Idea Store - Writeidea Programme Sunday

Writeidea Programme Sunday

All the events are FREE. You can just come along on the day, but some events will be very popular, so to guarantee entry please book your free place.

Some events will be interpreted for hearing impaired members of the audience, please check back for further details in early November.

Sunday 19 November

 
Umi-Sinha - photo: David-Stoughton

Umi Sinha 1:00pm
Belonging
Umi Sinha presents her latest book Belonging.
Lila Langdon is twelve years old when she witnesses a family tragedy after her mother unveils her father’s surprise birthday present – a tragedy that ends her childhood in India and precipitates a new life in Sussex with her great-aunt Wilhelmina. From the darkest days of the British Raj through to the aftermath of the First World War, Belonging tells the interwoven story of three generations and their struggles to understand and free themselves from a troubled history steeped in colonial violence. It is a novel of secrets that unwind through Lila’s story, through her grandmother’s letters home from India and the diaries kept by her father, Henry, as he puzzles over the enigma of his birth and his stormy marriage to the mysterious Rebecca.

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gillian tindall

Gillian Tindall 1:00pm
The Tunnel Through Time: a new route for an old London journey
Crossrail, London’s new train line which will open in 2018, is simply the latest way of traversing a very old east-west route through what was once countryside to the old City heart and out again. Gillian Tindall traces the course of some these historic journeys along roads which, however altered in appearance, still follow the same patterns. Archaeology uncovers actual remains and Gillian Tindall brings vanished lives to light.

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rosie wilby

Rosie Wilby 1:00pm
Is Monogamy Dead?
Award-winning comedian, broadcaster and writer Rosie Wilby presents readings and unexpected discoveries from her nonfiction debut Is Monogamy Dead? What actually constitutes a ‘relationship’ and what counts as ‘cheating’ on a partner?
Rosie has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Summer Nights, Four Thought, Midweek, The Human Zoo and Woman’s Hour and at festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Larmer Tree and Latitude. She was a finalist at Funny Women 2006 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007 and she’s been touring award-winning solo shows and steadily building a word-of-mouth army of fans ever since.
Rosie’s writing has been published in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman and more. Is Monogamy Dead? follows her TEDx talk of the same name. She co-hosts Radio Diva on Resonance FM.

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dave randall

Dave Randall 1:00pm
Sound System: The Political Power of Music
Dave Randall played guitar for Faithless, Sinead O’Connor and many others. He will give an illustrated talk about his new book Sound System: The Political Power of Music. A book of raves, riots and revolution, it looks at examples from Beethoven to Beyoncé and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few? Mark Radcliffe of BBC2/6 Music called the book: “A deeply intelligent look at music and society. Thought provoking, readable and clever.”

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Steve Tongue 1:00pm
Turf Wars
Born in Walthamstow and brought up at Leyton Orient, Steve Tongue watched his first London match in 1957 and has followed football in the capital ever since. He was the founder of Foul magazine, the first football fanzine and as the football correspondent of LBC Radio and The Independent on Sunday among others, he covered nine World Cups and nine European Championships, plus two Olympic Games.
Steve will be talking about his 45 years as a London-based sports journalist specialising in football (although he has also covered Test cricket, Wimbledon and several obscure Olympic sports) and then taking questions.
His book Turf Wars, which has attracted many five-star reviews, and was reprinted within three months of going on sale, is the first comprehensive history of all the London clubs, past and present, from The Wanderers and Old Carthusians to West Ham and AFC Wimbledon.

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voices from the jungle

Voices from the Jungle 1:00pm
Stories from the Calais Refugee Camp

Dr Aura Lounasmaa, UEL programme leader for refugees and co-editor of Voices from the Jungle, will lead us through the journey of the book, how the project was started, how the team worked with refugees in Calais and the stories they told through photos and the written word.

There will also be a short film made by two of the Calais refugees called The Bridge where we hear the hopes, dreams and tales of those involved in the hopeful journey to Britain. 

There is also an exhibition of photos at Stratford Library in Newham thoughout November.

