoo.com.

John Crace

John Crace

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Stratford Library
Author Event
Free
Suitable for ages 16+

John Crace is The Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer and author of I Never Promised you a Rose Garden. His latest book, I, Maybot, is a satirical look at Theresa May’s first year in Westminster. Devastatingly funny political satire, for fans of Private Eye and Have I Got News for You.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Programmed by Newham Bookshop.

Book Tickets

Superposition

Superposition at Stratford Circus

7pm
Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Performance
£13-15

In a world where appearances, size and bodies are constantly scrutinised, Superposition celebrates and challenges perceptions. Poet, playwright and pole dancer, Chanje Kunda explores how we feel about our bodies in a funny, honest and open way.

Using movement, poetry and physics she tells stories of pubic hair and lap dancing clubs. In an empowering show that celebrates the black female body, find answers to the big questions in life: What are the real laws of attraction? What is my place in the universe? What makes me, me?

For adults aged 15+.

Book Tickets

The Butch Monologues

The Butch Monologues

7.30pm
Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry’s Studio, E15 1BN
Performance
£10-12

A powerful and often humorous collection of secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire taken from interviews with butches, masculine women, gender rebels and transmen, living world-wide.

The Butch Monologues brings together a collaboration between hotpencil press: an independent not for profit UK publishing house promoting high quality, unique, contemporary and re-visited works, largely ignored by the mainstream, under the leadership of Laura Bridgeman; Vital Xposure, a bold, dynamic touring theatre company under the creative leadership of disabled artist, Julie McNamara; and The Drakes, a group of butches, transmen and gender rebels, who joined together in the spirit of masculine solidarity, with the aim of promoting female masculinity and butch pride.

The publication of The Butch Monologues will be launched in Autumn 2017, bringing together a number of these unique and extraordinary stories.

For adults 16+.

Book Tickets

Sat 11 November

Newham Poetry House

Sonia Quintero, poet

West Ham Bowling Club, Stratford Park, E15 3JR
9.30am-4pm
Free

The Pop-Up Newham Poetry House provides a space for poetry in our daily lives. Open from morning to night, join Colombian poet Sonia Quintero for these drop-in workshops, discussion groups, screenings, open mic sessions and performances exploring hip-hop, spoken word, slam, rap, classical, in all languages across the globe.

9.30-10.30am: Poetry breakfast
11.30am-1pm: “Creating Imagery” workshop with Charlynne Bryan
2-4pm: Poetry performance with Lisa Luxx and open mic

These are drop-in events and pre-booking is not required.

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Art and Calligraphy

Aisha Naim

11am-1pm
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Workshop
Free
To book contact Sarah McFadden: 020 7511 1117
sarah@rosettaarts.org

Calligraphy artist Aisha Naim and Rosetta Art Centre will lead two workshopps where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces. Alongside the workshops will be a two week exhibition of Aisha’s work in Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Centre.

To my younger self…

Mon 6 – Sat 18 Nov

During Library Opening Hours
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Custom House Library
Beckton Globe Library
North Woolwich Library
Free

What would YOU say to your younger self? Visit Ingeenium’s letterbox installations at four libraries across Newham. With provided beautiful writing materials, people of all ages will be encouraged to write a letter to their younger self – what advice would you give? What should they not worry about? What can you teach them?

These letters will be collected on the 17th November and will become part of an installation at Canning Town Library about youth and growth on the 18th November.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

FACIAL EXPRESSION

Basquiat

Manor Park CNC 10.30-12.30
Workshop
Free

Salmagundi films present FACIAL EXPRESSION – a digital self-portrait workshop with words and textures inspired by artist Jean Michel-Basquiat. Learn how to produce accidental poetry from your inner thoughts and convictions and turn your face into a personal billboard of poetic graffiti.

Self portraits with words will be projected throughout the week across Newham and of course for you to keep.

