The Broadway Bookshop
6 Broadway Market
Hackney
London E8 4QJ

Phone: 020 7241 1626

Opening Times
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

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Current Exhibition

"So Long," he said: New Paintings by Martin Horton

Exhibition opening Saturday 8 September 2018

"Often my influences are not what I see but what I read. Especially Raymond Carver."
- Martin Horton

We are delighted to announce the opening of "So Long," he said: New Paintings by Martin Horton. The exhibition can be viewed during shop opening hours (Monday to Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm) and continues until Tuesday 9 October 2018. For prices and availability please speak to a member of staff or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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About the artist:

Martin Horton has exhibited at The Broadway Bookshop, The Langton Street Gallery and The Redcliffe Gallery in Chelsea, and had solo and group exhibitions in Brighton and other venues across East and West Sussex. His work has also been on show at the Affordable Art Fairs across the UK. Before moving to London in the 1990s, he lived in Brighton where he ran The Kemptown Gallery exhibiting his own work.

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We regularly hold events at our bookshop such as readings and book signings.

BIRDWATCHING LONDON: A Walk with David Darrell-Lambert

Saturday, 22 September 2018 at 10.00am

We are pleased to announce that David Darrell-Lambert, one of London’s most experienced birders and the author of Birdwatching London, will be leading a 90-minute walk through Hackney and Tower Hamlets on Saturday 22 September. Beginning at the shop at 10 a.m., the walk will follow the Regent’s Canal towpath into Victoria Park and then head toward the West Boating Lake. This huge park is home to an impressive variety of birds, and depending on the weather we would hope to see and learn about the urban lives of Great Crested Grebe, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker and many more.

The walk is accessible throughout, with ramp access to and from Regent's Canal, and will return to the shop at approximately 11.30 a.m., where copies of Birdwatching London will be available to buy.

Tickets are £3. (Ticket price is redeemable against the cost of the book.) Places on the walk are limited to 25: we recommend booking in advance by phone: 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

To find out more about Birdwatching London and David Darrell-Lambert please read on below.

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Birdwatching London:
All the Best Places to See Birds in the Capital
by David Darrell-Lambert

(published by Safe Haven)

Predictably for such a beautifully green city, London is rich in bird life – and not just pigeons, gulls and parakeets. Its flagship wetland reserves at Barnes, Woodberry Down and Rainham offer everything from bitterns to avocets, marsh harriers to bar-tailed godwits.

But the sharp-eyed can spot wonderful birds in more mundane London settings: over 100 species listed in a year on Hampstead Heath alone, from goldcrests to hobbies. Peregrine falcons nest at Battersea Power Station. A short walk from East India Dock DLR is a secluded backwater frequented by teal and shoveler ducks.

Detailed listings of some 40 birding locations, all illustrated with colour photographs, are augmented by fascinating on iconic London birds from the newly ubiquitous Ring-necked Parakeets to the ‘bombsite bird’, the Black Redstart.

Published in association with the nature conservation charity for London, London Wildlife Trust (11,000 members), Birdwatching London reveals the amazing variety of birdlife in London and offers wonderful suggestions for a day or afternoon out among nature.

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David Darrell-Lambert is Director of the consultancy Bird Brain UK, and undertakes bird surveys all over London for a variety of clients. He also regularly gives talks on birding and leads guided birding walks in the capital. He lives with his family near Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve.

THE HOTEL EDEN: A Poetry Reading with Beverley Bie Brahic

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 at 7.00pm

We are excited to announce that award-winning poet and translator Beverley Bie Brahic will be appearing at the shop to read from and talk about her new collection The Hotel Eden (published by Carcanet) on Wednesday 17 October at 7 p.m.

Tickets are £5 (includes glass of wine). For booking please email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com or phone: 020 7241 1626.

The event will be Beverley's second poetry reading at The Broadway Bookshop, having visited in 2016 to read from her previous collection Hunting the Boar. We are delighted to welcome her back to the shop, and pleased to offer her readers the opportunity to celebrate the publication of The Hotel Eden with her during her short stay in the UK.

To find out more about Beverley, her work and new book, please read on below.

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‘Madame Martin will throw back her shutters at eight…’ With these words Beverley Bie Brahic opens The Hotel Eden, a book about seeing the world. She moves through Paris, the French provinces, the American west coast, in the spirit of a flâneur, going about her daily life alert to the variety of human experience: the soup kitchens, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Latin Quarter, the refugees, works of art and areas of damage. The title poem pays a debt to Joseph Cornell, the master of the assemblage, whose ‘The Hotel Eden’ discloses a stuffed parrot and other objects under glass. The eye – the poem – assembles them but cannot tell their intended story. It tells a story all the same. ‘On the tip of God’s tongue, the bird waits to be named.’ This is a book of revelatory indirections, of unexpected moons, creatures, passions, rituals and histories, of days rich in full disclosures and hints of revelation. One of the presiding spirits of her book is the Latin poet Horace, whose prayer she renders as her own:

Grant me, Apollo, calm and contentment,
A healthy body, a mind clear,
And let my old age be spent
Without dishonour nor the sound of my lyre.

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Beverley has recently contributed a text to The Carcanet Blog discussing the past and transformations of the poem ‘Future Perfect’ from the new collection The Hotel Eden. You can read it here.

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Praise for The Hotel Eden:

'The poems in this collection are energised by themes of temporal and spatial progression. Seasons move on with a dream-like quality, the warm, hazy summer poems of the first part slipping into the cooler tones of autumn and winter as the poetic voice moves from place to place. Plants grow, bees buzz and the rural, provincial and domestic become transcendent. An exquisitely poetic sequence.'
- Poetry Book Society

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Beverley Bie Brahic is a poet, translator and occasional critic. Her collection White Sheets was a finalist for the 2012 Forward Prize; Hunting the Boar (2016) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and her translation, Guillaume Apollinaire, The Little Auto, won the 2013 Scott Moncrieff Prize. Other translations include Francis Ponge, Unfinished Ode to Mud, a 2009 Popescu Prize finalist, and books by Hélène Cixous, Yves Bonnefoy, Jacques Derrida and Julia Kristeva. Brahic was born in Saskatoon, Canada, grew up in Vancouver, and now lives in Paris and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Beverley Bie Brahic has a website.

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