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Thursday 14 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Paradise Street
The lost art of playing outside

Nostalgic photographs that celebrate the lost freedom of children playing on the streets

Paradise Street
Paradise Street is published in hardback by Hoxton Mini Press at £16.95 on 21 February.
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Dog Show 1961-1978

Dog Show 1961-1978
Dog Show 1961-1978 is published in hardback by Hoxton Mini Press at £14.95.
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Historian and author Lucinda Gosling discusses the work of photographer Shirley Baker.

Lucinda Gosling

Lucinda Gosling
discusses Shirley Baker
and Vintage Britain

Half a century ago, ‘playing out’ was expected of British kids who came together, in all weathers, to run, jump, skip, swing, kick, fight and climb – usually unsupervised. With growing fears over children’s vulnerability in modern society much of this has been lost.

Paradise Street brings together the work of seven photographers including Shirley Baker, Martin O’Neill and Paul Kaye, most who lived and worked among the people they photographed. Spanning the early 30s to the late 1970s, these black-and-white images are a celebration of community, trust and friendship, showing attitudes towards children’s safety have shifted over the 20th century.

When Shirley Baker began taking photographs at dog shows in the 1960s the hairdos of the owners were more impressive than those of their groomed canines. Not only a fascinating portrait of the phenomenon, Dog Show also captures the tender, amusing and at times obsessive relationship between humans and their dogs.

Shirley Baker (1932–2014) was a British social documentary photographer known for her street photographs of working-class areas of Manchester taken in the 1960s and 70s. Her acute observation and artistic eye can be seen throughout her work, which has been exhibited in the UK and around the world.

Lucinda Gosling is head of sales and research at Mary Evans Picture Library and has worked in the picture library industry since 1993. Her main areas of historical interest are 20th century – the First World War, illustration, royalty and women’s history. She has authored ten books inspired by content in the archive at Mary Evans, regularly writes magazine articles, gives lectures and appears on the radio.

● These books are part of the Vintage Britain series published by Hoxton Mini Press, in collaboration with Mary Evans Picture Library.

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Interested in learning more about Newham Bookshop and some of the people connected with it? 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.

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Newham Bookshop is LoveReading’s
Bookshop of the Month

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.

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