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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Monday 4 July 2022, 10.30 - 11.30am
Beckton Globe Library

Join debut author Ella McLeod to hear all about her new novel Rapunzella, Or Don’t Touch my Hair. Verse and prose combine in this electrifying novel where tropes and stereotypes... FULL DETAILS +

4 - 17 July 2022, Drop In
Stratford Library

For ages 7+ Welcome to the ArcHive – the largest audio database in the whole of the galaxy. But there’s a problem; we can’t get into it. Help us to... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 4 July 2022, 2.30-4pm

Zoom workshop. With live captions and BSL interpretation.   Following two highly successful workshops with Together! 2012 CIC in 2021, DL Williams is back for another Sign Poetry workshop... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Tuesday 5 July 2022, 10.30 - 11:30am
East Ham Library

In partnership with Pop-Up. Join Ria Dastidar for a reading of Magnificent! – a joyfully illustrated poem about embracing the differences that make us all special. Followed by an exciting... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 5 July 2022, 6pm

We invite participants to reflect and reflect and write about the seven Olympic values of friendship, respect, excellence, equality, determination, inspiration, and courage. Poems written during the session will be... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 6 July 2022, 10.30 - 11.30am
Green Street Library

Draw along and 3D model-making with Viola Wang Following her debut success with Rabbit Bright, Viola Wang’s second authored and illustrated picture book Hello is an uplifting story about the... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 6 July 2022, 6.00 - 7.30pm
Stratford Library

For ages 16+ In her book Terraformed, Joy White offers an uncompromising insiders look of Forest Gate — an urban neighbourhood in London — analysing how these issues affect the... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 6 July 2022, 7-8.15pm
Stratford East Picturehouse

An evening with poet, playwright, memoirist, performer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay OBE. Lemn has read on stage throughout the world, from The Library of Congress in The United States... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Thursday 7 July 2022, 10.00 - 10.20am
Forest Gate Library

For ages 0-3 Storytelling, songs and rhymes. An intimate, interactive storytelling for little ones and their caregivers. Full of sensory objects, movement and interactions, these sessions offer 20 minutes of... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 7 July 2022, 6pm
Stratford Library

We invite participants to reflect and reflect and write about the seven Olympic values of friendship, respect, excellence, equality, determination, inspiration, and courage. Poems written during the session will be... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 7 July 2022, 6pm

Zoom workshop. For all ages. This printmaking and poetry workshop, led by local artist Saana Amos, will explore the Olympic values of friendship, respect, excellence, equality, determination, inspiration and courage. ... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 7 July 2022, 6.00 - 7.30pm
NewVIc

For ages 12+ An evening of new spoken word performances from alumni who performed in the Olympic opening ceremony in 2012, as well as live performances from current NewVIc students... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 7 July 2022, 6 - 8pm
Rosetta Arts

Workshop for all ages. This printmaking and poetry workshop, led by local artist Saana Amos, will explore the Olympic values of friendship, respect, excellence, equality, determination, inspiration and courage. In... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 7 July 2022, 7 - 8pm

For ages 16+ Together! 2012 presents another of its popular Open Mic events for Deaf and Disabled poets, including Sign poets. Zoom workshop. With live captions and BSL interpretation. FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Friday 8 July 2022, 10.30am

For ages 0-5 Mangolina wakes on the morning of the carnival to find she has lost her wings. What happened to them? How will she ever find them? Join Mangolina... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 8 July 2022, 10.30 - 11:30am
Manor Park Library

Join Dennis the Menace illustrator Steve May for a fun-filled illustration workshop full of mayhem, chaos and Vikings, as he introduces his hilarious series Two Terrible Vikings, written by Horrid Henry... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 8 July 2022, 2.30 - 3.30pm
Bonny Downs Community Association

The words we hear, read, speak, and write can have a huge impact on our mental health. In this interactive session, we’ll create mood boards from local news and see... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 8 July 2022, 4.30 - 6.30pm
The Mix Centre

Workshop for ages 11-19 An embroidery and creative writing project that explores the Olympic values through craftivism. Join a session, meet others, and add your voice to the art work.... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 8 July 2022, 6.30 - 8.00pm
Stratford Town Hall

An evening with the Booker Award winner Nigerian novelist, poet, essayist and short story writer Ben Okri. A cultural activist whose work challenges perceptions of reality, Ben Okri’s works include... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Saturday 9 July 2022, 11am - 12pm