No experience necessary. Families welcome and suitable for age 11+

Book Tickets

Stratford Poetry Group

Stratford Poetry Group meeting

11am
Stratford Library
Workshop
Free

New to poetry? Drop into Stratford’s free creative poetry session and explore new ways of expressing yourself. Open to all ages, this session is led by Colombian artist and poet Sonia Quintero, author of Metaphors of Two Worlds.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required. Contact Stratford Library for more information 020 3373 0826

In Other Words

In Other Words logo

2-4.30pm
Manor Park CNC
Performance
Free

Manor Park is a surprising hotbed of linguistic talent. Come along and take part in this exciting and unique community event. Performers of poetry, lyrics, songs, and spoken word work are all welcome. All styles, traditions, and language are strongly encouraged! This is a great opportunity to meet other performers, and to learn how Newham library can support your word-art.

Book Tickets

FACIAL EXPRESSION

Basquiat

Custom House and Canning Town CNC 2.30pm-4.30pm
Workshop
Free

Salmagundi films present FACIAL EXPRESSION – a digital self-portrait workshop with words and textures inspired by artist Jean Michel-Basquiat. Learn how to produce accidental poetry from your inner thoughts and convictions and turn your face into a personal billboard of poetic graffiti.

Self portraits with words will be projected throughout the week across Newham and of course for you to keep.

No experience necessary. Families welcome and suitable for age 11+

Book Tickets

Sun 12 November

Newham Poetry House

Sonia Quintero, poet

West Ham Bowling Club, Stratford Park, E15 3JR
9.30am-4pm
Free

The Pop-Up Newham Poetry House provides a space for poetry in our daily lives. Open from morning to night, join Colombian poet Sonia Quintero for these drop-in workshops, discussion groups, screenings, open mic sessions and performances exploring hip-hop, spoken word, slam, rap, classical, in all languages across the globe.

9.30-10.30am: Contemporary Newham Poets – poetry reading and open discussion with Sonia Quintero
11am-12:30pm: “Healing with Poetry” workshop with Sacha Farley
2-4pm: “Word Jungle” workshop and open mic with Karim Leo

These are drop-in events and pre-booking is not required.

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

FACIAL EXPRESSION

Basquiat

Stratford Library 2-4pm
Workshop
Free

Salmagundi films present FACIAL EXPRESSION – a digital self-portrait workshop with words and textures inspired by artist Jean Michel-Basquiat. Learn how to produce accidental poetry from your inner thoughts and convictions and turn your face into a personal billboard of poetic graffiti.

Self portraits with words will be projected throughout the week across Newham and of course for you to keep.

No experience necessary. Families welcome and suitable for age 11+

Book Tickets

Mon 13 November

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Art and Calligraphy

Aisha Naim

11am-1pm
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Workshop
Free
To book contact Sarah McFadden: 020 7511 1117
sarah@rosettaarts.org

Calligraphy artist Aisha Naim and Rosetta Art Centre will lead two workshopps where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces. Alongside the workshops will be a two week exhibition of Aisha’s work in Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Centre.

Skills That Stick

young people workshop group

10am
Stratford Library
Workshop
Free

This interactive workshop explores the linguistic and study skills among the community. With a view to alleviating the fears surrounding pursuing further and higher education, Skills that Stick encourages adult learners to consider their repertoire of skills and the opportunities for study at all levels.


This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Clay Stories

hands and clay

11.30 (2 hours)
Beckton Community Centre
Workshop
Booking Essential

Join the Criss Cross potters for an arts and crafts workshop. This session will combine mixed methods of working with clay to draw upon the festival’s theme of words.

There will be small charge of £5 for any clay item made during the workshop.

There are 10 places available on this workshop. To book a place please call Chris Wong on 0750 6913032.

Stratford Poetry Group

Stratford Poetry Group meeting

6pm
Stratford Library
Workshop
Free

New to poetry? Drop into Stratford’s free creative poetry session and explore new ways of expressing yourself. Open to all ages, this session is led by Colombian artist and poet Sonia Quintero, author of Metaphors of Two Worlds.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Script-Writing: Generating Ideas

6pm (Two hours)
Manor Park CNC
Workshop
Free

The second of two sessions will continue focus on script writing for theatre/ live performance with a professional playwright, Paula B. Stanic, & actress/writer Terri Ann Brumby. In session one you’ll concentrate on writing exercises to generate ideas. You will then return for session two to work towards crafting those ideas into your own short monologue or piece.

