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Wednesday 9 October
at The Wanstead Tap

Eleanor Crow

Shopfronts of London

Shop-
fronts
of London

Friday 29 November
at The Wanstead Tap

Award-winning performance poet

Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus and guests

Come and see our
new Bookshop at
743-745 Barking Road


Events information & tickets: select Events from the menu below or in the Forthcoming Events column on the right.

Thursday 3 October
and Friday 4 October
at The Wanstead Tap

Dusty the classic Biography

Lucy O’Brien
Janette Mason
David McAlmont

Dusty in Words and Music

Friday sold out

Regional Winner

Monday 29 April at 7 pm
at Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Theatre Square
London E15 1BX


Buy tickets online
Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Tickets £8 online
from Stratford Circus

Newham Bookshop customers: click here and use the code 4INSECTS when prompted.
Collected Poems
Collected Poems by Carol Ann Duffy is published in hardback by Picador at £25.
Luck is the Hook
Luck is the Hook by Imtiaz Dharker is published in paperback by Bloodaxe Books at £12.
Asylum
Asylum by Sean Borodale is published in paperback by Jonathan Cape at £10.
British Museum
British Museum by Daljit Nagra is published in paperback by Faber & Faber at £10.99.
Carol Ann Duffy

Dame Carol Ann Duffy’s
final project as Poet Laureate

Poetry Live! presents

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the
Insect Population

Insects

An evening of poetry with
Imtiaz Dharker, Daljit Nagra, Sean Borodale, Zaffar Kunial, Matthew Hollis, Ella Duffy, Andrew McMillan, Mark Pajak and Yvonne Reddick.


Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy leads a poetic response to the collapse of the Earth’s insect population. She has commissioned a group of leading poets to write and perform in response to the ecological crisis. The new poems will be published in The Guardian on Saturday 27 April 2019, and this event will be a special reading of the poems at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. This event will be Carol Ann Duffy’s final contribution as Poet Laureate, before she steps down in May at the end of her ten-year term.

Her term as Poet Laureate has been widely praised. Lady Antonia Fraser has called her a “great Poet Laureate” who “comments on contemporary events directly in a way we do not believe a Poet Laureate has done before.”

Her major 2011 collection The Bees, winner of Costa Poetry Award, celebrates the bee and, as one critic wrote, shows how “the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect.”

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy became the first female Poet Laureate in 2009, and is also queen of the dramatic monologue. Her poetry gives voice to society’s alienated and ignored in an unstuffy but compelling manner, wrestling with ideas about language and identity. As she says, “I like to use simple words but in a complicated way.”

Born in Glasgow, Carol Ann Duffy was brought up in Staffordshire and studied philosophy at the University of Liverpool, where she was active in the city’s underground poetry scene in the 1970s. Her first full-length collection Standing Female Nude in 1985 was something of a landmark, forging an anti-establishment voice with a colloquial lyricism. Duffy reached a wider audience with The World’s Wife (1999), a series of witty dramatic monologues spoken by women from fairy tales and myths, and the women usually air-brushed from history, such as Mrs Midas and Mrs Darwin. Her output has also included a formidable amount of writing for children.

Us
Us by Zaffar Kunial is published in paperback by Faber & Faber at £10.99.
playtime
playtime by Andrew McMillan is published in paperback by Jonathan Cape at £10.
Spitting Distance
Spitting Distance by Mark Pajak is published in paperback by smith|doorstop Books at £7.50.
Spikenard
Spikenard by Yvonne Reddick is published in paperback by smith|doorstop Books at £7.50.

Forthcoming events


Tuesday 17 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Jenni Murray
A History of the World
in 21 Women

Thursday 19 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Daniel Rachel
Don’t Look Back In Anger
In conversation with Paolo Hewitt

Thursday 26 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Carl Cattermole
Prison: A Survival Guide
In conversation with Deborah Coles

Thursday 3 October and
Friday 4 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Lucy O’Brien
Janette Mason and David McAlmont
Dusty in Words and Music

Wednesday 9 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Eleanor Crow
Shopfronts of London
In conversation with Krissie Nicolson

Thursday 10 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

An Evening with
Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
Part of Redbridge Fabula Festival 2019

Thursday 7 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Suresh Singh
A Modest Living
Memoirs Of A Cockney Sikh

In conversation with Stefan Dickers

Friday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

John Crace
Decline and Fail
Read in Case of Political Apocalypse

Friday 29 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Raymond Antrobus
and guests

Past events and news


Esther Rutter
This Golden Fleece
A Journey Through
Britain’s Knitted History

Book Benefit for the
homeless in Newham

Launch party for
Luan Goldie
Nightingale Point

Ronnie le Drew
Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi
Zippy and Me

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints
in conversation with Asad Rehman

Pete Brown
Pie Fidelity
In Defence of British Food

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the Insect Population
with Andrew McMillan, Matthew Hollis, Imtiaz Dharker, Zaffar Kunial,
Mark Pajak, Hannah Sullivan,
Sean Borodale, Ella Duffy
and Yvonne Reddick

David Hepworth
A Fabulous Creation
How the LP Saved Our Lives

5x15 on The Future of Education
with David Kynaston, Priya Lakhani, Alex Beard, Owen Jones,
Melissa Benn and Kate Clanchy

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit
in conversation with Martin Rowson

Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

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

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Michael Rosen
with Danny Braverman

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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Suresh Singh
with Stef Dickers

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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

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Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

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Regeneration Songs

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Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

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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