Words Over Waltham Forest: Author events, poetry, walks and workshops

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October 25th to November 17th 2013


Author events, poetry, walks and workshops

Words Over Waltham Forest is packed with author events, poetry, workshops and walks. This newsletter provides a digest of these events. We have big names alongside local contributors who have put together a rather astounding programme for you to enjoy. Explore writing for yourself, perhaps in the style of a Viking! Find out about self publishing or how to perform your writing, play games, start a scrabble tournament or join one of the walks. Events will be happening all across the borough in libraries, pubs, streets, cafes, a launderette and also online. You may even encounter festival activities while out shopping.

Many events are free – but please do get booking to avoid disapointment!

In my next newsletter I'll let you know about some perhaps unexpected events for a literature festival - where other art forms respond to words through visual art, craft, dance, performance, sounds and music.

Everything starts Friday  25th October!
See the website for the full programme www.wordsoverwalthamforest.co.uk
Pick a copy up from participating venues and libraries or view it online here

26 Oct

Words Over Micropoetry Challenge
#WOW
The Official festival Micropoet @Herbieherb will be tweeting poems throughout the festival at #WOW. On 26 October he will compose poems based on words or themes people tweet to him throughout the day. If you would like a poem about a particular subject or to include a specific word just tweet it to him @herbieherb on the day.
9.30am -10.30am

Write Here, Write Now
Higham Hill Library
Ever wanted to give writing a go? This Waltham Forest themed workshop will inspire you, with creative exercises to get the ink flowing. Book your place today at www.writeherewritenow.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
11am-12.30pm

An Arctic Adventure
The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA
Take part in a collaborative creative writing event and help decide what happens next in a thrilling Arctic themed adventure. Greenpeace Waltham Forest will be at The Mill, writing a story about the Arctic, and they want you to decide what happens next. Pop in and contribute a paragraph, or even a whole chapter to help shape the story. You'll have the chance to hear about the real life threat to the Arctic, hug a polar bear and have a slice of delicious Arctic Roll. Open to all ages and abilities. For more information visit  www.greenpeace.org.uk/groups/walthamstow Free event - just turn up on the day
11am- 4pm

27 Oct

A Black Heritage Walk
Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH
Join Peter Ashan, educator to uncover the history of the black community in Waltham Forest during the transatlantic slave trade and the trade’s links with the area.

The walk starts at the Vestry House Museum and will finish on Walthamstow High St near Walthamstow Library. It is suitable for all ages.
Free event - just turn up on the day
2pm-3.30pm

28 Oct

In conversation with… Martina Cole
North Chingford Library
Join us for an evening of inspiration and insight into the world of top British author Martina Cole as we celebrate the release of her twentieth novel, ‘Revenge’. Since her writing debut in 1992, Martina has sold over 11 million copies of her books. Book your place today at www.martinacole.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
7pm-9pm

This Other London: Adventures in the overlooked city
Leytonstone Library
Author John Rogers recounts his travels around London including Leytonstone and Leyton. Alongside David Boote of the Leytonstone Historical Society, John will delve into overlooked stories beneath the tarmac of the city suburbs. Book your place today at www.thisotherlondon.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
7.30pm-9pm

30 Oct

Hegley, Wells and Beard
Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA
Forest Poets present: poetry and music with John Hegley, Tim Wells and Francesca Beard - a guaranteed Festival highlight - don't miss out! In assocation with The Poetry Society. Book your place today at http://hegley-efbevent.eventbrite.co.uk/
7.30pm-11.30pm

A Million Acts of Resistance

Sidmouth House
Leytonstone poet David Lyall will be reading from his most recent collection ‘A Million Acts of Resistance’ plus a selection of new poetry. Book your place today at www.amillionacts.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
5.30pm-7pm

Who Wants to Be a Poet?