Book Tickets

Tues 14 November

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Art and Calligraphy

Aisha Naim

11am-1pm
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Workshop
Free
To book contact Sarah McFadden: 020 7511 1117
sarah@rosettaarts.org

Calligraphy artist Aisha Naim and Rosetta Art Centre will lead two workshopps where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces. Alongside the workshops will be a two week exhibition of Aisha’s work in Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Centre.

Skills That Stick

young people workshop group

10am
Plaistow Library
Workshop
Free

This interactive workshop explores the linguistic and study skills among the community. With a view to alleviating the fears surrounding pursuing further and higher education, Skills that Stick encourages adult learners to consider their repertoire of skills and the opportunities for study at all levels.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Words and Wellbeing

cygnet health logo

4pm (1 hour)
Beckton Globe Library
Workshop
Free

Cygnet Healthcare and Newham Adult Education join together to raise awareness of social exclusion through a series of workshops themed around words and wellbeing. By celebrating the benefit of gardening, these interactive sessions take a look at the importance of nurturing self-care and growth.

Book Tickets

Pete May and Brian Williams

Home from Home and Goodbye to Boleyn

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Author Event
East Ham CNC
Open Captioned (Speech to Text)
Free

Journalists and West Ham fans Pete May and Brian Williams invite you to a celebration (and lament) of the team’s final season at the Boleyn Ground and move to Stratford’s Olympic Stadium; as explored in their books Home from Home and Goodbye to Boleyn.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Programmed by Newham Bookshop.

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Family Matters

four diverse poets

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Performance
Forest Gate CNC
Free

A unique showcase of extraordinary true family tales, written and performed by four of London’s best-loved poet/writers Agnes Meadows, Patricia Foster, Linda Shanovitch and Janett Plummer. The show takes us on a roller-coaster ride of stories crossing centuries and continents – a totally unmissable night!

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Penny Pepper

Penny Pepper photo

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Beckton Globe Library
Author Event
Free

This event is BSL interpreted.

Renaissance One and Unbound invite you to a reading to celebrate the publication of Penny Pepper’s new lively and candid memoir, First in the World Somewhere – which charts this disabled activist’s extraordinary life in the indie-punk music scene from Thatcher’s 80s through to Blair’s Britain in the 90s.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

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Wed 15 November

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Art and Calligraphy

Aisha Naim

11am-1pm
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Workshop
Free
To book contact Sarah McFadden: 020 7511 1117
sarah@rosettaarts.org

Calligraphy artist Aisha Naim and Rosetta Art Centre will lead two workshopps where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces. Alongside the workshops will be a two week exhibition of Aisha’s work in Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Centre.

Flag up the Meaning – Bookmaking Workshop with Phiona Richards

bookmaking workshop

10.30am (2 Hours)
Plaistow Library
Workshop
Free

Join paper artist Phiona Richards in this 2 hour workshop to create a flag book using paper punches, rubber stamps and an old-fashioned typewriter. Flag books are a type of ‘pop-up’ books made from scratch using cardboard and paper. Ideal for beginners or those with little bookmaking experience.

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Flag up the Meaning – Bookmaking Workshop with Phiona Richards

bookmaking workshop

2pm (2 Hours)
Beckton Library
Workshop
Free

Join paper artist Phiona Richards in this 2 hour workshop to create a flag book using paper punches, rubber stamps and an old-fashioned typewriter. Flag books are a type of ‘pop-up’ books made from scratch using cardboard and paper. Ideal for beginners or those with little bookmaking experience.

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Every Word You Say

Act Up! peformers

Doors: 6pm
Start: 6.30pm
Beckton Globe Library
Performance
Free

Act Up! Newham is an inclusive theatre company of disabled and non-disabled actors. This show draws on the actors’ experiences of bullying and negative words used against them, as well as labels used to define them. It seeks to show how important language is in shaping people’s lives.

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Newham Writers Workshop Book Launch

Newham Writers Showtime

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Stratford Library
Author Event
Free

Join the Newham Writers Workshop for the launch of their new anthology Showtime: The Collected Works of Newham Writers. With members from the collective attending you will have the chance to purchase a copy, speak to the writers and discover how to get involved as a writer yourself.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

The Sugar Girls: Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate and Lyle’s East End

sugar girls book jacket

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Author Event
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Open Caption (Speech to Text)

During the Blitz and the years of rationing, the Sugar Girls kept Britain sweet. Explore the uproarious local history of the Tate and Lyle factory, as told by authors of the Sunday Times bestseller Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi, and some of the Sugar Girls themselves.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Programmed by Newham Bookshop.