For families with children aged 3-18. Join Kate Rolison from Together! 2012 CIC to tell stories. We will use pictures, actions, things we have in our homes, and our imagination. ... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 9 July 2022, 11am - 12pm
Beckton Globe Library

Join Krina Sage-Patel to hear about her A-Z of Haiku poems. Then decorate your own feelings butterflies with colours and shapes reflecting your chosen emotion. Write how your butterflies feel and why,... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 9 July 2022, 11.15am - 12pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre

In partnership with Pop-Up. Swallow’s Kiss is a beautiful tale inspired by Sita and Jane Ray’s work at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants. Join Sita to create a... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 9 July 2022, 12 - 2pm
Beckton Globe Library

For all ages. Join us for a traditional folk-art performance for public gatherings and open celebrations, with heavy metal martial art music. The Lion Dance, like Dragon Dance and other... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 9 July 2022, 1 - 3pm
Old Pavillion, Stratford Park

Workshop for adults An embroidery and creative writing project that explores the Olympic values through craftivism. Join a session, meet others, and add your voice to the art work. Be... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 9 July 2022, 2.15 - 3pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre

Join amazing children’s author Chrissie Sains for a JAM-TASTIC event about her books The Alien in the Jam Factory & The Treasure Under the Jam Factory.  Discover what it takes to... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 9 July 2022, 6.30 - 7.30pm
The Old Spotted Dog Ground

From the sharp, precise Olympic Park to the rugged openness of the Wanstead Flats, Newham is full of space. But in the face of floods and changing time, how do... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 10 July 2022, 2 - 3pm
Stratford Library

Storytelling performance and craft and writing activity Meet Rae. Rae is ambitious, excitable, caring and non-binary and, one day, they’re going to be the greatest captain ever to sail the... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Sunday 10 July 2022, 3 - 5pm
Good Hotel London

All welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. We warmly invite you to a curated afternoon of Summer Readings & Rituals, celebrating belonging and our friendship with the natural... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 10 July 2022, 2pm
Stratford Library

An embroidery and creative writing project that explores the Olympic values through craftivism. Join a session, meet others, and add your voice to the art work. Be part of our... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 11 July 2022, 10.30 - 11.30am
Plaistow Library

Learn how to be an eco-warrior Join Matt Carr, creator of picture book Dave and Greta Make the World Better, to learn how to be an eco-warrior! With Matt’s top... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 11 July 2022, 6.30 - 8pm
East Ham Library

John Newman from Newham Bookshop will be in conversation with award-winning and bestselling author Sarah Winman to discuss her most recent work, Still Life. Sarah Winman is the author of... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Monday 11 July 2022, 7pm
Manor Park Library

Bestselling historical crime author Vaseem Khan examines the end of the Raj and discusses his new novel, The Dying Day, set just after Indian independence, the assassination of Gandhi, and... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 12 July 2022, 10.30 - 11.30am
North Woolwich Library

A Bollywood-themed event, introducing little ones to Bollywood music and dance. In Starlet Rivals, 12-year-old Bela has dreamed about becoming a famous Bollywood star, and now the opportunity might finally... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 12 July 2022, 11.00 - 11.50am
Canning Town Library

Performance with IROKO Theatre Company Once seen, never forgotten! IROKO Theatre Company spin spellbinding interactive African stories, using drama, music, movement, songs and chants. Come and enjoy their bespoke performance. ... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 12 July 2022, 6.30 - 8pm
The Silver Building

Debut writers Kasim Ali and Ayanna Lloyd Banwo discuss their work and their experiences of being first-time novelists. Kasim Ali’s debut novel Good Intentions, is a captivating and powerful modern... FULL DETAILS +

12 July 2022, 12-1pm
Stratford Youth Zone

Join Stratford East as we celebrate the culmination of our Fantastically Great Women Community Project with Bonny Downs and Newham New Deal Partnership. Through the course of the project, our... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 13 July 2022, 10.30 - 11.30am
Forest Gate Library

The Last Firefox is a heart-warming middle grade fantasy about family, friendship and finding your inner fire – Welsh author Lee has weaved his own experiences of adoption and same sex-parenting into... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 13 July 2022, 2.00 - 2.20pm
Green Street Library

For ages 0-3 Storytelling, songs and rhymes. An intimate, interactive storytelling for little ones and their caregivers. Full of sensory objects, movement and interactions, these sessions offer 20 minutes of... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 13 July 2022, 6.30 - 8pm
East Ham Library

