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Newham Bookshop celebrates
40 years’ trading in 2018

Thursday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Bobby Seagull

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing
Magic of Numbers

Meet the star of University Challenge and BBC Radio 4’s Today puzzle.

Tuesday 18 December at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Doreen Fletcher


We welcome the Forest Gate artist discussing the book of her paintings with The Gentle Author.

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Wednesday 7 December at 7 pm
at Sir James Hawkey Hall,
Woodford Green

Sir James Hawkey Hall

No Cunning Plan
No Cunning Plan
is published in hardback by
Sidgwick & Jackson at £20.
More about the book.

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Hear Tony Robinson on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, now on BBC iPlayer Radio.

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson
No Cunning Plan

The South Woodford Village Gazette
asked Tony Robinson some questions

Tell us about your connections to South Woodford Just before the Second World War, Mum and Dad (who were East Enders) moved down the Lea Bridge Road and bought a semi-detached in South Woodford on Raymond Avenue on the Firs Estate. My whole childhood was spent in South Woodford. I went to the St Philips and St James Church on Grove Road. I went to Snaresbrook College and then Woodford Green prep school. I spent as much time as a could at the Majestic Theatre (now the Odeon) on the High Road and in the Plaza on George Lane where the Sainsbury’s is.

Why did you choose the Sir James Hawkey Hall for your event? My mum and dad loved amateur acting and my first performances were at the Sir James Hawkey Hall, either in poetry competitions or in plays, so coming back here is visiting the birthplace of my career.

What is your most striking memory of South Woodford? Walking down George Lane to South Woodford Station. I always used the Central line when I was a child actor in West End shows.

Did you enjoy your time at Wanstead High School? I hated school and bunked off whenever I could and spent my time reading behind the bookshelves in South Woodford Library.

Which teacher from Wanstead most influenced you and why? My most influential teacher wasn’t from Wanstead High School. It was my elocution teacher Ms Philips, who lived in Chingford and ran private classes for five shillings a term.

Do you still keep in touch with any childhood friends? I still see Susan Pears, the girl who lived next door but one. I often bump into old school mates—a few have turned up at my book tour in places as far as Nottingham and Yeovil.

When was the last time you came back to South Woodford? I used to come back often until my mum died about 12 years ago.

After receiving your knighthood in 2013, you were quoted as saying you will use your new title with “abandon to highlight the causes I believe in.” Can you give some insight into one of those causes? Both my parents suffered from dementia and I have become an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Everyone remembers when Baldrick and co were killed in the final scene of Blackadder Goes Forth, originally broadcast just before Remembrance Day in 1989. Did that scene influence you in any way in terms of how you mark 11 November yourself? The First World War has always featured strongly in my sense of history because my Grandad Jack was a Private in the trenches. I have filmed on the Western Front many times and last year told the story of the Battle of the Somme for The Discovery Channel.

Do you think Bob Dylan was a worthy recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature? Yes.

One final serious question. Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom. Boom, Boom… Boom? The finest poem ever written!

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Forthcoming events

Thursday 15 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Will Ashon
Chamber Music
Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)

Tuesday 20 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Robin Ince
I’m a Joke and So Are You
A Comedian’s Take on
What Makes Us Human

Thursday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Tuesday 27 November at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

Now at Wanstead Library

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

Thursday 29 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

E. Foley and B. Coates
What Would Boudicca Do?

Tuesday 18 December at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Past events and news

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

An evening with
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Marcus Sedgwick & Dr Sam George
The Battle of the Books:
Frankenstein v. Dracula

Kenney Jones
Let the Good Times Roll

Ben Okri and special guests
Rise Like Lions

Adam Dant
Maps of London & Beyond

Sarah Ivens
Forest Therapy

Shore 2 Shore
with Carol Ann Duffy
Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay
and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

Viv Albertine
To Throw Away Unopened

Melanie McGrath
Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road
in conversation with Duncan Barrett

James Bloodworth
Six Months Undercover
in Low-Wage Britain

Chris Difford
Full Acoustic Show
Some Fantastic place

Michael Rosen
So They Call You Pisher!

David Hepworth
Uncommon People
The Rise and Fall of the
Rock Stars 1955-1994

Liam Young and Simon Hannah
The Labour Party, past and present

Misha Glenny: McMafia
Seriously Organised Crime

Helen Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words
The Story of Women’s Rights,
Then and Now

Laura James and Jessie Hewitson discuss autism

Literary Natives
Writers of Colour Meet Up

John Davies: The Red Atlas
How the Soviet Union
Secretly Mapped the World

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