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Wednesday 11 March at 7.30 pm at The Wanstead Tap

Rachel Reeves Sophie Walker Lyn Brown

Rachel Reeves MP
and Sophie Walker
Westminster and Rebellion!

Event sold out!
Regional Winner

Tariq Ali and Vanessa Redgrave protesting against Vietnam war 1968
Tariq Ali and Vanessa Redgrave protesting against the Vietnam war at Grosvenor Square, 1968. Photograph © John Walmsley, who took a number of other photos that day and photographed the sit-in at Guildford School of Art.
Oliver Tambo addressing an anti-Apartheit protest in Trafalgar Square, 1968
Oliver Tambo addressing an anti-apartheit protest in Trafalgar Square, 1968

Thursday 1 November at 7.30 pm
at Conway Hall
Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

1968 was a year of political upheaval and rebellion but those times were also important in culture and education – and not just in rock music! The worlds of theatre, poetry, journalism, film and TV produced radical new work while on campuses and in schools, thousands of students and teachers called for fundamental changes in the structure and content of education.

This event celebrates those times and asks, what is the legacy?

Hosted by Michael Rosen, 68-er, poet, biographer, and education campaigner.

Taking part:

• Tariq Ali, activist, founder of Black Dwarf and Red Mole radical newspapers of the time, novelist, and founder of Tariq Ali TV

• Melissa Benn, author and campaigner for comprehensive education

• Ken Loach, film-maker, whose works include the critically acclaimed films Poor Cow (1967), Kes (1969) and I, Daniel Blake (2016); and

• Lynne Segal, Anniversary Professor of Psychology & Gender Studies at Birkbeck, University of London

Michael Rosen taking part in a demonstration in 1968
Michael Rosen taking part
in a demonstration in 1968
Protest against UK support for USA in Vietnam 1968
Protest against UK support for
the USA in the Vietnam war, 1968
Civil rights march in Derry 1968
Civil rights march in Derry, 1968

Forthcoming events


Wednesday 11 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Rachel Reeves MP and Sophie Walker discuss Westminster and rebellion.
Hosted by Lyn Brown MP
Event sold out!

Thursday 19 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Billy Bragg
The Three Dimensions of Freedom
Event sold out!

Wednesday 13 May at 7 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Satanic Rites of Robin Ince

Past events and news


Julian Earl
Cows in Trees

Book signing with Kate Thompson
Secrets of the Homefront Girls
with East End legend Stan Moore
playing the spoons
Prosecco and cake

Daniel Sonabend
We Fight Fascists
The 43 Group and Their Forgotten
Battle for Post War Britain

In conversation with Michael Rosen

Raymond Antrobus,
Salena Godden
& Nikita Gill

John Crace
Decline and Fail
Read in Case of Political Apocalypse

Suresh Singh
A Modest Living
Memoirs Of A Cockney Sikh

An Evening with
Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
Part of Redbridge Fabula Festival 2019

Eleanor Crow
Shopfronts of London
In conversation with Krissie Nicolson

Lucy O’Brien
Janette Mason and David McAlmont
Dusty in Words and Music

Carl Cattermole
Prison: A Survival Guide
In conversation with Deborah Coles

Jenni Murray
A History of the World
in 21 Women

Daniel Rachel
Don’t Look Back In Anger
In conversation with Paolo Hewitt

Esther Rutter
This Golden Fleece
A Journey Through
Britain’s Knitted History

Book Benefit for the
homeless in Newham

Launch party for
Luan Goldie
Nightingale Point

Ronnie le Drew
Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi
Zippy and Me

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints
in conversation with Asad Rehman

Pete Brown
Pie Fidelity
In Defence of British Food

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the Insect Population
with Andrew McMillan, Matthew Hollis, Imtiaz Dharker, Zaffar Kunial,
Mark Pajak, Hannah Sullivan,
Sean Borodale, Ella Duffy
and Yvonne Reddick

David Hepworth
A Fabulous Creation
How the LP Saved Our Lives

5x15 on The Future of Education
with David Kynaston, Priya Lakhani, Alex Beard, Owen Jones,
Melissa Benn and Kate Clanchy

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit
in conversation with Martin Rowson

Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

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Michael Rosen
with Danny Braverman

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Newham Word Festival logo
Suresh Singh
with Stef Dickers

Newham Word Festival logo
Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

Newham Word Festival logo
Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

Newham Word Festival logo
Regeneration Songs

Newham Word Festival logo
Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

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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