What's On

Newham Word Festival is truly a borough wide celebration, with events taking place at more than 20 venues. Find out what’s on near you and get out to support your local libraries and arts centres.

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The Hate U Give Movie Banner
Monday 25 February, 8.30pm
Stratford East Picturehouse

THE HATE U GIVE 2hr 13m 2018 (12A) Stratford East Picturehouse 25.02.19 | 8.30pm The Hate U Give is a young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It follows events in... FULL DETAILS +

Elmers
Monday 25 February, 11am
North Woolwich Library

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Sana Amos Artwork
Canning Town Library

Rosetta Arts will be launching an exhibition by a local artist Sana Amos as part of the Newham Word Festival. Inspired by the work of Austin Kleon, Sana uses pages... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 26 February, 10.30am
Stratford Circus Arts Centre

Stratford Arts Social is Stratford Circus Arts Centre’s arts club for members of our community aged 65+. This February, as part of Newham Word Festival, we’re joined by Take Stock... FULL DETAILS +

Elmers
Tuesday 26 February, 9.30am
Britannia Village Hall

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Asian Noir Panel
Tuesday 26 February, 7pm
Forest Gate Library

Crime fiction featuring Asian characters is on the rise, so much so that The Guardian called 2018 “a bumper year for British Asian noir”. Vaseem Khan, Abir Mukherjee, Vicky Newham... FULL DETAILS +

Elmers
Tuesday 26 February, 11am
Stratford Library

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 26 February, 10.30am
Canning Town Library

Year 7-8, bookable by school groups only. Catherine Wilkins is a writer and comedian. She writes jokes and stories which she performs around the country to strangers in the dark, trying to... FULL DETAILS +

David Litchfield The Bear and the Piano Book Cover
Tuesday 26 February, 1.30pm
Forest Gate Library

Year 1-2, bookable by school groups only. David Litchfield will take us through a range of his titles including the big-hearted sequel The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and The Fiddle... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 27 February, 7pm
East Ham Library

Local author Derek Smith talks us through crime fiction and discusses his brilliant crime series Jack of All Trades. He has 9 titles under pen name DH Smith which feature Jack,... FULL DETAILS +

Rgeneration Songs Panel
Wednesday 27 February, 7pm
Stratford Library

Alberto Duman, Dan Hancox, Malcolm James and Anna Minton, the editors of Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss from East London (Repeater Books, 2018) will discuss their new book,... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 27 February, 1.30pm
Beckton Globe Library

Year 1-2, bookable by school groups only. Show off your best dance moves and coolest rhymes with the awesome Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyuz as they tell you all... FULL DETAILS +

Yardie movie poster
Thursday 28 February, 8.30pm
Stratford East Picturehouse

YARDIE 1hr 41m 2018 (15) Stratford East Picturehouse 28.02.19 | 8.30pm Yardie is a crime drama directed by Idris Elba based on the novel by Victor Headley. While growing up... FULL DETAILS +

Melanie McGrath and Kate Thompson
Thursday 28 February, 7pm
Plaistow Library

Join award-winning journalist, ghost-writer and novelist, Kate Thompson who will be in conversation with Melanie McGrath, critically acclaimed author of Silvertown, Hopping. They’ll be talking about all things East End, Pie... FULL DETAILS +

Open Captioning Event
Elmers
Thursday 28 February, 10am
East Ham Library

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Elmers
Thursday 28 February, 1pm
Plaistow Library

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 28 February, 10.30am
Manor Park Library

Year 3-6, bookable by school groups only. Explore Guy Bass’s Aiden Abet Teacher’s Pet, Noah Scape Can’t Stop Repeating Himself, Laura Norder Sheriff of Butt’s Canyon with both the author and... FULL DETAILS +

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Thursday 28 February, 6.15pm
Canning Town Library

Join Ingeenium’s Rathbone Writers for an evening of writing with Peter Raynard from Proletarian Poetry. The workshop, which will be themed around all things books, libraries, culture and community, and... FULL DETAILS +

