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Newham Bookshop celebrates
40 years’ trading in 2018

For news about Newham Bookshop visit our News page.

Visit our Fundraising page for details of our Two Doors Down campaign.

For details of events and to buy tickets, select Events from the menu below.

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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Newham Bookshop

745-747 Barking Road
London E13 9ER
Telephone: 020 8552 9993
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Tuesday – Friday
9.30 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Two Doors Down move almost complete

Almost there Local history section

15 December — Two weeks into December, and most of our new Bookshop at 743 Barking Road is ready to welcome you. Nearly all of the bookshelves are in place and full of books. There’s still a lot of work to do, and we will continue to work hard to get everything done in the next week or two. We’ve extended the deadline for our Crowdfunder page until Friday 21 December, and you can make donations in person at any time. We still need your help to reach our fundraising target of £25,000. Here are the latest pictures of the new shop taking shape.

Shelves at back of shop
Service desk almost in position

Pubali Cafe

Two Doreen Fletcher prints to be auctioned
at event on Tuesday 18 December

East End artist Doreen Fletcher has kindly donated editioned prints of two of her paintings to Newham Bookshop. They will be auctioned at the event at The Wanstead Tap next Tuesday, 18 December, when Doreen Fletcher will be in conversation with The Gentle Author. Corner Shop

The proceeds of the auction will go towards our Two Doors Down fundraising campaign. Bids will start at £125. The two prints are Pubali Cafe and Corner Shop.

Christmas and New Year opening hours

Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 December 9.30 am – 5 pm

Saturday 22 December 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday 23 December 11 am – 3 pm

Christmas Eve Monday 24 December 10 am – 3 pm

Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December Closed

Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December Closed

Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 December 10 am – 4 pm

Sunday 30 December Closed

New Year’s Eve Monday 31 December Closed

New Year’s Day Tuesday 1 January Closed

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 January 9.30 am – 5 pm

Saturday 5 January 10 am – 5 pm

For our normal opening hours, see the black box top right or click here.

Working hard on our move Two Doors Down

New shop refurbished in November – books moving across in December

We need more donations to fund the move: visit our Fundraising page for details.

During November, our contractors have worked hard to transform 743 Barking Road from the state it was in (shown in these photos) to the new shop that is now being fitted out.

Before the work started
Plastering in progress
Before the archway was restored

One important task was the reinstatement of the archway between 743 and the Children’s Bookshop in 745. This was bricked up several years ago (left) but it is now replastered and repainted (right).

Plastered walls and the new ceiling

We have had a false (suspended) ceiling fitted to incorporate low-energy lighting units and an air conditioning heating/
cooling system. We hope you agree that this gives 743 a modern, neat look.

After the archway was plastered
The first shelves are installed
John and Peter contemplate the new shelves

We’ve had new flooring put down and then started to put the bookshelves in place.

Etta filling the shelves
John putting books in place

Booksellers Etta Levi-Smythe and John Newman are putting the books in place on the shelves moved from 747.

Bookshelves full of books

Come and visit the Bookshop to see how the new shop is developing. We’ll put some more pictures here as the work continues.

We need more donations to help us reach our fundraising target of £25,000. Please visit our Crowdfunder page to make your pledge, or make a donation in person at the Bookshop or at one of our events. You can also send us cheques by post, payable to Newham Bookshop. You will get a reward for your generosity however you donate.

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 18 December at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Past events and news

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
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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