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Previous Events held at Broadway Bookshop

CANCELLED: THE VINYL COUNTDOWN

Wednesday, 4 July 2018 at 7.00pm

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event due to unforeseen circumstances. We're very sorry it won't be going ahead but we hope to reschedule for later in the year, keep an eye on our website and social media for this and other events

Garth Cartwright, author of the recently published Going For A Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop, and Travis Elborough, whose book The Long-Player Goodbye celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 4 July at 7 p.m to discuss the cultural impact and trajectory of the record and its retail - its rise and fall and the revival of vinyl - and the possibilities of its future.

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

For further information about Going For A Song and The Long-Player Goodbye, and Garth and Travis, please see below.

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GOING FOR A SONG: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop
by Garth Cartwright with a foreword by Stewart Lee
(The Flood Gallery, 2018)

(from the publisher)

Going For A Song explores the secret history of the UK record shop, from the age of the wax cylinder to the days of dubstep and the resurgence of vinyl. Illustrated with dozens of rare photographs, advertisements, record bags and treasures from the golden age of record retail.

The book covers the whole colourful story of UK record-buying, from market traders selling music-hall 78s alongside Whitechapel’s shellac synagogues, through HMV’s Oxford Street classical emporium and Soho’s post-WW2 jazz, blues and folk merchants, to mods hungry for imported ska and ravers demanding Detroit techno.

Going for a Song reveals how Brian Epstein, the genius behind Liverpool’s NEMS shops, used his trade contacts to launch The Beatles. It documents the golden dawn of psychedelia at Mayfair’s One Stop, where Jimi Hendrix was a regular customer and witnesses A Clockwork Orange being filmed at the Chelsea Drug Store.

The early Seventies finds Richard Branson’s Virgin shops leading a revolution in record retail, and Rough Trade, Beggars Banquet, Small Wonder and Good Vibrations launching their own punk record labels. The CD boom fuels the megastores, and then downloading takes hold and the chains crash. From the ruins arose a new generation of record shops riding the vinyl revival while Record Store Day is a hugely popular event internationally. Going for a Song details all this and more!

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The Long-Player Goodbye
by Travis Elborough
(Sceptre, 2008)

It is now seventy years since Columbia records launched their long-playing record in the summer of 1948. This revolutionary innovation ushered in the era of vinyl as the format for the music that would soundtrack so many lives. 

First published ten years ago when the iPod ruled supreme and a vinyl revival seemed an unlikely prospect Travis Elborough’s The Long-Player Goodbye was immediately acclaimed as a brilliant piece of popular history that explored how vinyl changed our world. 

The book became the basis for the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World in which he also appeared.

For further details about the Long-Player Goodbye, please click here.

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Garth Cartwright is a New Zealand born, London based journalist, author, DJ and music promoter. Garth contributes to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, websites and radio programmes including The Financial Times, The Guardian, Record Collector, Jazzwise, The New Statesman and Radio 4's Last Word. His previous books include Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians (2005), More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music (2010) and Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History (2012).

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Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for nearly two decades now. His books include The Bus We Loved, a history of the Routemaster bus; The Long-Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records; Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British beside the seaside and London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic CrossingA Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution was published by Jonathan Cape in June 2016 and described as ‘a fascinating, informative, revelatory book’ by William Boyd in The GuardianThe Atlas of Improbable Places, a collaboration with the cartographer Alan Horsfield and specially commissioned by the publisher Aurum, appeared in September 2016. In September 2017, the anthologies Being a Writer, co-compiled with the novelist Helen Gordon, and Our History of the 20th Century: As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters, were published by Aurum and Michael O’Mara Books, respectively. Atlas of the Unexpected is published by Aurum Press this September.

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RISE UP, WOMEN!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes / A Reading with Diane Atkinson

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at 7.00pm

We are pleased to announce that as part of Feminist Book Fortnight local writer and historian Diane Atkinson will be appearing at the shop to read from and talk about her new book Rise Up, Women! – a collective biography of the suffragette movement that celebrates the lives of more than a hundred women who campaigned for the right to vote – on Wednesday 20 June at 7 p.m.

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

Feminist Book Fortnight is a series of events organised by a group of independent bookshops to mark the 100th anniversary of women in the UK getting the vote and to champion the diversity of contemporary and reissued classics of feminist literature. To find out more about FBF, and what other events are on, please click here.

For more information about Rise Up, Women! and Diane please see below.

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Rise Up Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes
by Diane Atkinson

(from the publisher)

Marking the centenary of female suffrage, this definitive history charts women's fight for the vote through the lives of those who took part, in a timely celebration of an extraordinary struggle.

Between the death of Queen Victoria and the outbreak of the First World War, while the patriarchs of the Liberal and Tory parties vied for supremacy in parliament, the campaign for women's suffrage was fought with great flair and imagination in the public arena. 

Led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia, the suffragettes and their actions would come to define protest movements for generations to come. From their marches on Parliament and 10 Downing Street, to the selling of their paper, Votes for Women, through to the more militant activities of the Women's Social and Political Union, whose slogan 'Deeds Not Words!' resided over bombed pillar-boxes, acts of arson and the slashing of great works of art, the women who participated in the movement endured police brutality, assault, imprisonment and force-feeding, all in the relentless pursuit of one goal: the right to vote.

A hundred years on, Diane Atkinson celebrates the lives of the women who answered the call to 'Rise Up'; a richly diverse group that spanned the divides of class and country, women of all ages who were determined to fight for what had been so long denied. Actresses to mill-workers, teachers to doctors, seamstresses to scientists, clerks, boot-makers and sweated workers, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and English; a wealth of women's lives are brought together for the first time, in this meticulously researched, vividly rendered and truly defining biography of a movement.

An Observer Pick of 2018
New Statesman Book of 2018

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Praise:

“Rise up and buy this book! Diane Atkinson has produced an instant classic of feminist history. All the spectacular drama and intrigue of the decade long militant campaign for the women's vote is staged in this immensely readable suffragette epic” – Rachel Holmes, author of Eleanor Marx

“A definitive history of the suffragettes … Atkinson exhorts her readers to salute the suffragettes. She is right to so do. It is easy to assume that women's suffrage was inevitable, but that should not detract from the efforts and losses undertaken by the pioneers so vividly described here” – Lucy Fisher, The Times

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Diane Atkinson is the author of two illustrated history books, Suffragettes in Pictures and Funny Girls: Cartooning for Equality, and three biographies, Love & DirtElsie and Mairi Go to War and The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton. A regular lecturer on the suffragettes at conferences and literary festivals, Diane Atkinson has also appeared on radio programmes including Woman's Hour, and has consulted on numerous television documentaries, as well as, most recently, the film Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham-Carter. She lives in London.

dianeatkinson.co.uk
@DitheDauntless

JENNY LEACH: PAINTINGS, PRINTS, DRAWINGS, 1986 - 2016

Saturday, 28 April 2018 at 00.00am

Exhibition: 28 April - 30 June 2018

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition to celebrate the publication of Jenny Leach: Paintings, Prints, Drawings, 1986 - 2016. Sixteen pictures, selected from three decades of the artist's practice, range across her 'works from memory', etchings, still life, portrait, figure drawings and student work. The exhibition can be viewed during shop opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm / Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm. All works are for sale. For prices and availability please email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com

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Jenny Leach has exhibited at Millinery Works, Barbican Centre, Sweet Briars College and Gallerie Jeanne. She was a tutor at Putney Art School, teaching life drawing and painting, etching and portfolio preparation, as well as the Diploma in Art and Design - a course she co-founded - and the Advanced Open Studio Workshop.

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Copies of Jenny Leach: Paintings, Prints, Drawings, 1986 - 2016 are now available to buy in the shop. Price £25.00.

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LONDON'S STREET TREES: A WALK with author Paul Wood

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 6.30pm

We are excited to announce that Paul Wood, author of London's Street Trees, will be leading a walk through Hackney's 'urban arboretum' on Wednesday 9 May. In Paul's words:

This most exotically forested part of London has a surprise around every corner and Broadway Market is no exception, we'll see an incredibly diverse range of trees within a couple of hundred metres including a rare Asian Jujube, a Peanut butter tree, an Australian bottlebrush tree and some of the oldest London Plane trees in town...

The walk leaves the shop at 6.30 p.m. and returns at 8 p.m. Participants will then have the opportunity to purchase a copy of London's Street Trees. Tickets are £3 (redeemable against the cost of the book). Spaces are limited. For booking call 020 7241 1626 or email books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

For further details about the book please see below.

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London's Street Trees: A Field Gude to the Urban Forest
by Paul Wood (published by Safe Haven Books)

Everyone knows that the trees on London’s streets are London Planes - aren’t they?