Hale End Library
Adults! Develop your creative writing/poetry skills the fun way with professional comedy poet Neal Zetter, who will give writing tips, publishing advice and perform himself.
Book your place today at www.beapoet.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm-3.30pm

31 Oct

Empowering our Young Girls - a panel debate
Waltham Forest College, Forest Road E17 4JB
A panel debate with "Secrets of the Henna Girl" author, Sufiya Ahmed, and members of Waltham Forest Young Advisors and The Youth Independent Advisory Group. The panel will be chaired by Cllr Clare Coghill.
Female empowerment is about equality of opportunity for our daughters, sisters and friends. Sufiya Ahmed is author of "Secrets of the Henna Girl" a book for young adults which tells the story of a teenage girl who, like many a sixteen year old, dreams of finding true love, having fun and waiting for her dreaded exam results but whose future life choices are threatened by duty to protect her father's honour. Sufiya's fiction explores the complex issues of forced marriage and female equality through the telling of an individual's story. In 2010 Sufiya set up the BIBI Foundation, a non-profit organisation, to arrange visits to the Houses of Parliament for underprivileged school children. She believes passionately in opportunities for all - especially young girls. Sufiya will be joined by a panel to discuss some of the challenges young girls face in first daring to dream about life's choices and then fulfilling their potential - finding equality at home, at school and at work.
Free. Book your place today https://empoweringouryounggirls.eventbrite.co.uk
7pm - 8.30pm

2 Nov

An Audience with Carol Ann Duffy, with music by John Sampson.
Also introducing the first Young Poet Laureate for London. In association with The Poetry Society
We are delighted to welcome Carol Ann Duffy for an unforgettable evening of poetry and music.

During the evening performance, she will entertain us with a stimulating mix of new work and old favourites, accompanied by virtuoso musical magician, John Sampson who will perform on Crumhorn, Posthorn, Shalmie Pipe, Recorders and Chinese Halusi. Also introducing the first Young Poet Laureate for London

Book your place today at www.carolannduffywf.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
7pm-9pm

E17 Storywalk
Walthamstow Library
Six top writers. Six Walthamstow locations. One unique event…

The E17 Storywalk will be an exciting, utterly compelling and one-off experiment in immersive storytelling. Beginning at Walthamstow Library, ending at the William Morris Gallery, taking in both local landmarks and hidden gems, storywalkers will be treated to spoken word performances of six site-specific stories over the course of a two-hour ramble.

There will be two (identical) storywalks, one starting at 11am and starting 2pm. Meet in the lobby of Walthamstow Library. £5 voluntary donation, all proceeds going to the Lloyd Park Children’s Centre.
Please reserve your place on the Storywalk via Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.com). There is no cost to reserving a place, but a £5 voluntary donation to the Lloyd Park Children's Centre will be sought on the day. There will be max 20 places for each Storywalk. Email for further information if required.
11am-1pm
2pm-4pm

The Art of Writing: Global Love Letters
Hale End Library
Leaving anonymous love letters for strangers is becoming a global movement and its reached Waltham Forest! Listen to inspiring stories and write letters of your own.
Book your place today at www.loveletters1.eventbrite.co.uk or call or visit a library (020 8496 300)
1pm-4pm

Bumper Fun Day
The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA
A veritable compendium of wordy delights throughout the day. Learn how to make ‘cut ups’. Learn how to Haiku. Play ‘Cross words and Happy endings’, Scrabble, Upwords, Boggle, and use puzzle books galore! Plus possible sightings of Coppermill Poets, Forest Poets and the Walthamstow Scribe ! Just drop in during the day
10am-6pm

Launch of 'Joined Up Writing'
The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA
Join us for the launch (generously sponsored by Apex Arts) of this anthology of poems by local children and adults - with readings till 3.30/4pm. Come and listen to the poets and collect your FREE copy between 2pm and 6pm. Thereafter  - to buy at £5 each - so don’t miss your chance!
2pm

4 Nov

Getting Paper Published
Sidmouth House
An illustrated talk on ways to get your work into print, either through a conventional publisher or by various other means…Book your place today at www.gettingpaperpublished.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
7.30pm-9pm

