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Writeidea Programme Friday and Saturday

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.

For hearing impaired members of the audience, a number of our events will have live subtitles, also known as speech-to-text transcription (STT) provided by Stage Text www.stagetext.org These will be marked with the Stage text logo.

 

Friday 17 November

 
 
gentle author

The Gentle Author 7:00pm
East End Vernacular, Artists who Painted London's East End Streets in the 20th Century
The Gentle Author presents a magnificent selection of pictures - many never published before - revealing the evolution of painting  in the East End and tracing the changing character of the streets through the twentieth century.
Among the artists included are John Allin, Pearl Binder, James Boswell, Roland Collins, Alfred Daniels, Anthony Eyton, Doreen Fletcher, Geoffrey Fletcher, Barnett Freedman, Noel Gibson, Charles Ginner, Harry Harmer, Elwin Hawthorne, Rose Henriques, Dan Jones, Nathaniel Kornbluth, Leon Kossoff, Cyril Mann, Jock McFadyen, Ronald Morgan, Grace Oscroft, Henry Silk, Harold Steggles, Walter Steggles and Albert Turpin.

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Saturday 18 November

 
julian woodford

Julian Woodford 1:00pm
The Boss of Bethnal Green
Julian Woodford uncovers the breathtakingly appalling life of Joseph Merceron (1764–1839), gangster and corrupt magistrate, who accumulated enormous wealth while presiding over the creation of the poorest slums in Regency London.
Ruling Spitalfields and Bethnal Green from his base in Brick Lane for half a century, Merceron gave the East End a reputation for ruthlessness and corruption that has lingered ever since.

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monique roffey

Monique Roffey 1:00pm
The Tryst: Female Sexuality in the 21st Century
Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born writer. She will be discussing her erotic novel The Tryst, which was published in the summer of 2017. Her novel House of Ashes (2014) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award, as well as the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2015. Archipelago won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Orion Award 2014, and her 2010 novel The White Woman on the Green Bicycle was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Encore Award.

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bob crow biography

Gregor Gall 1:00pm
Bob Crow: Socialist, Leader, Fighter
Bob Crow was the most high-profile and militant union leader of his generation. The biography by Gregor Gall focuses on his leadership of the RMT, examining and exposing a number of popular myths created about him by political opponents. As RMT leader, Crow oversaw a rise in membership and promoted a more assertive and successful bargaining approach. While he failed to unite all socialists into one new party, he established himself as the leading popular critic of neo-liberalism, 'New' Labour and the age of austerity.

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helen babbs

Helen Babbs 1:00pm
Adrift: A Secret Life of London's Waterways
Helen Babbs is a celebrated writer, editor, and author. 
Adrift explores the people, politics, history and wildlife of London’s canals and rivers, journeying by boat from east to west over the course of a year and taking in the River Lea, Lee Navigation, Limehouse Cut, Regent’s Canal and Grand Union. Blending nature writing, social observation and memoir, it is an intimate and unusual portrait of London, and of life.
Homes & Gardens described it as "a compelling exploration of river living", Waterways World called it "one of the best waterways books for decades", and Caught by the River praised its "utterly captivating prose".

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Writeidea Prize: Short Story Awards 1:00pm
Join us for a double awards ceremony where the winners of our short story competitions will be announced.
The Writeidea 2017 Short Story Prize is a nation-wide competition aimed at writers who have never been published before.
The Writeidea ESOL Prize is a local short story prize for learners enrolled on Idea Store Learning ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses.

This event is not ticketed

   

City of Stories 2:30 - 4:00pm
Writing with Courttia Newland
City of Stories celebrates London’s writers and readers and takes place in twenty London boroughs. It invites you to pick up your pen and create new stories. All are welcome - whether you write stories already or are just starting. At the City of Stories, you are invited to take part in writing activities led by Courttia Newland. Afterwards, you are welcome to read from your work or listen to fellow local writers read. If you would like to read your creative writing, bring along up to 1 A4 side of writing with you and sign up to read at the event.
City of Stories is funded by Arts Council England and is managed in partnership by Association of London Chief Librarians and Spread the Word. Please note that the City of Stories is for adults.

