Events for Adults

See all the events for adults at Newham Word Festival 2021. Attend free workshops, live performances, exhibitions and author events across the borough from 21 June to 4 July 2021.

Vaseem Khan and Kia Abdullah
Monday 21 June, 6.30pm

Crime fiction by British Asian writers and/or featuring British Asian characters is riding the crest of a wave. Join best-selling crime writers Vaseem Khan and Kia Abdullah as they discuss... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 21 June, 2-4pm

Bristol-based poet DL Williams is leading a free BSL Poetry Workshop on Monday 21 June from 2-4pm for Together! 2012 CIC as part of Newham Word Festival. The workshop is... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Tuesday 22 June, 6.30pm
Canning Town Library

Authors Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi and Kate Thompson in conversation about two of the East End’s most iconic and best loved firms.  During the 20th century, Tate & Lyle sugar... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 23 June, 7pm
Stratford East Picturehouse

Join The New Black Film Collective at Stratford East Picturehouse for a screening of MLK/FBI, followed by a Q&A with Brother Hakim from Black Starline. 1hr 46m (12A) Dir: Sam... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 23 June, Saturday 26 June, Tuesday 29 June
Stratford Library

A creative opportunity to respond to our changing environment in words and images. How do you see the near future? How do you feel about its legacy? What have we... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 23 June, 6.30pm.

Michael Rosen shares his experience of nearly dying, as he battled Covid-19, in a collection of poetry, emails from his wife Emma and moving letters from nurses from the intensive... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 25 June, 7pm

 A celebration of London’s emerging women writers.  A celebration of emerging talent and the voices of London-based women writers. Natasha Brown (Assembly), Abi Daré (The Girl with The Louding Voice), Catherine Menon (Fragile Monsters)... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 25 June, 7pm
Stratford Youth Zone

 A celebration of London’s emerging women writers.  A celebration of emerging talent and the voices of London-based women writers. Natasha Brown (Assembly), Abi Daré (The Girl with The Louding Voice), Catherine Menon (Fragile Monsters)... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Saturday 26 June, 2-3.45pm
Beckton Globe Library

Join the Newham Chinese Association for a fun afternoon of activities. 2-2.30pm: Storytelling – 12 animals of the Chinese New Year. 2.30-2.45pm: Red pocket gift time 3-3.45pm: Chinese calligraphy workshop FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, Various Times

Beyond is a collective walk around the perimeter of Newham. AiR invites walkers to bring words to share, written by themselves or others, that offer uplifting visions of our future. Find... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 8pm
Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre

Has Drag always been with us? Is it a new phenomenon? Where did yesterday’s others feel safe? And who doesn’t love a jolly good sing song?     Certain pubs in certain... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 27 June, 2pm

Join Mary Spyrou for a reading and workshop inspired by Kalila and Dimna, an ancient book of fables told through birds and animals. Enjoy a reading of Tanvir Hossain’s The Crow and his Friends, followed by a... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 27 June, 6-7pm

Celebrating Caribbean poetry, song and orality with John Agard and guests. Join us for performances featuring one of Britain’s foremost cross-cultural voices, John Agard, poet Michael Brome and special guests.... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 28 June, 7.00pm

Take a doodle journey inside Lucy’s mind in a new film by Act Up! Newham. Inspired by their work on Mind the Gap’s Creative Doodle book, Act Up! use drama and artwork to explore mental... FULL DETAILS +

Open Captioning Event
Nikita Gill
Tuesday 29 June, 6.30pm.

It’s no secret that poetry is a positive force for good. During this time of lockdown, more people have turned to poetry than ever. Poets have raised money for charity through... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 30 June, 6.30pm
East Ham Library

How one extraordinary guide dog changed my world Amit Patel was working as a trauma doctor when a rare condition caused him to lose his sight within thirty-six hours. Totally... FULL DETAILS +

Resist!
Thursday 1 July, 6.30pm.

At a time that feels unprecedented in British politics – with unlawful prorogations of parliament, casual race-baiting by senior politicians, and a climate crisis that continues to be ignored –... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 1 July, 7-8pm

Deaf and Disabled poets are invited to share their work online on Zoom at the Together! 2021 Pop-Up Poetry Café Open Mic Night. We welcome deaf and hard of hearing... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Thursday 1 July, 6-7.30pm
Stratford Library

Join Joy White for a talk about her highly acclaimed book Terraformed: Young Black Lives in the Inner City. A panel of Newham residents will share their thoughts on the book, followed... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 1 July, 7pm
Stratford East Picturehouse

Join The New Black Film Collective at Stratford East Picturehouse for a screening of Judas And The Black Messiah, followed by a Q&A with Charmaine Simpson from Black History Studies.... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 2 July, 7-8.30pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre

A spine-chilling evening of oral storytelling for grown-ups, combining traditional folk tales with original writing. Half seen creatures of the night are brought in and out of the shadows to... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 2 July, 6pm

All either hailing from or living in Newham, E6, The E6 Poetry Collective is made up of four Newham Council workers.  Formed out of a writing workshop as part of last year’s Newham Black... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 3 July & Sunday 4 July
Old Pavillion, Stratford Park

A full weekend of poetry and creative writing workshops with the Newham Poetry Group, using music and visual resources to create together a new imaginative language in Newham. Open mics will welcome our borough’s language diversity. Bring... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 3 July, 2pm

The traditional beliefs, customs and stories of a community are passed through the generations by word of mouth. During this difficult time when people have been unable to come together, will this culture survive or will these stories and... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 3 July, 7 - 10.30pm
RAW Labs

cut up my soul and keep it brings together creative responses to media circulation, online fandom and affect. Join Sonic Gaze for a performance evening and zine launch, featuring live readings... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 4 July, 1-3pm

Learn the language of creative coding with artist duo Yoke Collective. This workshop will teach you the basics of live-coding, using in browser platforms like livecodelab, gabber and estuary to... FULL DETAILS +

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