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Newham Bookshop celebrates
40 years’ trading in 2018

Come and visit your local independent bookshop!

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Thursday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Bobby Seagull

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Now confirmed for
Thurs 22 November

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Saturday 10 am – 5 pm


Friday 4 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


So They Call You Pisher!
So They Call You Pisher!
is published in hardback
by Verso at £16.99.

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Michael Rosen
Photograph of Michael Rosen
by Graham Turner for the Guardian

Michael Rosen
So They Call
You Pisher!

Michael Rosen helps celebrate
our 40th birthday with stories from
his humorous and moving memoir

“If you didn’t know whether to risk doing something, what’s the worst that could happen? ‘So they call you pisher!’ ”

In this memoir, Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the north London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe.

Unlike the children around them, Michael Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution; party meetings were held in the front room, and summers were for communist camping holidays. It all changed after a trip to East Germany in 1957, when his parents decided to leave ‘the party’. Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to the Aldermaston march to ban the bomb, writing and performing in experimental political theatre, getting arrested during the 1968 movements.

“About a year before I was born, my brother died; he was not yet two. I don’t know the exact dates of his birth or the death. They were never marked or mentioned in our house or anywhere else. There was no memorial for him. There were no framed photos of him in our house. He was invisible. My arrival into the world must have been a mixture of delight and dread. Delight that I had come along to fill up the gap left by the one before. Dread that I could go too… I must have been the replacement child. Perhaps I was also a cough waiting to happen. Every snuffle, every slight rasp of a breath must have given them reason to worry.” – Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is the author of over 140 books of poetry, stories and politics. He was the Children’s Laureate between 2007 and 2009 and is currently the Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has won numerous international awards for his work in literature. He presents Word of Mouth on BBC Radio 4.

“The lovely thing about Rosen’s writing is that it is rooted in the reality of his own post-war childhood – you can smell the matzo bray his father makes as a treat when his mother is out, hear the wheels squeak on his go-kart, sense the thrill of him and his ten-year-old friend Mart on holiday climbing the Sugar Loaf mountain and crossing from Wales into England with their trousers down.” – Guardian

“Throughout his career, Rosen has inspired children and adults to fall in love with reading.” – Independent

“In his writing, he puts on no airs; his literary background (English degree from Wadham, Oxford) has not held him up – or back. Sometimes his writing is so simple, you wonder at it: how did he resist the temptation to dress it up? He knows – in his work at least – when to stop.” – Kate Kellaway, Observer

Forthcoming events


Thursday 18 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

Thursday 1 November at 7.30 pm
at Conway Hall

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

Thursday 8 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

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?

Past events and news


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
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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