This event is now fully booked.
However spaces may become available on the day if attendees fail to turn up. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

   

Clive Coward 2:30pm
Nigel Henderson’s Streets: Photographs of London’s East End 1949-1953
In 1947 Nigel Henderson, Coastal Command pilot and artist, moved to Chisenhale Road, Bow. Nine years later he left for Essex, having taken over 2,000 photographs of life in the East End. Now published in a beautiful hardback, this talk by its editor Clive Coward will bring to life Henderson’s journey from Bloomsbury to Bethnal Green, showcasing hundreds of images of East End street life after the second World War, while establishing Henderson as an important artist within the British art scene of the 1950s.

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simon savidge

Simon Savidge 2:30pm
Savidge Reads
Simon is from a long line of book lovers and started his blog Savidge Reads back in 2007 as an outlet to stop boring everyone he knew about books, and a book monster was born. He is the co-founder and Honorary Director of The Green Carnation Prize (for LGBT writing) now in association with Foyles. In 2013 he also became one of the judges on the inaugural panel of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and was the inaugural Guest Editor for Fiction Uncovered and was then one of the judges for Fiction Uncovered 2015. He is also one of the voices of The Readers Podcast. Last year he joined the bookish side of YouTube and you can find him on Booktube. He is currently judging the Costa Awards Debut Novel category and is a consultant for the publishing house Orion where he is helping create a series of books to find more diverse authors. He will be talking about all of the above and more! 

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Patrice Lawrence 2:30pm
Indigo Donut
Hackney-based author, Patrice Lawrence, writes for young adults about the people and places she knows. Whether it’s the number 38 bus, Holloway Road or the chicken shops or parks of east London, you’ll find her characters hanging out there. Patrice’s second novel, Indigo Donut, published in July 2017, is about the aftermath of family tragedy, Blondie, guitars and belonging. Come and hear her talk about finding an agent, getting published, writing about tough themes and the power of music. Questions most definitely welcomed!

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Gary Younge 2:30pm
Another Day in the Death of America
Every day, on average, seven kids and teens in America are killed by guns. Gary Younge talks about his new book, in which he picked a day and found the families of the children who had been shot dead as well as exploring the themes arising from these fatalities. 
Gary Younge is an author and broadcaster. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute.  After several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean, Gary was appointed The Guardian’s US correspondent in 2003, writing first from New York and then Chicago. In 2015 he returned to London where he is now The Guardian’s editor-at-large.

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Sabrina Mahfouz

Sabrina Mahfouz 4:00pm
Creative Writing Workshop
To celebrate the publication of The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, editor Sabrina Mahfouz will host a creative writing workshop for self-identifying women of Muslim heritage who are interested in writing in any form. 
No experience is necessary. You will have the opportunity to work on a piece of writing – either poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction – and will learn creative writing techniques. You will also try exercises to help you beat writer’s block and discuss readings around The Things I Would Tell You.
The workshops are open to self-identifying women of a Muslim heritage, who can be aspiring, emerging or professional writers. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

This event is now fully booked.
However spaces may become available on the day if attendees fail to turn up. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

   
imogen robertson

Imogen Robertson 4:00pm
Writing Historical Fiction
Imogen Robertson is a writer of historical fiction. Now based in London, she was born and brought up in Darlington and read Russian and German at Cambridge University. Before becoming a writer, Robertson directed for TV, film and radio. She is the author of several novels and was shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2011 and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2012. Her latest novel, The Paris Winter, was partially inspired by her paternal grandmother, a free-spirited traveller who set off through Europe with money sewn into her skirts.

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jerry white

Jerry White 4:00pm
Mansions of Misery: A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison
For Londoners of the 18th and 19th centuries, debt was a part of everyday life. But when your creditors lost their patience, you might be thrown into one of the capital’s most notorious jails – the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison. Jerry White introduces us to the Marshalsea’s unfortunate prisoners—rich and poor, men and women, spongers, fraudsters and innocents. Told through these extraordinary lives, Mansions of Misery gives us a fascinating cross-section of London life from the early 1700s to the 1840s. Jerry White is a Professor in Modern London History at Birkbeck and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of England.