In fact the magnificently green streets of London are in no way a monoculture – these days over 300 different species of tree grace its streets, from flowering fruit trees in Islington and cherries in Herne Hill, to giant redwoods in Edgware and London’s first olive tree in Hackney.

Every London borough is different. There are indeed plane trees that go back to the building of the Embankment in the nineteenth century – but also new species around the capital that wonderfully reflect its modern multicultural vibrancy. Do you know why there are Australian silver wattle and bottlebrush trees in the streets of Pimlico, or giant redwoods in Edgware? But until now there has been no book on this remarkable phenomenon.

This unique, endlessly fascinating guide will make everyone in London look at their own street in a new way.

Only a decade or two ago Hackney had relatively few street trees. Now it's so well planted it's hard to see where any more could be crammed in. A quiet transformation has taken place, and the streets of theis East End borough bare now akin to an arboretum.

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Praise for London's Street Trees:

For someone like me who is not a natural naturalist, the book reveals a previously unconsidered world situated just outside the front door, or at most only a bus ride away.
- Ian Jack, Guardian

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Paul Wood photographs and writes about trees at his popular and unique blog The Street Tree. He leads regular walks around London's urban forest with the Museum of Walking. He is a former Trustee of the London Wildlife Trust, and lives in well-forested Islington. A large Caucasian Wingnut grows at the end of his street. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @TheStreetTree.

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PIE & MASH DOWN THE ROMAN ROAD: Melanie McGrath in conversation with Travis Elborough

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at 7.00pm

We are delighted to announce that Melanie McGrath (author of Silvertown) will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 25 April to read from and talk about her new book PIE & MASH DOWN THE ROMAN ROAD: 100 Years of Love and Life in one East End market. She will be joined in conversation with Travis Elborough, author of A London Year, A Walk in the Park and The Atlas of Improbable Places.

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

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Pie & Mash Down The Roman Road: 100 Years of Love and Life in one East End market
by Melanie McGrath

(from the publisher)

G Kelly's Pie and Mash has been run by the same family in the Roman Road in Bow for nearly a hundred years; an East End institution and the still point of a turning world. Outside its windows the Roman Road has seen an extraordinary revolution - from women's liberation and industrialisation to wars and immigration - and yet at its heart it remains one of the last traditional market roads of London.

Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road is the biography of that shop and of the people - customers, suppliers, employees, owners - who passed through it, and continue to do so. Through vivid tales of ordinary lives the book will tell the extraordinary story of the community living around the oldest trading route in Britain, and the true heart of the East End.

This is the story of the Roman Road, an East End pie and mash shop and the lives and loves of the people who have worked and eaten there.

Pie & Mash Down The Roman Road is published by Two Roads.

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Praise for Silvertown: An East End Family Memoir:

'A superb achievement.'
- Nicholas Lezard

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Melanie McGrath was born in Essex, and is the author of critically acclaimed, bestselling non-fiction (Silvertown and The Long Exile) and won the John Llewelyn-Rhys/Mail on Sunday award for Best New British and Commonwealth Writer under 35, for her first book Motel Nirvana. She writes for the national press and is a regular broadcaster on radio. She writes fiction as M.J. McGrath, and her first novel in the Edie Kiglatuk series, White Heat was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and was followed by The Boy in the Snow. The Bone Seeker is the third book in the series. Melanie lives and works in London.

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Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for nearly two decades now. His books include The Bus We Loved, a history of the Routemaster bus; The Long Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records; Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British beside the seaside and London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing.

The most recent A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution was published by Jonathan Cape in June 2016 and described as ‘a fascinating, informative, revelatory book’ by William Boyd in The Guardian.

The Atlas of Improbable Places, a collaboration with the cartographer Alan Horsfield and specially commissioned by the publisher Aurum, appeared in September 2016.

In September 2017, the anthologies Being a Writer, co-compiled with the novelist Helen Gordon, and Our History of the 20th Century: As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters, were published by Aurum and Michael O’Mara Books, respectively.

MURMUR: A Reading with Will Eaves

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 7.00pm

We are excited to announce that Will Eaves will be appearing at the shop to read from and talk about his new novel MURMUR (published by CB editions) on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at 7 p.m. Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine). For booking please call: 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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Murmur by Will Eaves
published by CB editions

Taking its cue from the arrest and legally enforced chemical castration of the mathematician Alan Turing, Murmur is the account of a man who responds to intolerable physical and mental stress with love, honour and a rigorous, unsentimental curiosity about the ways in which we perceive ourselves and the world. Formally audacious, daring in its intellectual inquiry and unwaveringly humane, Will Eaves’s new novel is a rare achievement.

‘A marvellous and compelling book, on a subject of huge importance and scandal’
– Bernard O’Donoghue

Murmur is a profound meditation on what machine consciousness might mean, the implications of AI, where it will all lead. It’s one of the big stories of our time, though no one else has treated it with such depth and originality.’
– Peter Blegvad

'... what if we could think our way into Alan Turing’s dreams? It’s the sort of thing Turing himself might have attempted as he tried to move between minds, questing for the limits of shared comprehension. But a novelist imagining the unconscious of a genius and finding words for his visions – can that be wise? Yes, if the writer is Will Eaves.
– Alexandra Harris, Guardian

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Praise:

The Absent Therapist (shortlisted for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize)

‘A miniature but infinite novel, and unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s just achingly good.’
– Luke Kennard

‘The whole book is like someone deeply charismatic and charming daring you not to find them insane. It’s wonderful.’
– Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

The Inevitable Gift Shop (shortlisted for the 2016 Ted Hughes Award)

‘It’s like a conversation with an extraordinarily wise friend: surprising, tender, funny and profound.
– Michelle de Kretser

‘Penetratingly clever and often quite moving and extremely charming, border-crossing uncategorisable writing ... there’s something holistic about it, in the way it enacts the absolute continuity between inner and outer life, what we feel what we think what we do.’
– Patrick McGuinness

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Will Eaves is the author of four novels (The Absent Therapist; This Is Paradise; Nothing to be Afraid Of; and The Oversight) and two collections of poetry (The Inevitable Gift Shop and Sound Houses). He was Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011, and now teaches at Warwick University.

The opening section of Murmur was shortlisted for the 2017 BBC National Short Story Award.

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Book Launch: SELF & I: A Memoir of Literary Ambition by Matthew de Abaitua

Thursday, 22 March 2018 at 6.30pm

You are invited to celebrate the launch of SELF & I by Matthew de Abaitua – a memoir of literary ambition that brilliantly records the author’s experiences living and working as Will Self's amanuensis in a remote cottage in Suffolk in the 1990s – on Thursday 22 March 2018. Drinks will be served from 6.30 p.m. Signed books will be available. Entry is free.

Please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

For more information please see below.

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SELF & I: A Memoir of Literary Ambition
by Matthew de Abaitua

(from the publisher)

The scene is a remote cottage in Suffolk in the 1990s.

Will Self, newly divorced, is the in-demand enfant terrible of the British literary scene. Matthew De Abaitua, an eager young writer fresh out of Malcolm Bradbury's Creative Writing course at the University of East Anglia, is excited to be hired as his ‘amanuensis'.

It's not obvious what that intriguing job title will entail. In this unique, frank and often very funny portrait of one of our most talked-about and controversial literary figures, Self & I charts the highs and lows of the experience.

It is a compelling account of a remarkable time in Britain and British literature.

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Praise for Self & I:

An utterly compelling account of what it means to read, write, live and breathe literature. Anyone interested in the world of letters will devour this book with delight.
- Matt Thorne, author of Prince

Very funny but with an undertow of melancholy, Self & I is at root a hymn to the vocation of writing and, as such, sings to all us nearly-writers, wannabe-writers and sometime-writers (i.e. all writers) with the ecstasy of scripture.
- Will Ashon, author of Strange Labyrinth

A delicious peek into the Will Self 'industry' and the vanished publishing world of the Nineties, but it's also a wonderful, highly readable book about love and dedication.
- Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse

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Matthew De Abaitua was born in Ormskirk, Liverpool. He studied English Literature at the University of York and was awarded a British Academy grant to take the Creative Writing master's degree at the University of East Anglia, studying under Malcolm Bradbury.
After graduating from UEA, he spent six months living and working as an amanuensis to the novelist Will Self. He then joined The Idler as deputy editor and was literary editor of Esquire.

He is the author of three novels: The Red Men (Snowbooks, 2007), If Then (Angry Robot, 2015) and The Destructives (Angry Robot, 2016). A movie adaptation of The Red Men is currently in development with Warp Films and Shynola Films.

His memoir and history The Art of Camping: The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars (Penguin) was described by The Economist as one of the books of 2011.

He lectures on creative writing and science fiction at the University of Essex and lives in Hackney.

Read more about Matthew at www.harrybravado.com.

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Self & I is published by Eye Books.

