Get chins wagging with a whole variety of authors, illustrators and poets. Join them to discuss their artistic backgrounds, inspirations and how their practice contributes to an exciting range of genres from the World of Adventure to Asian Noir. Booking in advance is recommended as places can be limited.

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
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, 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, 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, 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, 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 +

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 +

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 +

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, 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 +

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