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Tim Sanders 2:30pm
1917: Russia's Red Year
Tim Sanders is cartoonist and illustrator of long standing, having worked for many publications both in the UK and abroad, including many years as the pocket cartoonist for the Independent and the Independent on Sunday. He has also worked for The Guardian, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday magazine, The Daily Telegraph. Private Eye and Prospect to name just a few.
He has recently exhibited a series of drawings based on his experiences traveling in Palestine at the Four Corners Gallery in Bethnal Green.
1917: Russia’s Red Year is his first graphic novel produced in collaboration with historian John Newsinger. This year he also published his first children’s book.
There will be an exhibition of Tim’s cartoons from the book at Idea Store Watney Market from October until end of December during opening hours.

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emily morris

Emily Morris 2:30pm
My Shitty Twenties
When Emily Morris was a 22-year-old student, she found out she was pregnant. The father of her baby told her to ‘enjoy your impending shitty, snotty, vomitty twenties’ and then disappeared. In her memoir, Morris shares the loneliness, alienation and adventure she experienced finding her way as a single parent. My Shitty Twenties started life as an award-winning and immensely popular blog. Moving, thoughtful, funny and wise, it is now a book that is heartbreaking, uplifting and an inspiration to any parent who has no idea what they are doing.

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Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen Okojie 2:30pm
Boldness in Fiction
Award-winning author Irenosen Okojie talks to Joy Francis about her inventive, boundary-pushing short story collection, Speak Gigantular, her collection of dark modern fables which shocks, unsettles and disturbs. Okojie won a Betty Trask Award for her debut novel, Butterfly Fish and Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and has been longlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award.

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bards without borders

Bards Without Borders 2:30pm
Patriotism in Modern Times 
Poets Edin Suljic and Laila Sumpton, from Bards Without Borders, and a cellist Midori Jaeger present a performance on Patriotism in Modern Britain. What would make you proud of a new life in another land? Or this life in this land? Would you put yourself in a service for your country as a flag maker or an anthem writer? They will be exploring memories, global events and the surreal tales about stranded turtles and tango with a raincoat.
Bards Without Borders is a collective of poets and performers from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

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Mile End Community Project 4:00pm
Film: My Great Journey
My Great Journey is a short film that explores Muslim migration to the UK and East End, narrating and sharing the real stories of migration from migrants themselves, allowing viewers to learn the facts and understand the complexities of these often difficult journeys.

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alan dein

Alan Dein 4:00pm
The Petticoat Lane Foxtrot
Alan Dein presents the story of his search to recover the lost sounds of Cockney Jewish-themed jazz recorded in London between the 1920s and the 1950s. Join him for this fascinating talk and listen to long lost classics from a bygone era.
Alan Dein is an oral historian and radio broadcaster, mainly for BBC Radio 4. He's received major radio awards, including the Prix Italia, the Prix Europa, the Sony Radio Academy and US Third Coast.

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Roger Huddle 4:00pm
Reminiscences of Rocking Against Racism 1976 - 1982
Rock Against Racism (RAR) came into existence in the autumn of 1976 in response to a rise in racist attacks and the continuing growth of the National Front (NF). In August, a racist tirade by blues guitarist Eric Clapton from the stage in Birmingham led to a letter, jointly signed by the compilers of this book, to the music press, critical of Clapton’s racism and asking for readers to support an anti-racist campaign through music. The response was overwhelming and a movement was born. For the next six years RAR was at the centre of a cultural movement against racism and the NF. From 1978 it was partnered with both the Anti-Nazi League and School Kids Against the Nazis. Together they contributed to the demise in support of the NF and continued the fight against racism with RAR’s Militant Entertainment Tour, and, in 1981, the fourth and final Carnival in Leeds.

This book brings together the reminiscences of activists and supporters during the period. From many backgrounds and ages, musician and audience, punk and Rasta, street fighter and pogo dancer, united with a single aim – to Rock Against Racism.