A Reading with MICHAEL AMHERST & LARA PAWSON

Thursday, 8 March 2018 at 7.00pm

We are pleased to announce that Michael Amherst (author of Go the Way Your Blood Beats, published by Repeater Books) and Lara Pawson (author of This Is the Place to Be, published by CB editions) will be appearing at the shop on Thursday 8 March to read from and discuss their recently published books.

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

For more information please see below.

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GO THE WAY YOUR BLOOD BEATS
by Michael Amherst

Using bisexuality as a frame, Go the Way Your Blood Beats questions the division of sexuality into straight and gay, in a timely exploration of the complex histories and psychologies of human desire.

A challenge to the idea that sexuality can either ever be fully known or neatly categorised, it is a meditation on desire's unknowability. Interwoven with anonymous addresses to past loves - the sex of whom remain obscure - the book demonstrates the universalism of human desire.

Part essay, part memoir, part love letter, Go the Way Your Blood Beats asks us to see desire and sexuality as analogous with art - a mysterious, creative force.

Praise for Go the Way Your Blood Beats:

"This wide-ranging, allusive, insistently self-interrogating book argues that both our politics and our poetics need to eschew fixed categories to accommodate ever more creative, fluid and elective identities. It's a book that demands intense engagement: I quarreled with every page, and I was grateful for the quarrel. I was grateful, too, for its passionate reminder that we are always more mysterious than the stories we tell about ourselves."
- Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

Michael Amherst is a writer and critic. His short fiction has appeared in publications including The White Review and Contrappasso and been longlisted for the BBC Opening Lines and Bath Short Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, Attitude, the Spectator and Versopolis: European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture, among others. He is a recipient of an award from Arts Council England and is currently working on a novel as part of a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London.

Go the Way Your Blood Beats is published by Repeater Books.

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THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE
by Lara Pawson

This Is the Place to Be is a fragmentary and experimental memoir that started life as a sound installation for the 2014 London International Festival of Theatre programme 'After a War', directed by Tim Etchells and performed by Cathy Naden. It was named a New Statesman Book of the Year 2016 and a BOMB Magazine Book of 2016. It has been shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2017, the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 & the Gordon Burn Prize 2017.

Praise for This Is the Place to Be:

This Is the Place to Be is notable for its structural oddness. We might call it a memoir, but that wouldn’t quite do justice to its fragmentary, decidedly nonlinear narrative composition, which gives it a kind of oneiric quality redolent of experimental fiction… For all its personal candor, the spare laconicism of Pawson’s prose — even when recalling harrowing acts of violence — militates against any sense of intrusiveness or therapeutic excess. The result is a sense of intimacy lightly worn; we are told a lot, but it doesn’t feel like a lot.’
– Houman Barekat, Los Angeles Review of Books

‘What makes a life? Lara Pawson’s lucid, sudden and subtle memoir unpicks the spirals of memory, politics, violence, to trace the boundaries and crossing points of gender and race identity.’
– Joanna Walsh

'Lara Pawson’s This Is the Place to Be is a stark, compassionate and troubling text that summons a fragmentary autobiography, circling experiences from her growing up in England and her time as a reporter covering civil wars in Angola and Ivory Coast. She deals with big questions through an intimate mosaic of lived experiences – the blank, funny, awful, gentle shards that remain in memory years after events have taken place – returning her again and again to the themes of identity, violence, race, class, sexuality and the everyday lives of people across several continents.'
– Tim Etchells

This Is the Place to Be is published by CB editions.

Lara Pawson lives in north-east London. She is currently at work on a novel. For more information please visit her blog here.

JOINING THE DOTS: A Woman In Her Time / A Talk with Juliet Gardiner

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at 7.00pm

Writer and historian Juliet Gardiner will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 31 January at 7 p.m. to read from and talk about her new book Joining the Dots: A Woman In Her Time (published by Harper Collins), a memoir that charts a course through sixty years of change personal, social and political, to reveal the shifts and transformations of women's lives in post-war Britain.

Tickets are £5 (includes glass of wine).

For booking please call: 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

For more information about the book please see below.

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About the book (from the publisher):

From Britain's leading social historian, a lyrical look at the changes to women's lives since 1940, told with examples from her own life. The book provides an intimate, brilliant account of feminism over the last 6 decades.

A young woman wearing a navy-blue duffle coat stood shivering in the vaulted Victorian booking hall of Temple Meads station in Bristol looking uncertainly around her. It was 1st January 1960 and the woman was me. I was sixteen years old, and I had run away from home.

Over the next ten years, the world changed around young Juliet Gardiner as it did for most women in Britain. It was the start of a decade that was to be momentous for Britain's history politically, economically, socially and culturally.

As one of Britain's best-known social historians, Juliet Gardiner writes here about the span of women's lives from her birth during the Second World War to the election of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister. Using episodes from her own life as starting points to illuminate the broader history in society at large, she explores changing ideas towards birth and adoption, the importance of education for girls, the opportunities offered by university, to expectations of work and motherhood, not to mention her generation's yearning for freedom.

Everyone has his or her history and at the same time is part of history as this book so perceptively and beautifully demonstrates. As a work of living history, both lyrical and personal, Joining the Dots is an accessible and empowering story of how one mid-twentieth-century woman grew into a world so different from the one into which she was born. It is a story of bed-sits, sexual choice, motherhood and marriage, feminism, family planning and professional ambition.

An accomplished and intensely evocative memoir that will become in time an integral part of our understanding of post-war Britain. It is also, at a personal level, a journey of courage and determination.
- Books of the Year, David Kynaston, Observer

For further information, please visit the publisher Harper Collins.

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About the author:

Juliet Gardiner is a respected commentator on British social history from the Victorian times through to the 1950s. She is the former editor of History Today magazine and is the author of many books including Wartime: Britain 1939-1945 (2004), The Thirties: An Intimate History (2010), The Blitz: The British Under Attack (2010) and most recently Joining the Dots: A Woman In Her Time (2017). She lives in East London.

Foris: Looking at Trees / From a New Series of Photographs by Melissa Moore

Friday, 1 December 2017 at 10.00am

Part of a new, larger series of the artist's nocturnal reckonings with London's trees, the 12 pictures exhibited in Foris gently unveil the urban arboreal and - through the act of looking, again and again - make us intimates to the strange, living presences of trees on our streets. At the same time, the photographs seem to acknowledge that the complexity of their subject presents a challenge to our understanding: each tree may ultimately remain unknowable and out of reach.

A limited edition series of prints is available exclusively at The Broadway Bookshop. For further details, please email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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Artist's Statement

The Latin root word for forest is foris - meaning: outdoors, door, and entrance.

There have been several press articles that note that London has been classified as a forest. The word forest was originally used to define legal property, rather than ecological category, and the definition of what a forest is can still be called into question - however, there are apparently 8.4 million trees in this city.

The photographs in Foris have been made over a few years and across many London boroughs, frequently during late night walks. Darkness has held a particular draw, when the city's own dimensions can fade from view, and the magnetism of the tree comes into prominence more fully.

When not illuminated by streetlights, trees can be hard to discern, and the camera's long exposure is relied on to light what the eye is struggling to see. While set up with tripod and camera squarely before striking trees, it was not unusual for other users of the night to ask what was being photographed. However, even in the daytime, trees can be hard to perceive. They are often completely unnoticed, and even when we do succeed in looking at them their scale, whether large or small, is each time a challenge to condense via a viewfinder.

It seems to be the consensus that trees are healthy to have in the city. Their presence perhaps also fulfils older needs, to do with safety and hiding. But trees also hide themselves. They suggest, but do not fully provide solidity. They have the ability to be both there and not there. The tree's sculptural and quasi-architectural presence is so physical and elaborate, and yet doesn't seem to demand our attention. Mostly we 'flip' by without noticing them.

The archetypal tree of life is a symbol that brings to the mind's eye a very complete image, but trees are used as metaphors in so many different cultural stories, they don't occupy a distinct meaning. Furthermore, new scientific knowledge of their various linked ecosystems of dependencies, possible excretions, or communicative electrical signals, via roots and underground fungal networks, means it is now harder to know where trees palpably begin and end. Neither established/ancient metaphorical associations nor growing scientific dimensions make it feel possible to know what the totality of a tree is.

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Melissa Moore is a London-based artist. She studied Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University, Experimental Visual Design at The University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree with Distinction for Research from the Royal College of Art, London. Her previous series Land Ends was exhibited in Europe, Singapore, Japan, US and Canada, and is in the permanent Museum collection of Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy and collected in the monograph Land Ends, published by Skira in 2013. She is a Course Leader at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.

You can read more about her work at Photomonitor; Aesthetica Magazine; and the Independent.

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Foris: Looking at Trees will be on exhibition at The Broadway Bookshop from 1 December 2017 to 1 February 2018 and can be visited during shop opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.

