Newham Bookshop logo (2015)

Wednesday 9 October
at The Wanstead Tap

Eleanor Crow

Shopfronts of London

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

The Biggest Book Show on Earth, London event
on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at Walthamstow Assembly Hall

Over 800 children and over 100 adults filled Walthamstow Assembly Hall for the Biggest Book Show on Earth, with guest appearances from some of the biggest names in children’s books. A buzz of excited chatter, followed by shrieks of laughter, the children listened attentively as the authors talked about their work and entertained with songs and jokes.

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson

The Show lasted about 90 minutes and included Steven Butler as the Ringmaster and Dennis the Menance, Francesca Simon with Horrid Henry, Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve with amazing hair and ukeleles, Holly Smale of Geek Girl fame, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.

After the Show, 800 packed lunches appeared and the important activities of eating, buying books, meeting the authors and getting autographs took up the next couple of hours. Great excitement all round. The queue to meet Holly Smale lasted the whole two hours, and all the children were wearing the Geek Girl glasses provided specially for the Show and given out by the people from Waltham Forest Libraries, our partners for the event, together with World Book Day and Stratford Circus.

Audience reaction

”It was a great thing to have a ten-year-old bouncing with excitement because her favourite book writer was about to appear… eat your heart out One Direction!“ — Marilyn Gabbett

”We all really enjoyed the day… parents have fed back to us that their children came home straight away and started reading their new signed books!“ — Imogen Cook, Park Primary School, Newham

”The children and staff had a brilliant time and came back so inspired to write!“ — Brian Hughes, Aldersbrook Primary School, Redbridge

Kaizen Voice

Kaizen Primary School, Plaistow in Newham, sent two reporters from their school newspaper Kaizen Voice. Here is their report that will appear in the edition which comes out just before Easter.

Park Primary School with Michael Rosen

Park Primary School with Michael Rosen…

Park Primary School with Holly Smale

Holly Smale…

Snaresbrook Primary School

Snaresbrook Primary School

Park Primary School with Steven Butler

Steven Butler…

Park Primary School with books

…and with their new, signed books.

View from the balcony

800 children watching Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

World Book Day

Biggest Book Show on Earth, On Tour flyer

World Book Day

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Kaizen Voice report