6 Nov

Girls' Night In: Author Panel
Walthamstow Library
Join female author duet Helen Chandler and Jamie Baywood as they discuss the ideas behind their first novels and their individual journeys from stay-at-home mum and impulsive traveller to published authors. Book your place today at www.girlsnightinwf.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
7pm-9pm

Tales From Home (Seniors)
North Chingford Library
Join Mike the Talespinner to listen to stories from around the world reflecting the diversity of Waltham Forest’s community, and be ready to participate in the storytelling yourselves… Refreshments provided.
Book your place today at www.talesfromhome3.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2.30pm-4pm

7 Nov

Hanging words out to dry
Deep Clean, 18-20 Beulah Road E17 9LQ
This creative writing and reminiscence workshop will take place in one of Waltham Forest's few remaining launderettes, Deep Clean in Beulah Road. The first part of the workshop will explore memories of lives before domestic washing machines. This will be followed by guided writing exercises. Finally, participants will be invited to write their words on items of clothing to hang up for display. The workshop is for all levels of writers, and story spinners. No previous creative writing experience is needed. You may also want to bring your weekly wash to do as well.
Limited to 10 places. Unfortunately no under 16s
To book contact: Rochelle@mendham-writers.com
Free workshop
10am -12pm

Communal Epic Poem
Wood Street Library
Help create a communal epic poem with guidance from Coppermill Poets or participate online at:
www.mixedink.com/#/CoppermillPoets/EpicPoem . The final poem will be made into a book and poster.
Book your place today at www.epicpoem1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
4pm-6pm

8 Nov

Stranger Neighbour: Starting to Write in E17
William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP
Arvon in collaboration with the drawing shed. Join an intergenerational and culturally-diverse group of 16 Waltham Forest residents for three days of inspirational, playful writing workshops led and supported by writers Jacob Sam-La Rose and Nichola Charalambou, in collaboration with artists Bobby Lloyd and Sally Labern. Develop your own story, poem or idea; work individually and in a group; use pen and paper, Twitter and even old fashioned typewriters(!) as well as the extraordinary spaces of William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, and beyond in E17. No previous writing experience is necessary.
This is a 3 day workshop taking place from Friday to Sunday
Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-5pm
Open to residents of Waltham Forest. Limited Availability. £25 per person inclusive of meals. To express interest please email Suzie.jones@arvon.org with a short personal statement (no more than 500 words) describing your reasons for wanting to participate and explaining how you hope to gain from attending the three days of workshops.
10am-5pm

In conversation with… Dorothy Koomson. In association with Waterstones
Walthamstow Library
Converse with international bestselling author Dorothy Koomson and be amongst the first to discover the insights of her 9th and newest novel, The Flavours of Love, to be published on 7 November. Explore the ‘emotional thrillers and moral dilemmas’ of her compelling plots and see why she has sold over 1.5 million copies of her books in the UK alone, with translations in 30 languages.
Book your place today at www.dorothykoomson.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
7pm-9pm

9 Nov

Author event: Kate O'Hearn
Wood Street Library
Join Kate for stories of knights, monsters and even some rubber ducks, as she discusses the inspiration for her bestselling novels for children and young people, including her latest title 'Valkyrie'.
Book your place today at www.valkyrie1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
12.30pm-1.30pm

Author event: Kate O'Hearn
North Chingford Library
Join Kate for stories of knights, monsters and even some rubber ducks, as she discusses the inspiration for her bestselling novels for children and young people, including her latest title 'Valkyrie'.
Book your place today at www.valkyrie2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
3.30pm-4.30pm

How to Write Like a Viking Warrior
Wood Street Library
Whale-road, horse of the sea, mead of Odin…kennings are compact, surreal phrases peculiar to Viking and Anglo-Saxon verse. Come and join this creative writing and poetry workshop using kennings as an inspiration. Book your place today at www.vikingwarrior.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm-3.30pm