PORTRAIT OF A COMMUNITY: A TALK with KEN WORPOLE and MARGARET WILLES

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 at 7.00pm

We are pleased to announce that local historians Ken Worpole and Margaret Willes will be giving a talk - titled Portrait of a Community, Hackney's Post-War History: Battles Fought, Battles Won and Battles Lost - at the shop on Wednesday 29 November at 7 p.m.

The talk coincides with the publication of Hackney: Portrait of a Community 1967 - 2017, a new collection of writings celebrating 50 years of The Hackney Society. Copies of the book will be available at the event.

Tickets are £5 (includes glass of wine).

For booking please call: 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

For more information about the book please see below.

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Hackney, Portrait of a Community 1967 - 2017
edited by Laurie Elks

About the book (from the publisher):

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Hackney Society, we have produced a portrait of the community over the past half century. One portrait? What has emerged is a whole series of portraits which, like a kaleidoscope, makes up a whole.

Hackney is one of the London boroughs that has changed most radically over the past fifty years. In 1967 it was one of the poorest areas of the capital, the home of a combination of light industry and much inadequate housing, with a largely working-class population. But Hackney could also boast some of the fine historic buildings of London, which is why Sir John Betjeman was persuaded to become the Society's first President.

Today, the picture is very different. Hackney is regarded as cool, hip, the smart place to live and work, with easy access to the City. It is also home to many cultures from every part of the world. Some of its historic buildings and open spaces have survived, though not all, despite campaigns to try to save them. And the picture is complex. As one longtime Hackney resident has pointed out, in some ways the place is very much the same as it was fifty years ago, but for some, it remains an area of deprivation and violence.

Fifty pieces have been commissioned from a whole range of authors, who have drawn on their own experiences and expertise. The subjects covered range from social issues such as housing, the question of 'regeneration' and education, to the cultural, with the demise of dog racing, the opening of Centerprise and the flourishing of the theatre as exemplified by the Arcola and the Hackney Empire. The darker side is not glossed over, with a piece on the death of Colin Roach by Duncan Campbell, and the riots of 2011, written by Hackney MP, Meg Hillier.

For further information, please visit The Hackney Society.

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Ken Worpole is a writer and social historian, whose work includes many books on architecture, landscape and public policy. He is married to photographer Larraine Worpole with whom he has collaborated on book projects internationally, as well as in Hackney, London, where they have lived and worked since 1969.

His principal interests concern the planning and design of new landscapes and public institutions, whether parks, playgrounds, libraries - as well as in townscape renewal and new urban green networks - and learning the lessons of 20th century urban democracy and the rise of the environmental movement.

Margaret Willes, formerly publisher at the National Trust, is the author of several books, including Reading Matters, The Gardens of the British Working Class, A Shakespearean Botanical and, most recently, The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. She lives in Hackney and is a trustee of the Hackney Society.

AGAINST MISERABILISM: WRITINGS 1968 - 1992 by DAVID WIDGERY / BOOK LAUNCH with JULIET ASH

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 6.30pm

You are invited to celebrate the launch of Against Miserabilism: Writings 1968 - 1992 by David Widgery, published by Vagabond Voices. The editors, Juliet Ash, Nigel Fountain and David Renton, will be providing short introductions to the book. Drinks will be served from 6.30 p.m. Please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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About the book

Against Miserabilism is a love letter, out of the past, to a new generation of radicals. It's a collection of articles by David Widgery, who, in addition to working as a full-time medical doctor in London's East End, wrote prolifically on matters of political and cultural importance from the 1960s till the time of his death in 1992. Although his articles were written some time ago, in this collection writers who knew him introduce and update his work for today's readers. His commentary on healthcare, Black activism and culture, feminism, other civil rights and the political Left remains relevant. His unique viewpoint as a doctor and a politically active Marxist informs all of his writings.

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About the author

David Widgery was born in London in 1947 and died in 1992. He lived and worked as a socialist doctor in the East End of London for twenty-two years. He was the author of six books: The Left in Britain 1956 - 68 (1976), Health in Danger (1979), Beating Time (1986), The National Health (1988), Preserving Disorder (1989), and Some Lives!: A GP's East End (1991). He was a regular contributor to The New Statesman and Society, Socialist Worker and The British Medical Journal as well as writing occasional articles for numerous underground and socialist magazines and journals. He also wrote articles for the Guardian and Observer.

THE CURIOUS WORLD OF SAMUEL PEPYS & JOHN EVELYN with Margaret Willes

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 7.00pm

We are pleased to announce that Margaret Willes will be at the shop to read from her new book - The Curious World Of Samuel Pepys And John Evelyn (published by Yale University Press) - and to talk about the private, fascinating lives of its eponymous diarists, on Wednesday 25 October at 7 p.m. Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine).
For booking please call: 020 7241 1626 or email:
books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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About the book (from the publisher):

Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn are two of the most celebrated English diarists. What is less known is that they were also close friends. This first full portrait of the relationship between these two pivotal Restoration figures - detailing their particular characters, favourite pastimes and kaleidoscopic social circles - also transforms our understanding of one of the most dramatic periods of English history.

In a captivatingly intimate account, Margaret Willes invites us into Pepys's and Evelyn's private world, behind the public faces they presented, one as an MP and administrator of the Navy Board, the other as a cultivated member of the minor gentry. Pepys was earthy and shrewd, whilst Evelyn was a devout aesthete, and they were brought together by chance through their work to alleviate the plight of sailors caught up in the Dutch wars. Their friendship, then, was not a foregone conclusion, but it thrived because both were drawn to intellectual pursuits and shared an inexhaustible curiosity for life and for the exotic.

Willes explores their shared interests - diary-keeping, science, travel and a love of books - and their divergent enthusiasms, Pepys for theatre and music, Evelyn for horticulture and garden design. Through the richly documented lives of two remarkable men, she revisits the history of London and of England in an age of regicide, revolution, fire and plague to reveal it also as a time of enthralling possibility.

Praise for The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn:

Two centuries on, this scholarly and readable book brings the two men together again. The result, the biographical equivalent of a buddy film, is both entertaining and unexpectedly revealing about the extraordinary times they lived in.
- Andrew Taylor, Times

About the author:

Margaret Willes, formerly publisher at the National Trust, is the author of several books, including Reading Matters, The Gardens of the British Working Class and A Shakespearean Botanical. She lives in Hackney and is a trustee of the Hackney Society.

THE LAST LONDON with IAIN SINCLAIR

Friday, 29 September 2017 at 6.30pm

You are invited to celebrate the publication of The Last London - Iain Sinclair's final and brilliant reckoning with the city - on Friday 29 September 2017 from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m. Iain will give a short reading from the new work at around 7 p.m. and he will be on hand to talk with guests and sign copies of the book.

We will also be celebrating the hard-won renewal of the shop's lease and our recent reopening, and hope many of our customers who have supported us through the years can join us for drinks.

Tickets are FREE. Please RSVP:
books@broadwaybookshophackney.com

For more information about the book and the author please visit Oneworld.

HOW TO BE A BETA MALE: BOOK LAUNCH with ROBERT CRAMPTON

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 6.30pm

The Shock of the New Build and Other Contrast Old and New: Paintings by Valerie Wiffen ARCA

Sunday, 30 July 2017 at 00.00am

A departure from the artist's three previous exhibitions, which have often documented in drawings the contents of our museums and cultural institutions, Valerie's new series of paintings surveys the radically shifting skyline of the city and its looming future.

The Shock of the New Build and Other Contrasts Old and New can be viewed during shop opening hours (Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm / Sunday 11 am - 5 pm) and continues until Sunday 30 July 2017.

For enquiries please email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com

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About the exhibition:

"London townscapes are changing dramatically in many areas and the transformation is not over. So much new high rise building is scheduled that one postal district alone is set to have 63 new towers erected (Evening Standard).

Unlike Paris, where Le Nain's axis is still visible, and with odd exceptions, innovatory building has been grouped at La Defense, London has no grand design. It is an indictment of the paucity of education in town planning that so much of the new build resembles temporary housing constructed after floods and disasters in the rest of Europe.

Chances have been missed; Wren's masterpiece, St Paul's, has been occluded again because his building line was drawn with reference to lower structures.

For those who choose it, artists have always had a role: to hold up a mirror to society so that we can see ourselves. The exhibition is an attempt to record sweeping changes and contrasts in our visual world."
- Valerie Wiffen ARCA, 2017

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Glass has an article on the opening of the exhibition. You can read it here.

