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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 until November 13 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.
POETRY READING with Barbara Marsh & Martina Evans
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 7.00pm
Local poets Barbara Marsh (To The Boneyard) and Martina Evans (Petrol) will be reading from their newly published collections at The Broadway Bookshop on Wednesday 11 December, from 7pm. Readings will be followed by Q&As and there will be an opportunity for book signings. This is Barbara and Martina's first reading at The Broadway Bookshop and we are delighted to introduce both the poets and their poetry to all of our customers. To find out more about Barbara and Martina and their work, please see below.
Tickets are £3 (includes a glass of wine) but places are limited: we recommend booking in advance on: 020 7241 1626 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To The Boneyard / Barbara Marsh
To The Boneyard is a first collection of poems where candour, humour and revelation meet in a hotel bar for cocktails. Here are encounters with the mythologies of love and loss, memories filtered through exile, a suite of epiphanies wrapped in brisk modernity.
'Barbara Marsh is a wonderful writer. In what she chooses to notice,
she has the eye of a painter. She is an image maker of great
dexterity. But with that she brings to her poems the obfuscations and
reversals, along with the highs, of what an inner life is. Her poems
are provisional in the way the world is, therefore they embody a genuine
truth about how we are. I love her work.' – John Stammers
Barbara Marsh was born in Rhode Island and spent her childhood traversing the USA, thanks to her father’s Naval career. After university, she lived in New York City, making inroads into the Village music scene as a singer-songwriter. She moved to London, where she co-formed music duo The Dear Janes, releasing three albums in Europe and the US. Barbara is now a member of experimental band Vachement Bath. She teaches Creative Writing at City Lit, Morley College and Bishopsgate Institute and privately.
Petrol / Martina Evans
Petrol is a prose poem disguised as a novella of adolescence in Co. Cork, Ireland. With its dizzy pace and perfect narrative timing it is a unique work and a remarkable departure for a writer whose poetry is widely appreciated for its humour and uncompromising depiction of rural Ireland.
"She shows an impressive command of what feels like the ideal narrative medium: individual moments and drive of narrative in perfect coordination, language alive and kicking." – Christopher Reid
Martina Evans is an Irish poet, novelist and teacher. She grew up in County Cork in a country pub, shop and petrol station and is the youngest of ten children. After training as a radiographer in Dublin she moved to London in 1988. Her first collection of poems, The Inniscarra Bar and Cycle Rest, appeared in 1995 and was followed by three further collections, All Alcoholics are Charmers, Can Dentists Be Trusted? and Facing the Public (TLS Book of the Year in 2009). She teaches Creative Writing at the City Literary Institute. She is also the author of three novels. She lives in London with her daughter.