The Art of Writing: Global Love Letters
North Chingford Library
Leaving anonymous love letters for strangers is becoming a global movement and its reached Waltham Forest! Listen to inspiring stories and write letters of your own. Book your place today at www.loveletters2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
12pm-3pm

11 Nov

Going Underground: Writing Workshop
Leytonstone Library
Not quite a Journey to the Centre of the Earth but a journey beneath London suburbs. So ‘mind the gap’ and step on board…Book your place today at www.goingundergroundwf.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
9.30am-12.30pm

12 Nov

London Made Flesh: The City As A Character
Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA
Bestselling writers Ben Aaronovitch, Sarah Pinborough and Tom Pollock talk about London: the city as background and character; bringing the city to life in their novels, as part of a moderated panel in association with Jo Fletcher Books. Free entry, but please book tickets in advance via
www.londonmadeflesh.eventbrite.co.uk  
7.30pm-8.30pm

14 Nov

Hanging words out to dry
Deep Clean, 18-20 Beulah Road E17 9LQ
This creative writing and reminiscence workshop will take place in one of Waltham Forest's few remaining launderettes, Deep Clean in Beulah Road. The first part of the workshop will explore memories of lives before domestic washing machines. This will be followed by guided writing exercises. Finally, participants will be invited to write their words on items of clothing to hang up for display. The workshop is for all levels of writers, and story spinners. No previous creative writing experience is needed. You may also want to bring your weekly wash to do as well.
Limited to 10 places. Unfortunately no under 16s
To book contact: Rochelle@mendham-writers.com
Free workshop
10am -12pm

16 Nov

Witnesses to History: A Century of Waltham Forest Memories
The Community Room, Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, E17 9NH

From 1983, Waltham Forest Oral History Workshop has been talking to people about their lives and recording their testimony. Today, there are more than 600 recordings in its archive in Vestry House Museum.

WFOHW will be introducing some of these stories at 3pm, 3.30pm and 4pm. You can also record your own memories. At the same time, the Archives and Local Studies Library and the photograph room will be open, with staff available to answer your questions.

Please note: the museum’s ground floor and Community Room are wheelchair accessible, but not the Archives Search room on the first floor.
Free entry - just turn up on the day
3pm-4.30pm

Self Publishing to Success
Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH
How to self-publish your ebook: from editing and cover design to uploading onto online bookstores. Plus how to market your book and use social media. Book your place today at www.selfpublishtoday.eventbrite.co.uk or call or visit a library (020 8496 300)
Step-free access
11am-1pm

The Art of Writing: Global Love Letters

Walthamstow Library
Leaving anonymous love letters for strangers is becoming a global movement and its reached Waltham Forest! Listen to inspiring stories and write letters of your own.
Book your place today at www.loveletters3.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
11.30am-2.30pm

17 Nov

Communal Epic Poem
Walthamstow Library
Help create a communal epic poem with guidance from Coppermill Poets or participate online at: www.mixedink.com/#/CoppermillPoets/EpicPoem . The final poem will be made into a book and poster. Book your place today at www.epicpoem2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
1.30pm-3.30pm

Poetry
The Great Hall - Old Council Chambers, Adelaide Road, Leyton E10 5NN
Culture, tradition and life in the UK through the eyes of Urdu and Punjabi poets from across Waltham Forest. Poems will be read and sung. Book your place today at www.poetrywithpak.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
3pm-6pm

Throughout the Festival

O My Word
The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HA
Drop in for 3 weeks of assorted word games, puzzles and writing prompts.
Rediscover the joys of playing games - be sociable and competitive, or solitary and contemplative.
Use our Honesty Library. Challenge your neighbour to a Scrabble contest. Settle down with a crossword and a cuppa’. Scrap paper and pens for would be novelists. Buy a spoonful of words and make a mini masterpiece of poetry or prose, postcards and glue sticks provided. Send the kids in to play Boggle.
26 Oct-17 Nov
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