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Sheila Rowbotham 4:00pm
The Dilemmas of Socialist new Women in the 1880s and 90s
Sheila Rowbotham describes how three young women, Helena Born, Miriam Daniell and Gertrude Dix, who feature in her latest book, Rebel Crossings, combined a search for personal sexual freedom with attempts to create an alternative to capitalism. Their stories span liberalism, socialism, anarchism, alternative forms of spirituality and the London Fabian Society.

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peabody

Christine Wagg 5:30pm
Peabody in the East End
In 1862 George Peabody, an American merchant banker and philanthropist, founded the Peabody Trust to "ameliorate the conditions of the poor and needy” of London. He gave his trustees a total of £500,000 to build affordable housing, and “Peabody Buildings” remain a feature of London to this day. As its in-house historian, Christine Wagg is responsible for dealing with enquiries from researchers about Peabody's properties and early records, and she is joint author of a newly-published history of the charity.

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nicholls-barter

Sally Nicholls and Catherine Barter 5:30pm
Trouble a Bright Girl Can Make
Join fantastic YA authors Sally Nicholls and Catherine Barter as they delve into politics, activism and relationships in their latest books. Sally Nicholls’ historical novel Things a Bright Girl Can Do follows three courageous young women fighting for the right to vote. As the First World War looms, how much are they willing to sacrifice? In Catherine Barter’s Troublemakers, fifteen year old Alena seeks to learn more about her past and her activist mother, against the backdrop of an increasingly fearful and bomb-threatened East End.

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stella duffy

Stella Duffy 5:30pm
A highly acclaimed novelist and theatremaker, Stella Duffy has twice won a prestigious Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for her short stories. Duffy has also won Stonewall Writer of the Year twice, has written 15 novels and written and devised 14 plays and over 60 short stories. A co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign for greater access to culture for all, she was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in 2016. Her latest novel, The Hidden Room, is a gripping psychological suspense novel.

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decharne

Max Décharné 5:30pm
Vulgar Tongues
Slang is the language of pop culture, it is the sound of street culture, underground movements and secret societies. Depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honour, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of polite society.
In conversation with Travis Elborough, Max Décharné, author of Vulgar Tongues, traces the many routes of slang, from the thieves and prostitutes of Elizabethan London to the present day, where the centuries-old terms rap and hip-hop still survive, though their meanings have changed.

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the roxy

Andrew Czezowski & Susan Carrington 5:30pm
The Roxy
In late 1976 punk exploded on to the music scene and in December of that year, Andrew Czezowski, Susan Carrington and Barry Jones organised three gigs at the Roxy. They financed the venture with borrowed money (Jones, a musician, pawned his guitar to stock the bars and hire sound equipment). The first show, on 14 December, was Generation X, a band Czezowski managed. The second on the following night was The Heartbreakers. The third, on 21 December, featured Siouxsie and the Banshees and Generation X. However, it was The Clash and The Heartbreakers that headlined the official gala opening on 1 January 1977, which was filmed by Julien Temple and finally screened on BBC Four on 1 January 2015 as The Clash: New Year’s Day 77. This is their story.

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The Things I Would Tell You  7:00pm
British Muslim Women Write
The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write dispels the narrow, clichéd notion of what a Muslim woman looks and sounds like. Here, British-Egyptian poet, playwright and screenwriter Sabrina Mahfouz selects the work of over 20 women writers of Muslim heritage, from established heavyweights such as Ahdaf Soueif, Leila Aboulela and Kamila Shamsie, to young emerging artists including Asma Elbadawi, Amina Jama and Nafeesa Hamid. Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle-Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo. From Algiers to Brighton, these stories transcend time and place revealing just how varied the search for belonging can be.
Join Sabrina and other contributors published in the book to discuss issues facing British Muslim Women in the UK today and for some spellbinding performances of their work.

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