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Thurs 16 November

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Art and Calligraphy

Aisha Naim

11am-1pm
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Workshop
Free
To book contact Sarah McFadden: 020 7511 1117
sarah@rosettaarts.org

Calligraphy artist Aisha Naim and Rosetta Art Centre will lead two workshopps where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces. Alongside the workshops will be a two week exhibition of Aisha’s work in Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Centre.

Words and Wellbeing: Workshop

cygnet health logo

10am (1 hour)
Beckton Globe Library
Workshop
Free

Cygnet Healthcare and Newham Adult Education join together to raise awareness of social exclusion through a series of workshops themed around words and wellbeing. By celebrating the benefit of gardening, these interactive sessions take a look at the importance of nurturing self-care and growth.

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No Place Like Home: Four diverse poets explore the meaning of home

Moniza Alvi photo

Doors: 5.30pm
Start: 6pm
Plaistow Library
Panel Event
Free

Four diverse and award-winning poets who live the in the UK explore the concept of imagining, finding and making home. Moniza Alvi (born in Pakinstan, grew up in Hertfordshire), Miriam Nash (Scottish), Cath Drake (Australian) and Kayo Chingonyi (born in Zambia, moved to the UK at the age of six).

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How to write bestselling crime fiction – a workshop

three crime authors profile photo

6pm
Green Street Library
Workshop
Free

This workshop, led by three bestselling authors from East London, will examine the key ingredients in writing crime fiction including plot development, characters, using location, and creating the ‘wow’ factor. The authors will describe their process, and offer ‘insider’ tips on getting published, before leading writing exercises with the group.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

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Ola Awonubi

Ola Awonubi profile

6pm
Custom House Library
Author Event
Free

In 2008, Ola Awonubi won first prize for the Words of Colour Competition with The Pink House, then going on to win the Wasafiri New writing prize for another story The Go-Slow Journey. Ola now joins Newham Word Festival for a glimpse at her most recent book I Love You Unconditionally.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

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And with music, I grow: Poetry Workshop (writing with sound)

Ingeenium writing group

6.30pm
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Workshop
Free
18+

Do you remember the songs of your childhood? Is there a lyric that makes you sigh? Perhaps music has shaped you, allowed you to grow…

In these workshops, led by Ingeenium, you will use music of the past to inspire new writing. Bring the lyrics of a song that means something to you.

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And with music, I grow: Poetry Workshop (music and writing)

Ingeenium writing group

6.30pm
Beckton Globe Library
Workshop
Free

Do you remember the songs of your childhood? Is there a lyric that makes you sigh? Perhaps music has shaped you, allowed you to grow…

In these workshops, led by Ingeenium, you will use music of the past to inspire new writing. Bring the lyrics of a song that means something to you.

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Andy Hamilton

three crime authors profile photo

Doors: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Stratford Town Hall
Author Event
FREE
Open Caption (Speech to Text)

One of Britain’s best-loved comedy performers and writers, Andy Hamilton will read from his new book The Star Witness, a story of one man’s descent into disgrace and his journey to rejoin the human race. This pin-sharp satire will keep you laughing, cringing and guessing until the very end.

This event will be followed by a book signing.
Andy Hamilton’s Star Witness will be available to pre-order via Eventbrite.

Programmed by Newham Bookshop.

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Fri 17 November

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Art and Calligraphy

Aisha Naim

11am-1pm
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Workshop
Free
To book contact Sarah McFadden: 020 7511 1117
sarah@rosettaarts.org

Calligraphy artist Aisha Naim and Rosetta Art Centre will lead two workshopps where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces. Alongside the workshops will be a two week exhibition of Aisha’s work in Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Centre.

Flag up the Meaning – Book making Workshop with Phiona Richards

bookmaking workshop

10.30am (2 Hours)
East Ham CNC
Workshop
Free

Join paper artist Phiona Richards in this 2 hour workshop to create a flag book using paper punches, rubber stamps and an old-fashioned typewriter. Flag books are a type of ‘pop-up’ books made from scratch using cardboard and paper. Ideal for beginners or those with little bookmaking experience.