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About the artist:

Valerie Wiffen studied at the Royal College of Art and took the Drawing Prize on graduation. An academic career spanning further, higher and adult education continues at Hampstead School of Art. As a part-time tutor she has always maintained her painting career, specialising in portraiture. Her noted commissions include 'Sir Sigmund Sternberg' (National Portrait Gallery); 'Sir Gavyn Arthur as Lord Mayor, City of London' (Guildhall Art Gallery); 'Rabbi Doctor Louis Jacobs' (The Jewish Museum); 'HRH The Duke of Edinburgh' (Collection of the Board of Deputies); 'Dr Carey as Archbishop of Canterbury with Mrs Carey' (The Sternberg Centre); and 'Dr Singhvi as High Commissioner for India' (The Bhavan Centre).

www.valeriewiffen.co.uk

TRUMP, BREXIT AND THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC IDEAS: A TALK with NIALL KISHTAINY

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 at 7.00pm

TRUMP, BREXIT AND THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC IDEAS: A TALK with NIALL KISHTAINY

THE BUGHOUSE: THE POETRY, POLITICS AND MADNESS OF EZRA POUND / A TALK with DANIEL SWIFT

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 at 7.00pm

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE EAST: Book Launch with XIAOLU GUO

Friday, 27 January 2017 at 6.30pm

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE EAST: Book Launch with XIAOLU GUO

WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN: A TALK with DANIEL RACHEL in conversation with KEN WORPOLE

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 at 7.00pm

J. M. W. TURNER: HIS HOMES AND HOUSES / A TALK with FRANNY MOYLE

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 at 7.00pm

POETRY READING with CB EDITIONS: BEVERLEY BIE BRAHIC & PATRICK MACKIE

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 at 7.00pm

FOOD for ALL SEASONS: BOOK SIGNING & FOOD TASTING with OLIVER ROWE

Saturday, 17 September 2016 at 12.00am

Book Launch / THE DESTRUCTIVES by Matthew De Abaitua

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 at 6.30pm

Book Launch / THE DESTRUCTIVES by Matthew De Abaitua

***CANCELLED*** NELLY AND THE QUEST FOR CAPTAIN PEABODY with ROLAND CHAMBERS

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 at 4.00pm

BOOK LAUNCH: SKINNING OUT ~ TO SEA by MICK HUGO

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 7.00pm

TEN YEARS of THE BROADWAY BOOKSHOP

Friday, 4 December 2015 at 6.30pm

Exhibition Opening / L'ULTIMA SIGARETTA: Drawings by Thibault Boutherin

Thursday, 15 October 2015 at 6.30pm

Ed Vulliamy & Friends on: Velazquez, Michael Jacobs & EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 at 7.00pm

Ed Vulliamy & Friends on: Velazquez, Michael Jacobs & EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING

IF THEN by Matthew De Abaitua / Book Launch

Thursday, 3 September 2015 at 6.30pm

IF THEN by Matthew De Abaitua / Book Launch

Iain Sinclair: Overground & Underworld / Reading + Q&A

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 at 7.00pm

Exhibition Opening / OPEN SPACES & PUBLIC PLACES: Drawings & Paintings by Valerie Wiffen

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at 6.30pm

Exhibition Opening / OPEN SPACES & PUBLIC PLACES: Drawings & Paintings by Valerie WiffenThe Broadway Bookshop invites you to the opening of OPEN SPACES & PUBLIC PLACES: Drawings & Paintings by Valerie Wiffen. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. RSVP books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

Open Spaces & Public Places is the third show of Valerie Wiffen's at The Broadway Bookshop and continues the theme of work made from exhibits in our museums and collections, coupled with a new group made in parks, city farms, gardens and woods. All the paintings and drawings are made from direct observation because this artist is a figurative painter of conviction. Listing Watteau as a favourite draughtsman and Bonnard as a well-loved painter, she states: 'I realised early in my career that I engage with the same timeless, monumental, abstract qualities of light, space, form, tone, colour and texture that all painters must, whatever the ethos of their work. However, I have always been fascinated by the knife-edge balancing act of good observed work. Clearly, it is illusory, creating the image of the missing third dimension on a flat surface, with the medium in evidence. At the same time, I hope to give the viewer an eye-witness account, a faithful image of what I saw, through the emphasis and selections that I made. If the illusion succeeds, anyone at any time or place will be able to breach the barriers that divide us, even if only for a moment. My aim is to enable the viewer to look through my eyes and see what I saw. It is the lure of this profound human experience that has guaranteed my commitment to representational work.'

The exhibition is open during shop opening hours (Mon - Sat: 10 am - 6 pm / Sun: 11 am - 5 pm) and continues until Thursday 16 July.

Valerie Wiffen studied at the Royal College of Art painting school and took the Drawing Prize on graduation. An academic career spanning further, higher and adult education continues at Hampstead School of Art and West Dean College. As a part-time tutor she has always maintained her painting career, specialising in portraiture. Her noted commissions include Sir Sigmund Sternberg (National Portrait Gallery); Sir Gavyn Arthur as Lord Mayor, City of London (Guildhall Art Gallery); Rabbi Doctor Louis Jacobs (The Jewish Museum); HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (Collection of the Board of Deputies); Dr Carey as Archbishop of Canterbury with Mrs Carey (The Sternberg Centre); Dr Singhvi as High Commissioner for India (The Bhavan Centre).

Book Launch: Doctor Gavrilov by Maggie Hamand

Friday, 30 January 2015 at 7.00pm

Book Launch: Doctor Gavrilov by Maggie Hamand

POETRY READING: with MARTINA EVANS + LIANE STRAUSS

Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at 7.00pm

POETRY READING: with MARTINA EVANS + LIANE STRAUSS

EVENT CANCELLED... Art Rules! (And How To Break Them): Book Launch with Mel Gooding + Redstone Press

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 at 6.30pm

EVENT CANCELLED... Art Rules! (And How To Break Them): Book Launch with Mel Gooding + Redstone Press

Matilda Tristram: Probably Nothing / Reading + Q&A

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 at 7.00pm

Matilda Tristram: Probably Nothing / Reading + Q&A

Regent's Canal: Reflections on Urban Water

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 at 11.00pm

Regent's Canal: Reflections on Urban WaterA New Exhibition of Paintings by Valerie Irving

Opening 23 October 2014

In Regent's Canal: Reflections on Urban Water Valerie Irving records a fascination not only with the subtle varieties of surface according to weather and light, the movement of barges and wildlife, but also with the looming architectures - built at different times and for different purposes - that fringe this section of water from Broadway Market to Mare Street.

'... this artificially created product of the industrial revolution, built for commerce, now provides a space for nature in a city, many of whose rivers now flow underground...' - Valerie Irving.

Regent's Canal: Reflections on Urban Water will run from October 23 to December 24.

Nick Hunt: Walking the Woods and the Water / Reading + Q&A

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 at 7.00pm

Nick Hunt: Walking the Woods and the Water / Reading + Q&A

Xiaolu Guo: I Am China / Book Launch

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 at 06.30am

Xiaolu Guo: I Am China / Book Launch

Margaret Willes: The Gardens Of The British Working Class / Reading + Q&A

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 at 7.00pm

Margaret Willes: The Gardens Of The British Working Class / Reading + Q&A

Colin O'Brien: 65 / Book Launch

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 6.30pm

Colin O'Brien: 65 / Book Launch

John Clare: Reflections From The Madhouse / A Play Presented by Off The Page!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 7.00pm

John Clare: Reflections From The Madhouse / A Play Presented by Off The Page!

Mikey Cuddihy: A Conversation About Happiness

Thursday, 3 April 2014 at 6.30pm

Mikey Cuddihy: A Conversation About Happiness

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING + BOOK SIGNING with THE GENTLE AUTHOR

Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 6.30pm

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING + BOOK SIGNING with THE GENTLE AUTHOR

AMERICAN SMOKE: JOURNEYS TO THE END OF THE LIGHT

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 at 7.00pm

AMERICAN SMOKE: JOURNEYS TO THE END OF THE LIGHT

POETRY READING with Barbara Marsh & Martina Evans

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 7.00pm

POETRY READING with Barbara Marsh & Martina Evans

LIFE LESSONS: FROM HOBBES & BERGSON

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at 7.00pm

LIFE LESSONS: FROM HOBBES & BERGSON

LOVELOSS

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 at 7.00pm

PINK MIST

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 at 7.00pm

PINK MIST

40 BUILDINGS

Wednesday, 6 November 2013 at 7.00pm

40 BUILDINGS40 BUILDINGS TO MARK 40 YEARS OF THE HACKNEY SOCIETY

BOOK LAUNCH:
with KEN WORPOLE & MARGARET WILLES

The Broadway Bookshop hosts the launch of the long awaited second edition of HACKNEY: MODERN, RESTORED, FORGOTTEN, IGNORED: 40 BUILDINGS TO MARK 40 YEARS OF THE HACKNEY SOCIETY on Wednesday 6 November from 7pm.

