The Broadway Bookshop
6 Broadway Market
Hackney
London E8 4QJ

Phone: 020 7241 1626

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

Events

Keep in Touch

Join our mailing list to be kept informed of upcoming events.

Current Exhibition

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

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

* * *

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

* * *

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

* * *

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

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

Previous Events held at Broadway Bookshop

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

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 6.30pm

Please join us to celebrate the launch of How to be a Beta Male by Robert Crampton -- the new book-length collection of the award-winning journalist's best writing from his eponymous column in The Times -- on Wednesday 28 June from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m. There will be drinks and Robert will be on hand to talk with guests and sign copies of the book.

Please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com

* * *

Originally from Hull in east Yorkshire, journalist Robert Crampton moved to London Fields 22 years ago. His long-running, light-hearted “Beta Male” column in The Times Saturday Magazine frequently documents the life of his family, friends and neighbours in south Hackney. Many local notables (including Jo at Holistic Health, Dr Cahill at the medical centre, Sapan the personal trainer, Fabian the tennis coach, Mustafa the newsagent, Tony the hardware guy, Maria on the park bench and most of all Nicola, the ultra-busy, ultra-competent, ultra-alpha wife) are celebrated in Robert’s work.

For more information about the book and the author please visit Penguin Books.

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***EVENT FULLY BOOKED***

We are delighted to announce that Niall Kishtainy, author of the recently published A Little History of Economics (Yale University Press), will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 3 May to discuss how some of the economic ideas explored in the book – those that view politics as just another market – have cast a shadow over contemporary attitudes to politics and contributed to the disillusionment that led to the Brexit and Trump votes. We’re often in the grip of old economic ideas without knowing it, and only by taking account of history – so often overlooked by economists – can we understand the true power of economic rhetoric, whether for good or ill.

Tickets are £3 (includes glass of wine). For booking please email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com or call: 020 7241 1626.

* * *

About the book:

What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in the economy a blessing or a curse? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can be daunting. A Little History of Economics is a clear, accessible and engaging book ideal for young readers new to economics and for anyone who seeks a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas from ancient times right up to the present day.

Economic historian Niall Kishtainy presents short chronological chapters that focus on big ideas and events. He introduces key thinkers including Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes alongside historical turning points such as the invention of money, the rise of capitalism and the Great Depression, as well as topics including entrepreneurship, environmental destruction, inequality, and behavioural economics and financial crashes. The result is a book that succeeds in illuminating the economic ideas and forces that shape our world at a time when they feel more urgent than ever.

‘Many people wish they knew more about economic ideas—but not enough, apparently, to endure the discomfort they imagine that reading about them would entail. Niall Kishtainy’s A Little History of Economics solves their problem: its brief, charming vignettes read effortlessly, yet faithfully capture the deep insights that have so profoundly transformed how we think about our world.’
- Robert H. Frank, author of The Economic Naturalist

To find out more about the book and Yale's 'Little Histories' series please visit Yale Books.

* * *

About the author:

Niall Kishtainy, former economic policy adviser to the UK government and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, is guest teacher, department of economic history, London School of Economics, and author of The Economics Book and Economics in Minutes. He lives in London.

www.niallkishtainy.com

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

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 at 7.00pm

We are very pleased to announce that author Daniel Swift will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 1 March to read from and talk about his new book The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics and Madness of Ezra Pound (published by Penguin). Tickets are £3. For booking please email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com or call: 020 7241 1626.

* * *

About the book:

In 1945, the American poet Ezra Pound was due to stand trial for treason for his broadcasts in Fascist Italy during the Second World War.

Before the trial could take place, however, he was pronounced insane. Escaping a possible death sentence, he was sent to St Elizabeths Hospital near Washington, DC, where he was held for over a decade.

At the hospital, Pound was at his most infamous, and most contradictory. He was a genius and a traitor; a great poet and a madman. He was also an irresistible figure and, in his cell on Chestnut Ward and in the elegant hospital grounds, he was visited by the major poets and writers of his time. T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Charles Olson and Frederick Seidel all went to sit with him. They listened to him speak, and wrote of what they had seen. This was perhaps the world’s most unorthodox literary salon: convened by a fascist, held in a lunatic asylum, with chocolate brownies and mayonnaise sandwiches served for tea.

Pound continues to divide all who read and think of him. At the hospital, the doctors who studied him and the poets who learned from him each had a different understanding of this wild and most difficult man. Tracing Pound through the eyes of his visitors, The Bughouse tells the story of politics, madness and modern art in the twentieth century.

