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Monday 25 February
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Tuesday 27 November at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

This event will be
at Wanstead Library

First Time Ever
First Time Ever
is published in paperback
by Faber & Faber at £9.99.
Buy ticket online
Tickets £8 online
from Newham Bookshop
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Great range of beers and sophisticated soft drinks
Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

in conversation with Eliza Carthy MBE

Peggy Seeger is one of folk music’s most influential artists and songwriters. Born in New York City in 1935, she enjoyed a childhood steeped in music and left-wing politics – they remain her lifeblood. After college, she travelled to Russia and China – against US advice – before arriving in London, where she met the man with whom she would raise three children and share the next thirty-three years: Ewan MacColl. Together, they helped lay the foundations of the British folk revival, through the influential Critics Group and the landmark BBC Radio Ballads series. And as Ewan’s muse, she inspired one of the twentieth century’s most popular love songs, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

With a clear eye and generous spirit, Peggy writes of a rollercoaster life – of birth and abortion, sex and infidelity, devotion and betrayal – in a luminous, beautifully realised account.

• A Sunday Times and Telegraph Book of the Year
• Shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize
The Bookseller’s most-picked book in general non-fiction round-ups of 2017

“This sparky woman has done so much, lived so much, crammed so much in. Most of all, she has informed our appreciation of British and North American folk music, like very, very few people have. Then factor in her multiple roles in illuminating the folk, political song and feminist scenes and how her songs have enriched the folk idiom, and you have somebody worth getting amazed about.” – Ken Hunt, fRoots.

Eliza Carthy
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Eliza Carthy MBE
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We are delighted that Eliza Carthy is joining Peggy Seeger and will be in conversation with her. Eliza Carthy is one of the most recognisable faces in British folk. Launching head-on into the scene in the early 1990s, she quickly became one of its great innovators. She has spearheaded the re-emergence of English traditional music as a vibrant, exciting genre that could stand proud next to other world musics. She continues to bring new audiences to English folk through well-judged collaborations, recordings and performances.

Forthcoming events


Friday 22 February at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Tuesday 26 February at 7 pm
at Forest Gate Library

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Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Wednesday 27 February at 7 pm
at Stratford Library

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Regeneration Songs

Thursday 28 February at 7 pm
at Plaistow Library

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Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

Monday 4 March at 7 pm
at Canning Town Library

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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

Tuesday 5 March at 7 pm
at East Ham Library

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Suresh Singh
with Stef Dickers

Wednesday 6 March at 7 pm
at Forest Gate Library

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Thursday 7 March at 7 pm
at Stratford Library

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Michael Rosen
with Danny Braverman

Thursday 14 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Friday 15 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

Past events and news


Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Benjamin Zephaniah
The Life and Rhymes
of Benjamin Zephaniah

in conversation with Cilius Victor

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

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

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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

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

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
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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