Local historians/writers Ken Worpole (New English Landscape) and Margaret Willes (The Gardens of The British Working Class), both contributors to the book, will be talking about Hackney's architecture and the enormous changes that the borough has undergone in recent years.

40 BUILDINGS seeks to draw attention to good-quality modern architecture; recent restoration projects; buildings that have been lost; and buildings that are currently at risk from neglect or demolition.

To find out more about the book please visit The Hackney Society.

Entry is free.

BOOK LAUNCH: A HOXTON CHILDHOOD

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 at 7.00pm

BOOK LAUNCH: A HOXTON CHILDHOODby A S JASPER

with TERRY JASPER & RICHARD PENNY

When A Hoxton Childhood by A S Jasper was first published in 1969, it was widely reviewed and hailed by national newspapers as the best working class story since The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. "An absolutely riveting account of life packed with incident in a London slum" (The Guardian). "Zola without the trimmings" (The Observer).

However A Hoxton Childhood has had an unlucky publication history (it was last published in 1982) with copies become increasingly hard to find. Which is why The Broadway Bookshop is delighted to announce the launch of the book's excellent reprint with the author's son, Terry Jasper, and great-nephew, Richard Penny of Blinding Books, on Wednesday 9 October at 7pm. There will be readings from the book, stories about its author and a display of clippings from the press following A Hoxton Childhood's publication. There will also be a Q&A with Terry and Richard. Entry is free but places are limited so please RSVP by phone or email. We hope you can make it.

PARCHED CITY

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 at 7.00pm

PARCHED CITY

BOOK LAUNCH: THE RULE BREAKER'S BOOK OF BUSINESS with ROGER MAVITY

Friday, 13 September 2013 at 6.30pm

BOOK LAUNCH: THE RULE BREAKER'S BOOK OF BUSINESS with ROGER MAVITYThe Broadway Bookshop invites you to the launch of THE RULE BREAKER'S BOOK OF BUSINESS by Roger Mavity, co-author of Life's A Pitch (enormously popular and often jostling with heavyweights like Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire, Just Kids and Bicycle Diaries in our monthly bestseller's list).

We have cautiously read parts of the book and our suspicions have been confirmed: we have a lot of work to do. RULE BREAKER'S is a wise and entertaining guide ("Irving Berlin, one of the great songwriters of the jazz age, was once asked, 'Which comes first, Mr Berlin, the words or the melody?' Berlin's answer was simple: 'The contract comes first.'") that should prove every bit as popular as Life's A Pitch.

Entry is free. We hope you can make it.

RSVP books@broadwaybookshophackney.com

To find out more about Roger and his new book visit www.rogermavity.com

E X I S T S

Monday, 19 August 2013 at 00.00am

E  X  I  S  T  SPHOTOGRAPHS BY MARIA HOLME-SLATER

1 9 . 0 7 / 1 9 . 0 8

The Broadway Bookshop is delighted to announce the opening of Maria Holme-Slater's new exhibition of photographs.

E X I S T S is comprised of 20 photographs; the subject is the street and those who inhabit it.

"This exhibition of work reminds us that we exist as individuals, and at the same time all we have is each other."

The exhibition continues until August 19.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW with Daisy Hildyard *** EVENT CANCELLED ***

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 at 7.00pm

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW with Daisy Hildyard        *** EVENT CANCELLED ***

TREASURES FROM THE MUSEUMS & COLLECTIONS OF LONDON

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 at 00.00am

TREASURES FROM THE MUSEUMS & COLLECTIONS OF LONDON

THE MODERN PEASANT with Jojo Tulloh

Wednesday, 5 June 2013 at 7.00pm

THE MODERN PEASANT with Jojo Tulloh

LONDON FICTIONS

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at 7.00pm

LONDON FICTIONS

THREE WOMEN: A RADIO PLAY by SYLVIA PLATH

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 7.00pm

THREE WOMEN: A RADIO PLAY by SYLVIA PLATH

An Evening with Nicholas Royle

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Nicholas Royle

Poetry on Broadway: Stephen Knight and Charles Boyle

Thursday, 28 February 2013 at 7.00pm

Poetry on Broadway: Stephen Knight and Charles Boyle

Spitalfields Life

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 at 7.00pm

Spitalfields Life

A Natural History of Ghosts: A Hidden History

Thursday, 18 October 2012 at 7.00pm

A Natural History of Ghosts: A Hidden History

The Robber of Memories: A Traveller's Tale

Thursday, 1 November 2012 at 7.00pm

The Robber of Memories: A Traveller's Tale

What is Madness?

Thursday, 15 November 2012 at 7.00pm

What is Madness?

An Evening with Alison Moore and Simon Okotie

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Alison Moore and Simon Okotie

The Caravan of Storytellers presents Winter Tales of Wonder

Thursday, 13 December 2012 at 7.00pm

 The Caravan of Storytellers presents Winter Tales of Wonder

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 at 7.00pm

Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britainís Far Right

Frances Beck. Still Life, First Thursday Exhibition

Thursday, 5 April 2012 at 6.30pm

Frances Beck. Still Life, First Thursday Exhibition

Hackney Through the Centuries

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 at 7.00pm

Hackney Through the CenturiesThe Broadway Bookshop are proud to play host to the Hackney Society to launch and celebrate their latest publication Hackney: An Uncommon
History in Five Parts. Join the authors and hear a talk from Juliet Gardiner, author of the wonderful The Thirties: An Intimate History followed by a guided walk around the area near the bookshop by Ann Robey. Then join us back at the shop for discussion and a glass of wine.

Entry is FREE but places are limited so please book in advance at the shop.

Spitalfields Life. Saturday Signing

Saturday, 30 June 2012 at 12.00am

Spitalfields Life. Saturday Signing

An Evening with Jake Arnott

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Jake Arnott

Poetry on Broadway with Lavinia Greenlaw and Jack Underwood

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 at 7.00pm

Poetry on Broadway with Lavinia Greenlaw and Jack Underwood

Storytelling on Broadway: A Bite of the Golden Apple

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 at 7.00pm

Storytelling on Broadway: A Bite of the Golden Apple

Alex Preston and Lucy Caldwell: A Question of Faith **CANCELLED**

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 at 7.00pm

Alex Preston and Lucy Caldwell: A Question of Faith **CANCELLED**

Escape from Hong Kong. A Hidden History

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 at 7.00pm

Escape from Hong Kong. A Hidden History

An Evening with Andres Neuman

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Andres Neuman

Ian Sinclair. Saturday Signing

Saturday, 21 April 2012 at 12.00am

Ian Sinclair. Saturday SigningCome and meet the ever popular Iain Sinclair, author of Hackney, that Rose Red Empire, who will be signing copies of his remarkable and compelling memoir, Ghost Milk. New in paperback, Ghost Milk is a personal and powerful exploration of the impact on local landscapes such as his and our home of Hackney, when transformed by grand projects such as this year's London Olympics.

Iain will be at the shop from 12am - 2 pm during the Saturday market.

No need to book, just come along.

If you would like to reserve a copy of the paperback of Ghost Milk contact us at the shop.

An Evening with Hisham Matar

Tuesday, 8 May 2012 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Hisham Matar

New Writers on Broadway

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 at 7.00pm

New Writers on Broadway

Poetry on Broadway with Michael and Adam Horovitz

Friday, 17 February 2012 at 7.00pm

Poetry on Broadway with Michael and Adam Horovitz

Poetry on Broadway with Mark Ford

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 7.00pm

Poetry on Broadway with Mark Ford

Margaret Willes. Great Gardens

Thursday, 1 December 2011 at 7.00pm

Margaret Willes. Great Gardens

The Household Box. Late Night Shopping

Thursday, 15 December 2011 at 6.30pm

The Household Box. Late Night Shopping

Sale of rare illustrated books and preview of artworks

Thursday, 15 December 2011 at 10.00am

London Voices. Late Night Shopping

Thursday, 8 December 2011 at 6.30pm

London Voices. Late Night Shopping

An Evening with Owen Sheers

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Owen Sheers

An Evening with Jonathan Kemp New Fiction

Wednesday, 9 November 2011 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Jonathan Kemp New Fiction

Our Last Late Night Shopping Thursday

Thursday, 22 December 2011 at 6.00pm

Our Last Late Night Shopping ThursdayCome and join us for a mince pie whilst you pick up your last Christmas presents.










An Evening With Joe Dunthorne

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at 7.00pm

An Evening With Joe Dunthorne

Hewett Clarke Retrospective First Thursday Exhibition

Thursday, 3 November 2011 at 6.30pm

Hewett Clarke Retrospective First Thursday Exhibition

Private View: Further Decline by Andrew Pegram

Wednesday, 7 September 2011 at 7.00pm

We would like to invite you to come in and see the exciting new exhibition at the Broadway Bookshop and have a glass of wine with the artist.