About the author:

Daniel Swift teaches at the New College of the Humanities and is the author of Bomber County (Hamish Hamilton, 2010), which was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Guardian First Book award, and Shakespeare’s Common Prayers (Oxford, 2012). He is the editor of The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems of John Berryman (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014). His reviews, essays, and profiles have appeared in The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Harper’s, The Financial Times, the New Statesman, and The Spectator.

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 GUOWe are very happy to announce that Hackney-based author and film-maker Xiaolu Guo (a Granta Best of Young British Novelists) will be launching her new memoir Once Upon A Time in the East at the shop on Chinese New Year's Eve / Friday 27 January 2017.

Xiaolu's outstanding collection of work, including A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth and I Am China, continues to make an important contribution to the shop and its community and we are delighted to be involved in the celebrations of her latest book.

Drinks will be served from 6.30 p.m. and Xiaolu will make a short reading at 7.30 p.m.

Signed copies of Once Upon A Time in The East will be available, in addition to many of Xiaolu's other publications.

RSVP books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

* * *

About the book:

Novelist Xiaolu Guo writes the extraordinary story of her childhood in rural China, her young adulthood in the Beijing underground and her move to the West in search of freedom of expression.

Born in 1973 at the tail end of the Cultural Revolution, Xiaolu was originally given away by her parents to a farming family. Too poor even to feed the baby, the farmers returned Xiaolu to her grandparents where she had a hard-scrabble early childhood in a fishing village overlooking the straits of Taiwan. Looked after by her grandmother in a feudal house ruled over by her bitter grandfather, she learned how to live a solitary life. Occasionally Western goods would wash up on the beach to the curiosity of the inhabitants. These small interventions from distant places made the young Xiaolu realise there was a world beyond the confines of her village. The visit of a group of art students who came to the village to paint the sea was a revelation of alternative visions of reality. So began her artistic and physical journey - a journey that would take her far from her roots but with China always deep inside her.

Guo is one of the few Chinese women writers of her generation to have made an impact on the international stage with her novels and films, as well as being an outspoken public personality. This powerful memoir is a Wild Swans for a new generation.

About the author:

Xiaolu Guo was born in China and now lives in London. She is the author of Village of Stone; A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers; 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth; Lovers in the Age of Indifference; UFO in her Eyes, made into an award-winning film by Xiaolu herself; I Am China; and most recently Once Upon A Time in the East. Xiaolu is also a successful film-maker of feature films and documentaries; her work has premiered all over the world and won numerous awards, most recently at the Venice Film Festival. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, a list drawn up once a decade.

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

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 at 7.00pm

We are thrilled to announce that Daniel Rachel will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 7 December to read and talk about his new book WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN (published by Picador). Daniel's remarkable oral history - which brilliantly captures the mood on the streets of British cities before and after the epoch-changing rise of Rock Against Racism - will be introduced by writer Ken Worpole, who remembers when Hackney’s streets were on the front line.

Tickets £3 (includes glass of wine). For booking please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com or call 020 7241 1626. For further information please see below.

* * *

About the book:

In August 1976, Eric Clapton made an inflammatory speech in support of Enoch Powell and ‘black’ repatriation, sparking an anti-racism campaign that would soon radicalise an entire generation. The following sixteen years saw politics and pop music come together as never before to challenge racism, gender inequality and social and class divisions. For the first time in UK history, musicians became instigators of social change; and their political persuasion as important as the songs they sang.

Through the voices of campaigners, musicians, artists and politicians, Daniel Rachel charts this extraordinary and pivotal period between 1976 and 1992, following the rise and fall of three key movements of the time: Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone, and Red Wedge, revealing how they both shaped, and were shaped by, the music of a generation.

Consisting of new and exclusive in-depth conversations with over 100 contributors, including Pauline Black, Billy Bragg, Jerry Dammers, Phill Jupitus, Neil Kinnock, Linton Kwesi-Johnson, Tom Robinson, Clare Short, Tracey Thorn and many more, Walls Come Tumbling Down is a fascinating, polyphonic and authoritative account of those crucial sixteen years in Britain's history, from the acclaimed writer of Isle of Noises.

Walls Come Tumbling Down also features more than 150 images – many rare or previously unpublished – from some of the greatest names in photography, including Adrian Boot, Chalkie Davies, Jill Furmanovsky, Syd Shelton, Pennie Smith, Steve Rapport and Virginia Turbett.

