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TRAVELLERS' CHILDREN IN LONDON FIELDS: AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY COLIN O'BRIEN
Colin O'Brien's exhibition of photographs, TRAVELLERS' CHILDREN IN LONDON FIELDS, is now on show at The Broadway Bookshop.
The exhibition will continue through early 2014 and is open to the public during shop opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm; Sundays 11am - 5pm.
We also have copies of Travellers' Children In London Fields, a handsomely produced 72 page hardback collecting Colin's portraits, published by Spitalfields Life Books and printed in Brick Lane by The Aldgate Press. Price £10.
"I came across the travellers whilst I was photographing a deserted warehouse in London Fields. They had parked their caravans in and around Martello Street near the railway arches by the station. This part of Hackney was very run down in the eighties . . . In the first week, I started to take one or two Polaroid shots of the children which I gave to them to show their parents. Some of the parents then dressed the children up and sent them out for me to take more portraits . . . When I returned to the site on the fourth week the families had gone . . . it was only when I started to print the negatives that I realised what an amazing set of images they were."
Born in Clerkenwell, photographer Colin O'Brien has been taking pictures on the streets of London since 1948. To find out more about Colin and TRAVELLERS' CHILDREN IN LONDON FIELDS please visit www.colinobrien.co.uk.
We regularly hold events at our bookshop such as readings and book signings.
Mikey Cuddihy: A Conversation About Happiness
Thursday, 3 April 2014 at 6.30pm
In our first event of 2014, artist and writer Mikey Cuddihy will be at the shop to launch her new book A Conversation About Happiness: The Story of a Lost Childhood (Atlantic Books). When Mikey was orphaned at the age of nine, her life exploded. She and her siblings were sent from New York to board at experimental Summerhill School, in Suffolk, and abandoned there. The setting was idyllic, lessons were optional, pupils made the rules. Joan Baez visited and taught Mikey guitar. The late sixties were in full swing, but with total freedom came danger. Mikey navigated this strange world of permissiveness and neglect, forging an identity almost in defiance of it. A Conversation About Happiness is a vivid and intense memoir of coming of age amidst the unravelling social experiment of sixties and seventies Britain.
‘Written with a cool-eyed compassion, this is a fascinating examination of the bittersweet experiments of '60s child rearing, of which Cuddihy was both a victim and a beneficiary. I found it deeply moving.’ - Esther Freud
Mikey Cuddihy was born in New York and educated at Summerhill School in Suffolk. She later studied fine art at Edinburgh College of Art and Chelsea School of Art. An art lecturer at the University of Brighton, Mikey is an acclaimed artist and writer.
Please RSVP: email@example.com.
Margaret Willes: The Gardens Of The British Working Class
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at 7.00pm
Local author Margaret Willes (Reading Matters; The Making of the English Gardener) will be returning to the shop to read from and talk about her new book The Gardens Of The British Working Class (Yale University Press).
This is a moving and illuminating book packed with stories of unknown individuals gardening ingeniously and deviously; of the great philanthropic industrialists who provided gardens for their workforces; of the fashionable rich pilfering the gardening ideas of the poor; of pub syndicates and rival vegetable growers; of flower-fanciers cultivating exotic blooms on their windowsills; and of today’s allotment-grab by the middle classes and the use of gardening in rehabilitating young offenders.
'Margaret Willes's book shows how people with no money and little time to themselves produced riches on small plots – little paradises, even. How begging, borrowing (and stealing), they would create wealths of flowers and food, and find joy in doing so. How gardening would become their chosen taskmaster – and their deliverer.' - Ronald Blythe
There will be a Q&A and Margaret will be signing copies of her book.
Tickets £3 (includes a glass of wine). For booking call 020 7241 1626 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Willes is an enthusiastic gardener and the former publisher at the National Trust. Her previous books include The Making of the English Gardener: Plants, Books and Inspiration, 1560–1660. She is also a member of The Hackney Society and contributor of Hackney: Modern, Restored, Forgotten, Ignored: 40 Buildings to Mark 40 Years of The Hackney Society.
Colin O'Brien: 65
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 7.00pm
Details coming soon.
John Clare: A Play presented by Off The Page
Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 7.00pm
Details coming soon.