John Hegley was a member of Soapbox Theatre in Newham in the early eighties and has retained links with the place and people of Wanstead Flatland. He is delighted to share poems and songs from his vegetable books, for anyone over seven years old, or six if wearing spectacles.
Ben Aaronovitch was born and raised in London, and his love for the city is reflected in his novels, which include Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho, Whispers Under Ground, Broken Homes, and The Furthest Station.
For eighteenth and nineteenth century Londoners, debt was part of everyday life. But when your creditors lost their patience, you might be thrown into one of London’s most notorious jails, the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison. Jerry White investigates some of Marshalsea’s most fascinating prisoners.
John Crace is the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer and author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. His latest book, I, Maybot, is a satirical look at Theresa May’s first year as prime minister. This is devastatingly funny political satire, for fans of Private Eye and Have I Got News for You.
Journalists and West Ham fans Pete May and Brian Williams invite you to celebrate – and lament – the team’s final season at the Boleyn Ground and move to The London Stadium, as explored in their books Home from Home and Goodbye to Boleyn.
During the Blitz and the years of rationing, the Sugar Girls kept Britain sweet. Explore the uproarious local history of the Tate and Lyle factory, as told by authors of the Sunday Times bestseller Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi, and some of the Sugar Girls themselves.
Andy Hamilton is one of Britain’s best-loved comedy performers and writers. He will be discussing his new book The Star Witness, a story of one man’s descent into disgrace and his journey to rejoin the human race. This pin-sharp satire will keep you laughing, cringing and guessing until the very end.