“We were trying to change the world in our tiny way by stopping the rise of fascism amongst youth with the power of music.” - Red Saunders, founder of Rock Against Racism.

‘An amazing oral history’ Billy Bragg

* * *

Daniel Rachel wrote his first song when he was sixteen and was the lead-singer in Rachels Basement. He was first eligible to vote in the 1992 General Election and now lives in north London with his partner and three children. Daniel is the author of Isle of Noises: Conversations with Great British Songwriters – a Guardian and NME Book of the Year – also published by Picador, and a regular guest contributor on BBC Radio 5.

www.danielrachel.com

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.

Ken is Emeritus Professor, Cities Institute London Metropolitan University, and has served on the UK government’s Urban Green Spaces Task Force, on the Expert Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and as an adviser to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

www.worpole.net

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

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 at 7.00pm

We are thrilled to announce that art historian Franny Moyle - author of The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J. M. W. Turner, published by Penguin Viking - will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 9 November 2016 to give a special talk on the visionary landscape painter. Uniquely, Franny will chart the life of Turner through the homes where he lived: in Covent Garden, Marylebone, Twickenham and Chelsea; and the houses where he was a frequent guest: Mrs Booth's boarding house in Margate, Petworth in Sussex and Farnley Hall in Yorkshire. Tickets £3 (includes glass of wine). For booking please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com or call 020 7241 1626. For further information please see below.

About the book:

J. M. W. Turner is Britain's most famous landscape painter. Yet beyond his artistic achievements, little is known of the man himself and the events of his life: the tragic committal of his mother to a lunatic asylum, the personal sacrifices he made to effect his stratospheric rise, and the bizarre double life he chose to lead in the last years of his life.

A near-mythical figure in his own lifetime, Franny Moyle tells the story of the man who was considered visionary at best and ludicrous at worst. A resolute adventurer, he found new ways of revealing Britain to the British, astounding his audience with his invention and intelligence. Set against the backdrop of the finest homes in Britain, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, this is an astonishing portrait of one of the most important figures in Western art and a vivid evocation of Britain and Europe in flux.

Set against this spectacular and ultimately controversial career, Moyle also excavates the private Turner. Psychologically wounded as a child, by a family torn apart by death and mental illness, she suggests a man who could not embrace relationships fully until the very end of his life. Only then did he succumb to his love for the widowed Sophia Booth, concealing this all too human aspect of his life behind an assumed identity. She mines the poignancy of his final years, when, with his health ailing, Turner sought solace in a secret private life that had eluded him before and that he knew would scandalise the new generation of Victorians.

About the author:

Franny Moyle studied Art History at St John's College, Cambridge. She enjoyed a career in arts programming at the BBC that culminated in her becoming the corporation's first Commissioner for Arts and Culture. She is now a freelance executive producer, a Director of the Hackney Empire and writer and lives in east London. She is the author of Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde and Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites, which was adapted into the BBC drama serial 'Desperate Romantics'.

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

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 at 7.00pm

We are thrilled to announce that poets Beverley Bie Brahic and Patrick Mackie will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 12 October at 7 pm to read from their latest collections published by CB editions: Hunting the Boar and The Further Adventures Of The Lives Of The Saints. Signed copies of the books will be available and in addition there will be a range of CB editions titles specially selected for the event.Tickets are £3 (includes glass of wine). For booking please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com or call 020 7241 1626. Readings start at 7 pm. For further information please see below.

* * *

Hunting The Boar by Beverley Bie Brahic
(Poetry Book Society Recommendation)

‘I want this to happen in a second / on the page,’ Brahic writes in ‘Stations in the Metro’. ‘But the mind keeps thinking other things.’ Poised and intimately crafted, Brahic’s poems flicker restlessly in their attention to everything – history, memories, food, desire – that is the present moment.

Beverley Bie Brahic is a prize-winning poet and translator of Apollinaire, Yves Bonnefoy and Francis Ponge. Her previous collection, White Sheets, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Her translation of selected poems by Francis Ponge, Unfinished Ode to Mud (CBe, 2008) was widely praised and was a finalist for the 2009 Popescu Prize for European poetry in translation; her translations of poems by Apollinaire, The Little Auto, were published by CBe in early 2012. A Canadian, she lives in Paris and California.

