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40 years’ trading, 1978-2018

Thursday 18 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Bobby Seagull

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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Tuesday 5 July at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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A Walk in the Park
A Walk in the Park
is published in hardback by
Jonathan Cape at £18.99.
Travis Elborough

We are pleased to welcome Travis Elborough back for another of his fascinating talks

Travis Elborough
A Walk in the Park

The Life and Times of a People’s Institution

Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life. You might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there — and that they always will.

In fact, the roots of even the most humble neighbourhood park lie in age-old battles over land and liberty. From their medieval life as private royal hunting grounds to their modern incarnation as public spaces teeming with activity, theirs is a story of land-grabbing monarchs and Restoration fops, great Victorian industrialists, punks and model-boaters — and somewhere among it all, the common man trying to enjoy his single day of rest. It’s a story best told by way of the Epic of Gilgamesh and Gary Numan LPs, with trips into the lives of celebrated engineers and artists, and the occasional hop across the Atlantic and the Channel.

Along the way, parks have proved themselves to be shape-shifters, transforming according to their public’s need — they’ve been converted into wartime farms; by night, they’ve provided some with the perfect location for illicit rendezvous. But right now, in an era of cuts, British parks are under threat. As such, Travis Elborough’s joyful and loving portrait is a timely celebration of a small wonder that we may on occasion take for granted. It will have your next trip to the park brimming with history, anecdote and new meaning.

A Walk in the Park is a loving exploration of public parks and green space and was described as “quirky and delightful” by the Observer.

Acclaimed by the Guardian as “one of the country’s finest pop culture historians”, Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for more than a decade, and frequently appears on BBC Radio 4 and Five Live. His books include Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and The Long-Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records that inspired the BBC Four documentary When Albums Ruled the World.

Forthcoming events


Wednesday 12 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Thursday 18 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Thursday 27 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

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

Past events and news


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
Hired
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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