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nikesh

Nikesh Shukla 4:00pm
The Good Immigrant
Nikesh Shukla is the editor of Rife Magazine, an online magazine for young people, and author of the novels Coconut Unlimited, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and Meatspace. He is the editor of the acclaimed collection of essays about race and immigration by 21 writers of colour, The Good Immigrant, for which he was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and won the readers’ choice category at the Books Are My Bad Awards. He will be talking about The Good Immigrant and how it came about.

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ed mcdonald

Tom Lloyd and Ed McDonald 4:00pm
Fantasy Panel
Join two epic fantasy writers as they discuss their latest books and talk magic, mercenaries and world building.
Tom Lloyd is the best-selling author of the Twilight Reign series. His latest work Princess of Blood, continues the adventures of Lynx, the mercenary with a sense of humour, which began in Stranger of Tempest. Blackwing is Ed McDonald’s debut novel. Set in a world scarred by war and old magic, Ryhalt Galharrow embarks on a dangerous and world changing mission when the raven tattoo on his arm rips itself off his skin to deliver a message.

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from me to you

From Me to You 5:30pm
In our digital world, can a hand-written letter change a life?
For someone feeling isolated through illness, a letter from a loved one can be the connection back to the real world that they need.
From Me to You encourages you to go retro and put pen to paper for either a friend or a stranger.
Alison and Brian’s own inspiring story will surprise and delight you - letters really did change a life.

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smith and mcauley

Paul McAuley and Gavin Smith 5:30pm
Sci-Fi Panel
Paul McAuley is an award- winning writer whose latest book Austral is set in a future where climate change has driven humankind to adapt themselves, as well as their environment, on the Antarctic Peninsula. Gavin Smith is a writer of hard-edged, action packed sci-fi novels. In his latest book, The Bastard Legion, a prison ship is itself stolen, and the shared virtual reality environment is hacked to transform the inmates into a deadly, private army. Join Gavin and Paul to discuss the future on Earth and in space as they talk about their writing, inspirations and all things science-fiction.

 

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clare

Clare Muireann Murphy 5:30pm
The King of Lies
In this one-hour solo storytelling performance, Clare Muireann Murphy blends reportage and folklore to tell a story about the power of lying. A king pits his wits against a fool, a lying competition lures in storytellers from around the world, and one poor hungry man tells enough lies in the hopes of saving his skin and that of his people. The King of Lies is an adaptation of the novel Damascus Nights by exiled Syrian writer Rafik Schami.
With over ten years of experience in her field, Clare Muireann Murphy is one of the country’s most acclaimed professional storytellers. Her stages include The Globe, The Barbican, the National Theatre, Soho Theatre as well as universities and venues in Brazil, Ireland, Belgium, Canada and the US.
This show is brought to you by Filotico Arts, a cultural organisation and production company promoting the arts through events, festivals, partnership, artistic support and training opportunities. http://filoticoarts.com/

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mike heron

Mike Heron 5:30pm
Tuning into the 1960s
Mike Heron, founder member of The Incredible String Band, writes vividly of his formative years in dour, Presbyterian Edinburgh. Armed with a love of Buddy Holly, Fats Domino and Hungarian folk music, he plays in school cloakrooms, discovers the joy of a folk audience, starts writing songs, tries to talk to girls and wishes he was a Beatnik, all while training as a reluctant accountant. When asked to join Robin Williamson and Clive Palmer, The Incredible String Band are formed - and their wildly innovative, astounding music became indelibly linked with the late 60s.

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don't panic i'm islamic

Don't Panic, I'm Islamic 7:00pm
How can you tell if your neighbour is speaking Muslim? Is a mosque a kind of hedgehog? Can I get fries with that burka? You can’t trust the media any longer, but there’s no need to fret: this comedy extravaganza will attempt to answer all your questions. Join critically acclaimed, prize-winning comedians Omar Hamdi, Esther Manito and Amrou Al-Kadhi for some stand-up comedy. All included in Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic, which was published by Saqi Books this summer in response to President Trump’s ‘Muslim ban,’ they will later be joined by journalist, author and broadcaster Bidisha for a lively look at what the arts and comedy can do to combat stereotypes and regressive identity politics. 

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