Elmers
Friday 1 March, 9.30am
The Well Community Centre

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Elmers
Friday 1 March, 1.45pm
Green Street Library

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Performer Alia Alzougbi on stage
Friday 1 March, 10.30am
Green Street Library

Year 3-6, bookable by school groups only. Come and experience the ancient storytelling practice of pardekhani with our wonderful storyteller Alia Alzougbi and discover the epic tales of Rumi, a... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 1 March, 1.30pm
Plaistow Library

Year 7-9, bookable by school groups only. Alex Wheatle is the best selling author of several books including the modern classic Brixton Rock. His recent book Kerb-Stain Boys: The Crongton... FULL DETAILS +

Femzine London presents Drink & Draw
Friday 1 March, 6.30pm
RAW Labs

FEM Zine is a zine, a publishing house, event space, and online platform which promotes greater diversity in media and platforms emerging and under represented artists. Our Drink & Draw... FULL DETAILS +

The Body Utters Itself
Saturday 2 March, 7pm
RAW Labs

Bodies are categorised and identities assumed. However, the voice and body maintain undeniable powers of self-determination. Sonic Gaze brings together artists who use spoken word and performance to explore queerness... FULL DETAILS +

Every Child a Musician Music and Storytelling Workshop
Saturday 2 March, 2pm
Grassroots Community Centre

Join Every Child A Musician for a music and literacy session to develop your English skills in a fun and creative way. Together we will read a book and create... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 2 March, 11am
Discover Children’s Story Centre

Join author Emily Hughes, illustrator of Charlie & Mouse and Everything You Need for a Treehouse, for an exciting introduction to illustration workshop, for ages 3-5. FULL DETAILS +

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Saturday 2 March, 10.30am
Manor Park Library

A creative workshop exploring the language and imagery associated with age and ageing by Salmagundi Films. We invite YOU to challenge the stereotypes. Learn how to produce a digital self-portrait... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 2 March 10am, 12pm, 2pm
Bowling Club

Join Newham Poetry House for four days of brilliant poetry sessions including readings, performances, open mics, workshops and much, much more! Saturday 2nd March 10-11.30am: Poetry Breakfast led by Brian... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 2 March, 2pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre

Olobob Top is a magical world that is made up of lots of shapes, colours and patterns. This event will be a celebration of all things Olobob. There will be... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 2 March, 11am, 12.30pm, 3pm
East Ham Library

The Newham Comic Factory is the home of graphic storytelling. We want to share everything we know so that you can make your own comics! Event and workshops, organised by... FULL DETAILS +

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Sunday 3 March, 10.30am
Applecart Arts

Inspired by words, explore your imagination and transform ideas into an oversized and magical world in black and white in this visual arts workshop. Develop your making skills and create... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 3 March, 10am, 12pm, 2pm
Bowling Club

Join Newham Poetry House for four days of brilliant poetry sessions including readings, performances, open mics, workshops and much, much more! Sunday 3rd March 10-11.30am: Workshop “Poetry In Action” by... FULL DETAILS +

Hollywood v Bollywood
Monday 4 March, 7pm
Manor Park Library

Is Bollywood now bigger than Hollywood? Author Vaseem Khan discusses the hidden history of Indian cinema, how it showcases a changing country, and how it increasingly mirrors Hollywood. Includes a... FULL DETAILS +

Sana Amos Artwork
Monday 4 March, 11am
Canning Town Library

Join us for a creative printmaking workshop. Inspired by Sana Amos’ artwork participants will create their own visual ‘Blackout Poetry’ using pre-existing images and words to create a series of prints.... FULL DETAILS +

Elmers
Monday 4 March, 10.30am
Custom House Library

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 4 March, 2pm

In-school visit opportunity. Year 7-9, bookable by school groups only. Join author Nikesh Shukla as he discusses his new novel, Run Riot, a powerful conspiracy thriller about young people standing up for themselves... FULL DETAILS +

