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Saturday 10 am – 5 pm


Liz Osborne Writing Prize 2016 – the winners

 

Our writing competition attracted hundreds of entries on the theme of “Why I love living in Newham” from several Newham primary schools. This competition was held in memory of Liz Osborne, our former children’s bookseller, who sadly passed away last year, with prizes donated by her mother.

The judges, Newham Bookshop’s specialist children’s bookseller John Newman, Redbridge headteacher Carel Buxton and Redbridge primary school teacher Rosie Williams read them all very carefully and on Thursday 30 June we were delighted to welcome the winner and runner-up to Newham Bookshop to receive their prizes and certificates.

The winner is La’Karla Edwards-Webb, who is in Year 5 at Gallions Primary School. La’Karla received a voucher for £30 to buy books at the Bookshop. The runner-up is Edward Black, who is in Year 6 at Park Primary School. Edward received a voucher for £20. Their schools also received vouchers to buy books: £250 for Gallions Primary School and £150 for Park Primary School.

The winning entries, right, are poems describing all the good things about the London 2012 host borough. Both winners wrote their poems for homework, in one sitting.

In addition to the prizewinners, there were seven entries which were highly commended, from these children: Marzanul Islam in Year 5 at Brampton Primary School; Ilaksana Ravindran and Rogash Bavan, both in Year 4 at Nelson Primary School; Matilda Hind, Rayham Salim and Safiya Abed, all in Year 4 at Park Primary School; and Jeffrey Owusu-Boateng in Year 6 at Vicarage Primary School.

 

Winner: La’Karla Edwards-Webb

La'Karla Edwards<br>-Webb

I’ve lived in Newham for years and years.
Lots of things have brought me tears
Happiness and laughter all at the same time
I live in Newham and Newham is mine.

I have never learnt the cockney slang
I speak with my own Jamaican twang.
Probably will live here all my life
Get married and become a wife.

Love the parks filled with trees
Wild flowers, butterflies and bees.
Great walks with family and friends
Lots to do, the fun never ends.

New and old buildings standing together
Always there whatever the weather.
The River Thames flows gently by
Watch the sunset disappear from the sky.

Swimming, running in Olympic style
You need to catch your breath after a while.
Allotments for gardening, grow your own!
Healthy living at school and at home.

Multicultural and diverse place
Foods to be eaten from any place.
We live together as one.
Newham is so much fun!

 

Runner-up: Edward Black

Edwards Black

Trains, planes and the Olympic Games,
I love living in Newham.
Fountains, shops and not many raindrops,
What could be better?
Striking displays and good weather days,
What more could you ask for?
Great public transport and an international airport,
Everyone wants to visit.
Bike riding lanes and schools for hungry brains,
What awesome education.
Famous landmarks and memorable remarks,
Always something new to see.
Climbing trees and dirty knees,
This is the way to live.
The colour is pink with many transport links,
It’s easy to get to Newham.
Different cultures all living together,
What a well-managed borough.
Free music lessons and good progression,
This is the life of a child.
Wildlife in the parks and dogs with happy barks,
What a special place to be.
Jobs for all as long as you go to school,
Opportunities for everyone.
Police, fireman and doctors ready.
I love living in Newham because I feel safe.

 

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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