Andrew is also launching his new book 'Divine Decline' during the private view.

7pm to 9pm, free.

Private View: Freeing the Fish, Images in Brass Transformed

Thursday, 7 July 2011 at 6.30pm

Local artist Caroline Hotopf will be here to celebrate her first exhibition at The Broadway Bookshop.



Iain Sinclair presents Ghost Milk

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 at 7.00pm

Iain Sinclair presents Ghost Milk

James Thornton and Martin Goodman

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 at 7.00pm

Time Out First Thursday

Thursday, 5 May 2011 at 6.00pm

We are once again open until 9pm for you to view our current exhibition and to browse books.

www.firstthursdays.co.uk

Book Launch: The Echo Chamber by Luke Williams

Tuesday, 10 May 2011 at 7.00pm

Book Launch: The Echo Chamber by Luke Williams

Ken Worpole: Reading and in conversation with Gareth Evans

Wednesday, 2 March 2011 at 7.00pm

Private View: Props by Gemma Fripp

Thursday, 3 March 2011 at 6.00pm

Please join us for a glass of wine to welcome artist Gemma Fripp for her first exhibition at The Broadway Bookshop.

This is part of Time Out First Thursdays. www.firstthursdays.co.uk

6pm to 9pm

World Book Day

Thursday, 3 March 2011 at 10.00am

World Book Night

Saturday, 5 March 2011 at 6.00pm

One million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.

www.worldbooknight.org

Private View for First Thursday

Thursday, 3 February 2011 at 6.00pm

For the the first First Thursday of 2011 we have a private view of our current exhibition of expressionist paintings by Stegosaurus Jones. Please join us for a glass of wine.

www.firstthursdays.co.uk

Private View: East London Landscapes by James Mackinnon

Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 6.30pm

Please join us for a glass of wine on our December First Thursday as we welcome back local artist James Mackinnon for a new exhibition of his paintings which will run until the end of January.

www.firstthursdays.co.uk

Asia Overland by Bijan Omrani

Wednesday, 3 November 2010 at 7.00pm

Time Out First Thursday

Thursday, 4 November 2010 at 6.00pm

We shall once again be open until 9pm for you to view our exhibition, 'Above and Below the Sea', and of course to browse books.

www.firstthursdays.co.uk

Time Out First Thursday

Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 6.00pm

We shall once again be open until 9pm for you to view our new exhibition, 'Above and Below the Sea', and of course to browse books.

www.firstthursdays.co.uk

The Canal by Lee Rourke

Tuesday, 3 August 2010 at 7.00pm

Time out First Thursday + Private View

Thursday, 5 August 2010 at 6.00pm

Our second First Thursday and the private view of our latest exhibition of portraits by Noel Basualdo. Come along to meet the artist as well as some of her models.

Unitl 9pm

www.firsthursdays.co.uk

Talking the Broads - an evening with new writers

Tuesday, 29 June 2010 at 7.00pm

Time Out First Thursdays

Thursday, 1 July 2010 at 6.00pm

We're delighted to announce that we've joined Time Out First Thursdays so we shall now be open until 9pm on the first Thursday of each month for you to view our exhibitions and of course browse books.

Our current exhibition is by local photographer Eanna Freeney so please do come along to see his work.

Details of other participating galleries can be found at www.firstthursdays.co.uk

Andes by Michael Jacobs read by Nigel Planer

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 at 7.00pm

Meditations For Everyday Life with John McBretney

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 at 6.30pm

Suitable for everyone, this talk is based on a series of guided meditation CDs entitled, Meditations for Everyday Life. The talk will be given by John McBretney, the Resident Teacher at Heruka Centre in London, and will consist of a guided meditation, a short explanation on how to develop a meditation practice, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

This is a free event but booking is essential and in this case it should be done directly with the Heruka Centre on 020 8455 7563, not through bookshop.

www.meditateinlondon.org.uk/bookstore-talks.php

Andrew Pegram - Private View

Tuesday, 23 February 2010 at 6.00pm

Please join us to meet the artist and for a glass of wine at the private view of Andrew's exhibition here at the shop.

6pm to 8pm

Author signing of Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire

Saturday, 6 March 2010 at 11.00am

Iain Sinclair will be here signing copies of the paperback edition of his book Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire.

Details of times are to be confirmed so please check the website nearer the time.

Free

The Andes with Jason Wilson

Tuesday, 9 March 2010 at 7.00pm

The Thirties: An Intimate History with Juliet Gardiner

Tuesday, 23 March 2010 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Three Poets

Tuesday, 2 February 2010 at 7.00pm

Dress Behind Bars with Juliet Ash

Tuesday, 16 February 2010 at 7.00pm

Hackney: Modern, Restored, Forgotten, Ignored

Tuesday, 8 December 2009 at 7.00pm

Late night shopping on Broadway Market

Thursday, 10 December 2009 at 6.00pm

Come along for shopping, refreshment and entertainment until 9pm.

Late night shopping on Broadway Market

Thursday, 17 December 2009 at 6.00pm

More shopping until 9pm.

Private View: Nomad by Geoff Gunby

Friday, 30 October 2009 at 6.00pm

Join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the opening of the latest exhibition of etchings, drawings and photographs by Geoff Gunby.

6pm to 8pm

Talking the Broads: an evening with new writers

Wednesday, 11 November 2009 at 7.00pm

Creative Writing for Dummies with Maggie Hamand

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 at 7.00pm

The Last Englishman by Roland Chambers

Tuesday, 6 October 2009 at 7.00pm

East End Paradise - kitchen garden cooking in the city

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 at 7.00pm

East End Paradise - kitchen garden cooking in the city

Talking the Broads: an evening with new writers

Tuesday, 7 July 2009 at 7.00pm

Last Shop Standing by Graham Jones

Wednesday, 5 August 2009 at 7.00pm

Michael Horovitz - SOLD OUT

Friday, 5 June 2009 at 7.00pm

Michael Horovitz - SOLD OUT

Singles Evening!

Thursday, 12 March 2009 at 6.00pm

A book club without having to read the book.

By popular demand we are hosting our first single's evening. Come along for a glass of wine, a browse and a chat about books or anything else.

If it goes well, we could make it a regular feature so spread the word.

6pm to 8.30pm

Iain Sinclair - NOW STANDING ROOM ONLY, TICKETS ON DOOR, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 7.00pm

Iain Sinclair - NOW STANDING ROOM ONLY, TICKETS ON DOOR, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

Writers' Evening

Thursday, 23 April 2009 at 7.00pm

Tibor Fischer

Wednesday, 6 May 2009 at 7.00pm

On Guerrilla Gardening - STANDING ROOM ONLY, TICKETS ON DOOR FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

Wednesday, 25 February 2009 at 7.00pm

On Guerrilla Gardening - STANDING ROOM ONLY, TICKETS ON DOOR FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

Hocus Pocus - Be Baffled and Bewildered at The Broadway Bookshop!

Thursday, 11 December 2008 at 6.30pm

Hocus Pocus - Be Baffled and Bewildered at The Broadway Bookshop!

Passport to Enclavia by Vitali Vitaliev

Wednesday, 19 November 2008 at 7.00pm

Private View: Jenny Leach

Friday, 24 October 2008 at 6.30pm

Private View: Jenny LeachWe shall be celebrating the opening of our new exhibition of paintings by Jenny Leach. Please come along for this the new show and have a glass of wine.

Born in London, Jenny studied Fine Art Painting and Etching at Camberwell Art School in the mid/late 80's. Her work is predominantly based on scenarios from memory in day to day life, usually involving people. Her preferred medium is oil on canvas although etching is also an important element of her work. This exhibition includes a selection of her paintings and etchings. Jenny also teaches at Putney School of Art and Design.

Book launch: Canine Couture

Thursday, 16 October 2008 at 6.30pm

Book launch: Canine CouturePlease join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the publication of designer Lilly Shahravesh's book Canine Couture.

Lilly is the founder of Love My Dog, purveyors of pet couture and accessories, and Canine Couture details 25 designs for you to make for your dog.

Borrowing Books in Hackney

Wednesday, 8 October 2008 at 7.00pm

The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum

Wednesday, 17 September 2008 at 7.00pm

Summer Sale starts

Friday, 4 July 2008 at 10.00am

Some new books at half price plus many slightly damaged or out-of-print books much reduced. Lots of bargains.

Continues until Sunday 6th July.

Sunshine - One Man's Search for Happiness

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 at 6.30pm

Following the success of the beach party on 3rd May, Robert is returning to read and discuss his book Sunshine. So if you missed him the first time round, or would like to hear a bit more about the book, please join us for a glass of wine on a (hopefully) balmy summer's evening.

'This compulsive, utterly idiosyncratic, unmistakably British ... book is all feeling, radiating energy and nerves...' Antonia Quirke, The Sunday Times.

