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Wednesday 30 July at 7 pm at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL

Mary Beard in conversation with Laurie Penny

Within the setting of Conway Hall, a landmark of London’s independent intellectual, political and cultural thought, the acclaimed classicist Mary Beard and the author and New Statesman columnist Laurie Penny will tackle the question: why are we so afraid of outspoken women?

We will be the official bookseller at this event, which is organised by the New Statesman. More details, and to buy tickets.


Barbara Nadel: one of my favourite independent bookshops

Barbara Nadel, whose Hakim and Arnold novels are set in Newham, praises Newham Bookshop in an interview on Quercus’ (her publisher’s) website.

Tuesday 29 July at 7.30 pm at The Wanstead Tap, Arch 352, Winchelsea Road, Forest Gate E7 0AQ

Miners Shot Down: a documentary by Rehad Desai

In AMiners Shot Downugust 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Taking the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the African National Congress (ANC) government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.

Tickets £3 from Newham Bookshop or telephone 07956 656086.

This event, in which Miners Shot Down will be screened, is sponsored by Redbridge Trades Union Council in association with Newham Bookshop. All proceeds from ticket sales and a collection will go to the victims’ families and South African platinum miners currently on prolonged strike action. The premises and facilities have kindly been provided free of charge, and we’d like to encourage you to enjoy the bar with its justly popular range of microbrewery beers and other refreshments.

Monday 4 August at 6 pm at Newham Bookshop

Duncan Barrett: Men of Letters: The Post Office Heroes who Fought the Great War

Men of LettersJoin us to celebrate the launch of Duncan Barrett’s new book, following the success of The Sugar Girls and GI Brides, which he co-wrote with Nuala Calvi. There will be drinks and refreshments, and Duncan will sign copies of the book. Free admission, but please call or email to let us know that you will attend. We hope to have a discussion with Duncan on another day; we’ll give you all the details once they have been confirmed.

Thursday 2 October at 6.30 pm at Stratford Picturehouse

Benjamin Zephaniah: Terror Kid

Benjamin ZephaniahNewham Bookshop and Newham Monitoring Project are pleased to welcome Benjamin Zephaniah back to Stratford to talk about Terror Kid, his first new novel for seven years.

Tickets £5 from Stratford Picturehouse – not on sale yet.



Sunday 27 July at 6 pm at Stratford Circus

Francesca Martinez: What the **** is Normal?

What the xxxx is normalThe actress and comedian talks about her first book. She will be in conversation with Owen Jones, author of Chavs and Guardian columnist.

Tickets £6 from Stratford Circus. Tel: 0844 357 2625 or book online. More details.


Our ad there – see our posters in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Newham Bookshop 2The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is now open to the public. We are part of the Your Ad Here project which commissioned artists to design posters to advertise local businesses. Our poster was designed by Bridget Meyne, a third-year illustration student. Have a look at the posters here.





James Lovelock with John Gray at Conway Hall

DSC0375Pictures of the event where James Lovelock discussed his book A Rough Ride to the Future with John Gray.


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Do you know any former WAAFs, WRENs or ATS Girls from World War II?

WouldDuncan Nuala they like to tell their story?

The authors of our bestseller The Sugar Girls would like to hear from you for their new book about women in the War. If you know of anyone, please email or call the Bookshop, or pop in and tell us.

Newham Bookshop posters at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Newham Bookshop was invited to be part of the Your Ad Here project, which commissioned artists to design posters to advertise local businesses. The posters are being displayed in the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for five years. The first posters are displayed near the Copper Box arena, and show a part of the whole design.

Our poster was designed by Bridget Meyne, a third-year illustration student at Falmouth University.

Newham Bookshop and othersNewham Bookshop 2These pictures were taken at the Olympic Park. The picture below shows the complete poster, which will be displayed in the Olympic Park later on. Some of the other posters were shown recently in The Observer Magazine, and you can see them on The Guardian’s website here.

Newham Bookshop March 2014