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Flag up the Meaning – Book making Workshop with Phiona Richards

bookmaking workshop

2pm (2 Hours)
Katherine Road Community Centre
Workshop
Free

Join paper artist Phiona Richards in this 2 hour workshop to create a flag book using paper punches, rubber stamps and an old-fashioned typewriter. Flag books are a type of ‘pop-up’ books made from scratch using cardboard and paper. Ideal for beginners or those with little bookmaking experience.

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Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess

hundred dollar note

5pm
Stratford Library
Film Screening + Q&A (with Courttia Newland)
Certificate: (TBC)
Free

Queen Nanny documents the struggle for freedom by the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable 18th century military genius, Nanny of the Maroons.

Followed by readings from Courttia Newland.

prisong

prisong logo

6.30pm
East Ham CNC
Visual Art
Free

Commissioned for the Together! 2017 Disability History Month Festival, prisong is a visual poetry exhibition by Newcastle-based artist gobscure exploring words, the labels we use and the power they have. Come along to the exhibition launch for a spoken word performance by sean burn followed by a Q&A session. Funded by Arts Council England.

Sat 18 November

Newham Poetry House

Sonia Quintero, poet

West Ham Bowling Club, Stratford Park, E15 3JR
9am-4pm
Free

The Pop-Up Newham Poetry House provides a space for poetry in our daily lives. Open from morning to night, join Colombian poet Sonia Quintero for these drop-in workshops, discussion groups, screenings, open mic sessions and performances exploring hip-hop, spoken word, slam, rap, classical, in all languages across the globe.

9.30-10.30am: “Public Voices” – a workshop in the park with Anna Hart
10-11:45am: “Alliteration and Wordplay” workshop with Daniel Headley
12.30-1.30pm: Talk by Andreena Bogle-Walton, founder of Hackney’s LGBT Poetry Group
2-4pm: Poetry performance and open mic

These are drop-in events and pre-booking is not required.

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.

The Art of Words: Islamic Art and Calligraphy

Aisha Naim

11am-1pm
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Workshop
Free
To book contact Sarah McFadden: 020 7511 1117
sarah@rosettaarts.org

Calligraphy artist Aisha Naim and Rosetta Art Centre will lead two workshopps where you will be able to explore the Arabic alphabet, and create your own calligraphy pieces. Alongside the workshops will be a two week exhibition of Aisha’s work in Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Centre.

Stratford Poetry Group

Stratford Poetry Group meeting

11am
Stratford Library
Workshop
Free

New to poetry? Drop into Stratford’s free creative poetry session and explore new ways of expressing yourself. Open to all ages, this session is led by Colombian artist and poet Sonia Quintero, author of Metaphors of Two Worlds.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Word-UP

melina merlin presents logo

12-3pm
Forest Gate Arts, 13 Upton Lane, E7 9PA
Panel Event
Free

Newham is a rich writing community. Come and meet local authors Derek Smith, Lia Smith, Tom McColl, Leila Nicotera and Melina Merlin, who will share their endeavours and help you reach your writing goals. Explore the community space of Forest Gate Arts too.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Sun 19 November

Newham Poetry House

Sonia Quintero, poet

West Ham Bowling Club, Stratford Park, E15 3JR
9am-4pm
Free

The Pop-Up Newham Poetry House provides a space for poetry in our daily lives. Open from morning to night, join Colombian poet Sonia Quintero for these drop-in workshops, discussion groups, screenings, open mic sessions and performances exploring hip-hop, spoken word, slam, rap, classical, in all languages across the globe.

9.30-10:30am: “The power of words” workshop with Calu Lema
11:30am-1:30pm: “Embody your words” workshop with Zephryn Taitee
2-4pm: SLAP (Spanish and Latin American poets), Barking Foxes and open mic

These are drop-in events and pre-booking is not required.

Voices from London

Voices of London poster

6-19 November
Open during library hours
Stratford Library
Visual Art
Free

This exhibition features stories from people who used to live in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and now live in East London. Their experiences are explored through art, photography and written word, including stories from the book Voices from the Jungle. Experts from the University of London will be on hand to answer questions.