For ages 15+ From the foothills of the Himalayas in the Kashmiri valleys to bustling Green Street in East London, in The Roles We Play local graphic novelist Sabba Khan... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 13 July 2022, 6.30 - 8pm
Stratford Library

Poet and performer Salena Godden and poet, memoirist and academic Hannah Lowe in conversation. Salena Godden is one of Britain’s best loved poets and performers. She is also a broadcaster,... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Thursday 14 July 2022, 10.30 - 11.30am
Stratford Town Hall

Join Sharna Jackson, author of The High-Rise Mystery, as she discusses her intriguing new middle-grade mystery adventure, The Good Turn. Josephine Williams is a future-focused, internet-loving eleven-year-old who is desperate... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 14 July 2022, 6.30 - 9pm
RDLAC (Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre)

For ages 14-18 A free community event for local young people, showcasing original tracks created by the young people themselves. Music, table tennis, BBQ and tasty food! FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 14 July 2022, 7 - 8pm
East Ham Library

Panel event with Vaseem Khan, Nadine Matheson, and William Shaw Bestselling crime writers Vaseem Khan, Nadine Matheson, and William Shaw discuss the current popularity of crime fiction and their own... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 14 July 2022, 7 - 8pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre

For ages 18+ ‘A Fairie Tale’; is a brand new and original piece of storytelling from Niall Moorjani, exploring race and gender identities through a medieval fae-inspired landscape. Set to... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 15 July 2022, 10.00 - 10.20am
Plaistow Library

For ages 0-3 Storytelling, songs and rhymes. An intimate, interactive storytelling for little ones and their caregivers. Full of sensory objects, movement and interactions, these sessions offer 20 minutes of... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 15 July 2022, 10.30 - 11.30am
Beckton Globe Library

Join comedian and author-illustrator extraordinaire, Olaf Falafel to find out all about his latest picture book: BLOBFISH! Blobfish lives deep, deep, deep under the sea and loves telling jokes. The... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 15 July 2022, 8pm
Stratford East Picturehouse

There are several books covering the life of Arthur Ashe and it can be imagined that they were used as source material for this documentary, Citizen Ashe. Directed by Sam... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 16 July 2022, 10.30am - 1pm
Wonderful Things

During this workshop, you’ll be guided through gentle mindfulness meditations and journaling prompts on the topic of courage, what it means to you and how you can connect with it.... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 16 July 2022, 1 - 2pm, 2.15 - 3.15pm, 3.30 - 4.30pm
Stratford Library

For ages 7-12 years Spoken word poet, play therapist and teacher Louise Hale aka Curly Wordy offers this immersive, sensory storytelling with sand. Children are invited to enjoy the 45-minute... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 16 July 2022, 1.30pm
Old Pavillion, Stratford Park

We invite participants to reflect and reflect and write about the seven Olympic values of friendship, respect, excellence, equality, determination, inspiration, and courage. Poems written during the session will be... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 16 July 2022, 2 - 2.50pm
Manor Park Library

For ages 7+ Once seen, never forgotten! IROKO Theatre Company spin spellbinding interactive African stories, using drama, music, movement, songs and chants. Come and enjoy their bespoke performance. Full of... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 16 July 2022, 4.30 - 5.20pm
Custom House Library

For ages 7+ Once seen, never forgotten! IROKO Theatre Company spin spellbinding interactive African stories, using drama, music, movement, songs and chants. Come and enjoy their bespoke performance. Full of... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 16 July 2022, 6.30 - 8pm
Forest Gate Library

Award winning Trinidadian born British writer Monique Roffey in conversation with east London teacher, novelist and short story writer Luan Goldie. Monique Roffey’s most recent novel, The Mermaid of Black... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Sunday 17 July 2022, 1 - 1.50pm
Stratford Library

For ages 7+ Once seen, never forgotten! IROKO Theatre Company spin spellbinding interactive African stories, using drama, music, movement, songs and chants. Come and enjoy their bespoke performance. Full of... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 17 July 2022, 3 - 6pm
RDLAC (Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre)

A series of creative arts and media taster sessions — for ages 13-19 or up to 25 SEND. Enjoy a day of workshops in an open drop session format. Book... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 17 July 2022, 3 - 4.30pm
Applecart Arts

A special literary reading and performance event with poets featured in the ‘Typoetry: Rethink-Rebuild’ project to close its remarkable run in Newham. Presenting the poems that have adorned the streets... FULL DETAILS +

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