Duncan Hewitt reading and discussing Getting Rich First

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 at 6.30pm

Halfway to Venus by Sarah Anderson

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 at 6.45pm

"Sarah Anderson lost her left arm to cancer when she was ten. This is her unflinching account - a death sentence, an amputation, and then the long slow struggle against other people's attitudes, namely their own fear." Nicholas Shakespeare.

Sarah examines people's reactions, from the casual to the more highly charged; she looks at the effect, both erotic and otherwise, of having only one arm, describing both poignantly and entertainingly what she has learnt.

Reading this book, you'll learn that she's done more during her life than most of us with two arms, including starting The Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill in 1979, whose arrangement of guides and literature together is shamelessly replicated here in The Broadway Bookshop (Jane spent four years working for Sarah).

We shall be serving wine.

One Man and His Dig by Valentine Low

Wednesday, 14 May 2008 at 6.30pm

One Man and His Dig by Valentine Low

East London Printmakers exhibition evening view

Thursday, 1 May 2008 at 6.00pm

A second chance to view the East London Printmakers Box 2008 exhibition. Once you've cast your vote, join us for another glass of pastis and perhaps take away a print on the night.

We'll be open until 8pm and entry is free.

The Broadway Bookshop Bank Holiday Beach Bonanza

Saturday, 3 May 2008 at 10.00am

The Broadway Bookshop Bank Holiday Beach Bonanza

Take control of your finances - Juliane Otterbach launches her books Debt and Saving

Wednesday, 16 April 2008 at 6.30pm

Take control of your finances - Juliane Otterbach launches her books Debt and SavingJoin us for a glass of wine to celebrate the launch of Juliane Otterbach's two books 'Debt' and 'Saving'.

Juliane has worked on a variety of publishing and design projects for over a decade, including guide books, design titles and magazines. Her quirky Schadenfreude flickbooks have been an international success. In 2006 she set up her own company, Otterbach & Partners Ltd, and won a NESTA Creative Pioneer Award for her innovative publishing business concept.

She says: 'I really wanted to sort out my finances and be a bit more money savvy. When I was looking for a book about handling money I found there were none out there written for people like myself. I realized this must be frustrating and seriously problematic for many people. So it seemed a good idea to make finance books that look inviting and explain how things work in a non-patronising manner.'

She now runs the White Rabbit team, a creative young group of writers, illustrators, psychologists and money experts who laugh in the face of financial jargon and tweak the nose of the organizations who want to profit from your mistakes. Debt and its companion volume Saving are the first titles in an ongoing series.

Oliver Poole - The Red Zone

Thursday, 10 April 2008 at 6.30pm

East London Printmakers exhibition launch

Thursday, 3 April 2008 at 6.00pm

Join us for a glass of pastis to celebrate the launch of our new exhibition of twenty six original, limited edition prints by East London Printmakers.

Martin Horton - Different River

Monday, 31 March 2008 at 6.00pm

Martin Horton - Different River

The Resurrection of the Body by Maggie Hamand

Wednesday, 12 March 2008 at 6.30pm

Xiaolu Guo

Friday, 29 February 2008 at 6.30pm

Xiaolu Guo

James Meek

Thursday, 14 February 2008 at 6.30pm

James Meek

2nd birthday party and exhibition of new paintings by Martin Horton

Thursday, 29 November 2007 at 5.00pm

2nd birthday party and exhibition of new paintings by Martin HortonPlease join us to celebrate our 2nd birthday and the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Martin Horton - Different River.

There will be mince pies, mulled wine and 5% off all hardbacks.

5 - 8pm

Dark City Light City book launch

Thursday, 8 November 2007 at 6.00pm

Dark City Light City book launchWe are looking forward to hosting Michele Roberts and Carol Robertson for the launch of their book Dark City Light City, an exploration of London through words and images by writer and artist.

Drinks and book signing from 6 to 8pm.

We hope you can join us.

Hari Kunzru & Lee Rourke for Anything But Hackneyed

Thursday, 25 October 2007 at 6.30pm

We're looking forward to meeting local author Hari Kunzru for the next Anything But Hackneyed. Hari's latest novel My Revolutions is one of our recommendations this month.

Lee Rourke is returning to The Broadway Bookshop to read from his new novel Everyday. Lee lives in Hackney where he is the founder and editor of Scarecrow and a co-editor at 3AM magazine.

We hope to see you here.


James Mackinnon: London Fields - An exhibition of recent paintings.

Friday, 19 October 2007 at 6.30pm

James Mackinnon: London Fields - An exhibition of recent paintings.Private view for the new art exhibition at the Broadway Bookshop running until Sunday 11th November.

The paintings take the built environment and interiors as their inspiration. The initial focus has been London and the East End, although trips to New York, northern Italy and Morocco have created a more universal approach. The images are realistic yet slightly dream like in their stillness and atmosphere. This quality seems to evolve instinctively during the painting process.

"James Mackinnon blends the meticulousness of the Dutch Old Masters with the exactness of contemporary hard-edged urban realism. His carefully observed and subtley coloured studies are peculiarly compelling." David Buckman. Author. 'Artists in Britain since 1945'

www.jamesmackinnonfineart.com

Ronan Bennett

Thursday, 4 October 2007 at 6.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Ronan Bennett back to The Broadway Bookshop. Ronan's previous novels include The Catastrophist and Havoc, in its Third Year and he is joining us to read from his new novel, Zugzwang.

As well as being talented novelist, Ronan is also a journalist and writes for film and television, he wrote the screenplay for The Hamburg Cells (a docu-drama about the 9/11 attacks).

He's been nominated for the Whitbread Novel Award and has won numerous other prizes, including The Belfast Arts Award for Literature and the Irish Post Literature Award.

Tom McCarthy for Anything But Hackneyed and Write To Ignite

Thursday, 27 September 2007 at 6.30pm

We're looking forward to meeting Tom McCarthy, author of Tintin and the Secret of Literature, who will be reading from his novel Remainder and his new book Men In Space.

Joining Tom are Matthew De Abaitua who will be reading from his debut novel and George Poles and Simon Littlefield, co-authors of As A Dodo.

This event is also part of Hackney's Write to Ignite Festival, please see www.writetoignite.co.uk

Iain Sinclair introduces Rachel Lichtenstein

Thursday, 13 September 2007 at 6.30pm

Geoff Gunby

Friday, 7 September 2007 at 6.00pm

Geoff is returning to The Broadway Bookshop for an exhibition of his new paintings. To celebrate we shall be holding an opening on Friday 7th September, 6pm to 8.30pm.

We hope to see you there.

Michael Horovitz

Thursday, 20 September 2007 at 6.30pm

Green is the New Black by Tamsin Blanchard

Thursday, 6 September 2007 at 6.30pm

Niven Govinden for Anything But Hackneyed

Thursday, 12 July 2007 at 6.30pm

Niven Govinden for Anything But HackneyedWe are looking forward to meeting Niven who will be reading from his second and latest novel Graffiti My Soul.

'Proving that bad things do happen in Surrey....Graffiti My Soul convincingly evokes a world of listless yet energetic teenagers and the private code of loyalties and rivalries governing their everyday life.' (Financial Times)

Joining Niven are Adelle Stripe of Brutalist fame and Melissa Mann.

Nick Rosen - How to Live Off-grid: Journeys Outside the System

Thursday, 28 June 2007 at 6.30pm

Toby Litt for Anything But Hackneyed

Thursday, 24 May 2007 at 6.30pm

We're delighted that Toby Litt will be joining us to read from his new novel Hospital.

Toby studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia where he was taught by Malcolm Bradbury, winning the 1995 Curtis Brown Fellowship. In 2003 he was nominated by Granta magazine as one of the 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'.

Reading alongside Toby will be Lee Rourke and Heidi James. Lee lives in Hackney where he is the founder and editor of Scarecrow and a co-editor at 3AM magazine. Heidi has previously worked as a receptionist for a dominatrix, as an actress and artists' model and set up the independent publishing company, Social Disease.

Susan Elderkin for Anything But Hackneyed

Thursday, 29 March 2007 at 6.30pm

Susan's first novel Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains won the prestigious Betty Trask Award and her second novel The Voices was nominated for the Ondaatje award.

Both Orange Futures and Granta have recognised her as one of the most distinctive and talented British writers of our time. So, it's a real pleasure to have her at Anything But Hackneyed.

Alongside Susan will be other surprise guests reading the kind of genuinely exciting writing we're starting to get known for. If you'd like to submit work for consideration please send it to submissions@anythingbuthackneyed.com. Submissions should be no longer than 1,500 words and can be much shorter.

Ronan Bennett for Anything But Hackneyed

Thursday, 26 April 2007 at 6.30pm

David Peat

Wednesday, 18 April 2007 at 6.30pm

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