Claude - Best in Show Book Cover
Monday 4 March, 1.30pm
Stratford Library

Years 2-5, bookable by school groups only. Come along and meet the author and illustrator Alex T. Smith as he introduces the much-loved character of Claude and gives a behind-the-scenes... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 4 March, 7pm
Canning Town Library

Duncan Barrett is the internationally bestselling author of The Sugar Girls, GI Brides and The Girls Who Went to War. For his new book, he interviewed more than a hundred... FULL DETAILS +

Open Captioning Event
Tuesday 5 March, 7pm
East Ham Library

Join Suresh Singh as he tells the candid and surprising story of his father Joginder Singh who came to Spitalfields in 1949. Sacrificing a life in the Punjab to work... FULL DETAILS +

Open Captioning Event
Elmers
Tuesday 5 March, 10.30am
Forest Gate Library

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

The Edge Chronicles Book Cover
Tuesday 5 March, 1.30pm
Stratford East Picturehouse

Year 5-6, bookable by school groups only. 2019 will see The Edge Chronicles saga draw to an epic conclusion with the publication of The Descenders. Hear how Paul and Chris... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 5 March, 1.30pm
North Woolwich Library

Year 1-4, bookable by school groups only. A high energy interactive storytelling session, exploring the phenomenal achievements of some of the most inspiring female figures from around the world. Students... FULL DETAILS +

Rakaya Fetuga by Hana Rushton
Tuesday 5 March, 5pm
Forest Gate Youth Zone

Develop a creative piece of writing at this poetry workshop with Rakaya Fetuga! Participants will then have the opportunity to showcase the work they’ve created at the International Women’s Day... FULL DETAILS +

Sana Amos Artwork
Wednesday 6 March, 6pm
Rosetta Arts

Participants will have an opportunity to see a projection of Sana Amos’s artwork in the Humble Gallery followed by a printmaking workshop inspired by her ‘Blackout Poetry’. FULL DETAILS +

The Bolds Go Wild Book Cover
Wednesday 6 March, 1.30pm
The Crystal

Year 3-6, bookable by school groups only. It’s time for monkey business in this fifth outing for Teddington’s WILDEST family, the Bolds! Join Julian Clary and David Roberts as they... FULL DETAILS +

Bobby Seagull credit to Lloyd Mann
Wednesday 6 March, 7pm
Forest Gate Library

Long before his rise to cult fandom on University Challenge, Bobby Seagull was obsessed with numbers. Told through stories from his life, Bobby Seagull illuminates the world of numbers and... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
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Wednesday 6 March, 6.30pm
The Silver Building

Zine makers, book club and poetry collectives tell us the story of their journeys, their role in community change and their goals looking ahead in two panels hosted by Maryam... FULL DETAILS +

Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse movie
Thursday 7 March, 8.30pm
Stratford East Picturehouse

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 1hr 56m 2018 (PG) Stratford East Picturehouse 07.03.19 | 8.30pm Spider-Man mentors a teenager to become the next web-slinging superhero. Based on a Marvel Comics, it’s... FULL DETAILS +

Michael Rosen Book Cover
Thursday 7 March, 7pm
Stratford Library

Michael Rosen will talk us through his humorous and moving memoir So They Call You Pisher! It recalls the first twenty three years of his life from memories of his family... FULL DETAILS +

Open Captioning Event
Elmers
Thursday 7 March, 11am
Canning Town Library

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 7 March, 5pm
NewVIc (Newham Sixth Form College)

As part of the Newham Word Festival, NewVIc opens its doors to the community in a night that celebrates words: spoken, imagined, manipulated, devised and written! Come along to enjoy... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 7 March, 6.30pm
Britannia Village Hall

Join Suhaila Khamis, Priscilla Nazziwa and Claumeo Kenzi for an evening showcase with music, rap, spoken word, dance and more in celebration of empowering ourselves, each other and celebrating our... FULL DETAILS +

