Lucinda Hawksley, great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, explores the 19th-century phenomenon that became the Christmas we know and love today – and of the writer who changed, forever, the ways in which it is celebrated.
It’s a real quiz, with Bobby Seagull of University Challenge fame as the quizmaster. We’ll have teams of four or five, organised in advance or on the night. Please come early, from 7 pm, so that we can start promptly at 7.30 pm. There will be a prize for the winning team.
Throughout 2017 John Crace, the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer, has watched Theresa May’s efforts to remain strong and stable – and, indeed, Prime Minister. He coined the term ‘Maybot’ for her malfunctioning public appearances, and now tells the full story of her turbulent first year in No 10.
The Infinite Monkey Cage, the legendary BBC Radio 4 programme, brings you this irreverent celebration of scientific marvels. Join us on a hectic leap through the grand and bizarre ideas conjured up by human imagination, from dark matter to consciousness via neutrinos and earthworms.
We have now raised £6,200 for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Once again, thank you all for your donations and auction bids. Also, thank you to the many authors and publishers who donated items to auction or for prizes.
All the funds raised are being donated to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, an independent charity founded in 2008, which is working with all the other charities supporting the Grenfell Tower residents.
You can now buy tickets online for Newham Bookshop’s events, and for some events in partnership with other organisations. Click on the logo, and you will be taken to the secure website run for us by The Little Box Office Ltd, a British company which provides online ticketing for theatres, music and book festivals.