What's On

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

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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, 7pm

Original songs written and recorded by young people aged 14-18, alongside Newham Music’s team of producers, rappers and songwriters. In a workshop organised by Newham Music and Stratford Youth Zone,... FULL DETAILS +

Open Captioning Event
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 +

Tuesday 22 June, 6.30pm

Year 3 – Year 4 Author and broadcaster Samantha Baines reads from her acclaimed children’s book Harriet Versus the Galaxy. She discusses her hearing loss and reveals why her main... 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, 5.30pm

Ages 14-18 Join sound artist Chani Singh in an exciting podcast workshop exploring Newham’s migration stories. Learn how to create a podcast using free music and sound software, Bandlab. Rosetta... 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 +

A Fox Called Herbert
Thursday 24 June, 10.30am

Nursery – Reception Join author-illustrator Margaret Sturton and Panto Dame Mama G for a fabulous interactive story time event introducing Herbert, a rabbit who knows he’s really a fox. Hear Mama G bring this celebratory tale of identity... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 25 June, 10.30am

Ages 7+ Join storyteller Genevieve Robinson as she jumps into the pages of some inspirational children’s books by astonishing and groundbreaking female authors. Embark on an adventure through space and... 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, 2pm

Ages 8+ The Windrush Generation came when England made the call to the Caribbean islands. They were the generation of Caribbeans that helped rebuild the hospitals, worked on London Transport... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 11am

Ages 5+ Get ready for a fantastical shadow puppet show to warm the heart and bring joy to viewers young and old alike. Join our hero Toral on the adventure... 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, 11am
Beckton Globe Library

Ages 3+ Dreads, twist out or braids — a young girl chooses how to style her hair for a special birthday celebration in the beautifully illustrated picture book My Hair. Join... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Saturday 26 June, 12-3pm
Beckton Globe Library

Come and create your own illuminated messages to take home. Write your message using magnetic letters, feed it into the Illuminatron, pull the lever, turn the wheel and hear the Iluminatron magically... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 3.30pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre

Ages 6+ In an interactive storytelling combining drama and music, Helen McDonald brings to life the story of a determined Jamaican woman who boards the Empire Windrush in a desperate... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
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 +

Saturday 26 June, 11am
Discover Children’s Story Centre

Ages 4+ Join Newham-born author Rachael Buabeng for an exclusive book reading from her debut children’s book What About Adjoa? Explore some of the questions Adjoa had when she became a big sister and how she came... 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, 11am
Stratford Library

Ages 4+ J and T are in deep trouble. Tomorrow is Dress as a Human Day at school and they haven’t made their costumes yet. So, they’ve decided to do something really brave.... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
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 +

Under the Great Plum Tree
Sunday 27 June, 11am.

A tale of friendship and courage from the Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of animal fables dated to 300 BCE. Beautifully retold by Sufiya Ahmed, whose mother first told her... 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
Clean Up! cover
Tuesday 29 June, 10.45am

Years 1-2 Join award winning author Nathan Bryon and illustrator Dapo Adeola to learn about their latest book Clean Up! Hear all about Rocket’s adventures as she encourages those around her to... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 29 June, 10.30am

Ages 4+ Join a Hats of Faith storyteller for a super fun and interactive family session. Learn all about the shared custom of religious head coverings, who wears them and... FULL DETAILS +

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 +

Voices
Wednesday 30 June, 2pm.

Years 5 – 6 The VOICES series explores authentic, unsung stories of our past, each written by one of the UK’s finest writers for young people. In conversation with writer... 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 +

Night Bus Hero
Thursday 1 July, 10.30am

Years 5 – 6 Join Blue Peter Book Award-winner Onjali Q Rauf as she answers questions from pupils at Sandringham Primary School and introduces her latest story The Night Bus... 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, 10.30am

Ages 7+ Dance to the beat of the drum; Eshu is ready for some fun. But watch out! Eshu is not all he seems… Meet Eshu, the trickster god of... 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, 11am

Ages 5+ Khayaal presents a riveting collection of wise and foolish tales from Muslim cultures featuring the incredibly quirky antics of Mulla Nasruddin (also known as Joha, Hodja and Affendi), an icon of Muslim humour whose... 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, Various Times
Canning Town Library

Ages 6-11 What would you like to celebrate about where you live and why? Join Salvatore Rubbino, children’s book illustrator and author of A Walk in London, to create your own picture of your home... 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, 11am

Be immersed in a sub-aquatic world, hear stories of the sea and explore how our own behaviour has influenced the oceans. Designed for younger children, this online storytelling workshop will combine creative... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 4 July, 12-3pm
Thames Barrier Park Cafe

Look out for roving storytellers and poets Cath Drake and Baden Prince Jnr outside the Thames Barrier Park Cafe, dishing up tantalising morsels of story and poetry to spice up your... 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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