Join Penguin Pride celebrations at Proud Camden to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England.
Grab your discounted tickets to Penguin Pride at Proud Camden and stop by our pop-up bookshop on the night! We’ll be stocking a wide range of Penguin’s fantastic LGBT literature. Newham Bookshop mailing list members can enjoy half-price tickets, so come along and enjoy the fun.
The evening’s line-up will include live readings from Matthew Todd, author of Straight Jacket, and Paul Flynn, author of Good As You, spoken word performances from poets Toby Campion, Keith Jarrett and MC Angel as well as exclusive live music from Z-Star Delta and acoustic set from super-star headliner Kele Okereke of Bloc Party.
The night will also feature a topical panel discussion with Zee Gachette of Z-Star Delta, Rebecca Stinson, Head of Trans Inclusion, Stonewall UK, Matthew Todd and Paul Flynn. Trans activist and campaigner Fox Fisher joins as guest speaker and host of the main stage is Josh Rivers of Gay Times.
The publishing industry has rallied round to support Newham Bookshop’s charity drive for victims of the Grenfell Tower in London.
Owner of the east London store, Vivian Archer, said she was “absolutely overwhelmed” by the clamouring of support from publishers and authors to help victims of the fire in the 24-storey block in north Kensington on Wednesday [14 June] after she issued a fundraising appeal on Twitter. The major incident has led to the deaths of 17 people, with 17 more in critical care and many others missing.
She tweeted to her 7,700 followers at 7.30 am this morning [Thursday 15 June]: “At our event tonight @thewansteadtap we will raffle some great items to raise cash for the Grenfell Tower residents. Any publisher/author who would like to donate a signed book we will raffle tonight at our Mark Thomas event for Grenfell Tower residents.”
We’re delighted to welcome actors Julie Christie, Niall Buggy, David Calder, Andy de la Tour and Susan Wooldridge to The Wanstead Tap for an evening of readings of poetry and prose. We are sure you will enjoy this event which is being held to raise funds for the refugee charity Care4Calais. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the charity, which was founded by a group of UK volunteers and aims to deliver essential aid and support to refugees in Calais and other areas, and to encourage the wider public to be more welcoming towards refugees.
Crowds of fans battled their way through rain and snow to meet Nadiya Hussain at Newham Bookshop, where she signed copies of her debut novel The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters, and her other books. Click here for details of the book.
We are proud that Newham Bookshop is LoveReading’s Bookshop of the Month. The article features a Q&A with Vivian Archer, which you can read here.
We’ve been receiving dozens of book orders by email and phone, and sending them out by post. Our special cycling volunteers are helping with local deliveries in Newham, Wanstead and Leytonstone.
Apart from many orders from our local customers, we’ve been sending signed copies of Polly Samson’s new novel A Theatre for Dreamers to fans across Europe, the USA and Australia! Your local independent bookshop is going global.
Are you locked down with children in years 5 or 6? We have four lessons for classroom or family use developed from On the Record’s oral history project centered around Newham Bookshop, Writing and Reading Newham. Click here for full details.
Michael Rosen’s poem, These Are The Hands, features in a book of poems from the heart of the NHS, which has just been published.