Act Up! Newham Performance
Friday 8 March, 7pm
Applecart Arts

Act Up! presents an evening of entertainment exploring the diverse ways in which people communicate. Act Up! is an inclusive theatre company that prides itself on the rich and varied... FULL DETAILS +

Elmers
Friday 8 March, 11.30am
Manor Park Library

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Little Badman Book Cover
Friday 8 March, 10.30am
Compressor House

Year 4-6, bookable by school groups only. Humza is best known for his comedy You Tube series Diary of a Badman which has had over 90 million views and he... FULL DETAILS +

International Women's Day Poster at FGYZ
Friday 8 March, 5pm
Forest Gate Youth Zone

Join us for an incredible showcase where we will have various inspirational speakers representing our diverse community and showcase the talent and skills of our fantastic young people. Featuring the... FULL DETAILS +

Fem Zine presents Deconstructing Nationality
Friday 8 March, 6.30pm
RAW Labs

FEM Zine is a zine, a publishing house, event space, and online platform which promotes greater diversity in media and platforms emerging and under represented artists. Our Drink & Draw... FULL DETAILS +

Image of author Atinuke
Friday 8 March, 10.30am
Custom House Library

Year 1-2, bookable by school groups only. Join spectacular storyteller Atinuke for a bouncy read-along with Baby and his mama. Hear all about the traditional folk tales, stories from the... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 9 March, 10.30am
Forest Gate Library

Play with words and make them stand out. Join artist Phiona Richards where she will show you how to manipulate letters and words using coloured pens and letter stamps. Turn... FULL DETAILS +

Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Catherine Doyle, Catherine Johnson panel
Saturday 9 March, 1.30pm
Beckton Globe Library

Join our fantastic all-female panel of award winning authors, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Catherine Johnson, Catherine Doyle and Anna James as they discuss adventure, writing and all things books for this... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 9 March, 1.30pm
Manor Park Library

Play with words and make them stand out. Join artist Phiona Richards where she will show you how to manipulate letters and words using coloured pens and letter stamps. Turn... FULL DETAILS +

Chicken Clicking Book Cover
Saturday 9 March, 2pm
Applecart Arts

Join Riverside Theatre as they present Chicken Clicking and Friends, based on the books of bestselling author and illustrator duo, Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross. Bringing cautionary tales into the... FULL DETAILS +

Elmers
Saturday 9 March, 10.30am
Beckton Globe Library

Elmer sees and hears amazing things on his walk, but the other animals are too busy to stop and enjoy them with him. What will you discover on Elmer’s Walk?... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 9 March, 10am, 12pm, 2pm
Bowling Club

Join Newham Poetry House for four days of brilliant poetry sessions including readings, performances, open mics, workshops and much, much more! Saturday 9th March 10-11.30am: “Mind and Heart” by Sacha... FULL DETAILS +

Ingeenium Open Mic
Saturday 9 March, 6pm
Canning Town Library

Join Ingeenium and friends for an early evening celebration of the wonder of words. Hosted by the incredible Hannah Gordon of Spoken Word London, the evening will involve readings from... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 9 March, 11am
Beckton Globe Library

A creative and fun writing and storytelling workshop for everyone ten years old to adults! Create characters, places and stories, stretch beyond the predictable, play with positivity and re-invent the... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 10 March, 1.30pm
Stratford Library

Play with words and make them stand out. Join artist Phiona Richards where she will show you how to manipulate letters and words using coloured pens and letter stamps. Turn... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 10 March, 10am, 12pm
Bowling Club

Join Newham Poetry House for four days of brilliant poetry sessions including readings, performances, open mics, workshops and much, much more! Sunday 10th March 10-11.30am: “Bookmaking workshop” by Phiona Richards... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 11 March, 1.30pm
Stratford Old Town Hall

Year 10-11, bookable by school groups only. Angie Thomas is the No 1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Hate U Give, also released as a movie last year... FULL DETAILS +

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