'A book of craft, music and a collected vision of life that provides pleasure on every page.'
– Eavan Boland

‘Perhaps partly because of Brahic’s translation work, there’s a sense of joy in language . . . White Sheets is immensely readable, skilfully crafted and rich with ideas and feeling.’
– Katherine Stansfield, Magma

* * *

The Further Adventures Of The Lives Of The Saints by Patrick Mackie

The river Rhine starts to flow through Gloucestershire. Someone reads Russian poetry as a general election approaches. The people who live on the sun turn out to be worried about the people down here on earth – who include, in other poems, John Wayne and Osip Mandelstam, Simone Weil and Margaret Thatcher and Amy Winehouse. Casting its lines across rainfall and motorways and the lives of the saints alike, mining a wild humour from the vastness of our cultural disarray, The Further Adventures Of The Lives Of The Saints gives a new account of what the modern lyric is capable of.

‘Mackie conjures, amongst other things, the strange aliveness of the countryside at night and the churning dynamics of the universe; he is compelling on the hallucinatory energies of both the urban and the rural, as well as on the eerie emotional life of the roads and cars that connect them . . . These poems take strides with an unpredictable and teeming energy, and the result is a world seen through a gaze that is both meticulous and wild.’
– Katherine Angel

* * *

CB editions

Founded in 2007, CB editions publishes chiefly short fiction (including work by Will Eaves, Gabriel Josipovici, David Markson and May-Lan Tan) and poetry (Beverley Bie Brahic, Nancy Gaffield, J.O. Morgan, D. Nurske, Dan O'Brien). Writers published in translation include Apollinaire, Andrzej Bursa, Joaquin Giannuzzi, Gert Hofmann, Agota Kristof and Francis Ponge.

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

Saturday, 17 September 2016 at 12.00am

Please join special guest Oliver Rowe - the celebrated chef, restaurateur and author of Food for All Seasons (published by Faber & Faber) - on Saturday 17 September for an afternoon of book signing and food tasting. Oliver will be set up outside the front of the shop from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to share his wonderful food and knowledge and answer your culinary questions.

* * *

'There is a darkness to the taste of elderberries that's almost gothic . . . It is now, as we reach the cusp of the season, that the first hint of the year's mortality rises in the east. Winter is on its way - the rain, the cold, the mulchy leaves and soggy soil. None of that has yet arrived, but the taste of elderberries gives you an inkling.'
(from 'September')

* * *

About the book:

Food for All Seasons takes us on a touching and informative culinary journey through the seasons, exploring the way our lives and our food are intertwined.

It's a book of recipes, but more than that it's a book about food, and a book about an extraordinary chef whose career spans nearly two decades.

Oliver draws on his own story as a chef, a restaurateur and a lover of food to bring seasonality to life. With beautiful illustrations and delicious seasonal recipes, Food for All Seasons will help you understand food better and make you want to engage with the food seasons in an exciting and practical way.

About the author:

Oliver Rowe trained at Moro and went on to open Konstam, his now legendary café in King's Cross and Konstam at the Prince Albert, an award winning ultra-local restaurant. There he focussed on local, seasonal food and starred in BBC2's The Urban Chef which tracked his efforts to uncover suppliers in and around London. He now works on a variety of food projects, including residencies, demos, pop-ups and a monthly seasonal supper club at the London Cooking Project in Battersea. Oliver is also a food stylist whose work has appeared in many publications including The Guardian and The Sunday Times.

www.oliver-rowe.co.uk

Book Launch / THE DESTRUCTIVES by Matthew De Abaitua

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 at 6.30pm

Book Launch / THE DESTRUCTIVES by Matthew De AbaituaWe are delighted to announce that local writer Matthew De Abaitua will be launching his new novel THE DESTRUCTIVES (published by Angry Robot Books) at the shop on Tuesday 8 March. Doors will open at 6.30 p.m. Drinks will be served and copies of THE DESTRUCTIVES will be signed. The event is free. Please RSVP to: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com. We hope you can join us! Please see below to find out more about the book and author.

***

About THE DESTRUCTIVES:

Theodore Drown is a destructive. A recovering addict to weirdcore, he’s keeping his head down lecturing at the university of the Moon. Twenty years after the appearance of the first artificial intelligence, and humanity is stuck. The AIs or, as they preferred to be called, emergences have left Earth and reside beyond the orbit of Mercury in a Stapledon Sphere known as the university of the sun. The emergences were our future but they chose exile. All except one. Dr Easy remains, researching a single human life from beginning to end. Theodore’s life.

One day, Theodore is approached by freelance executive Patricia to investigate an archive of data retrieved from just before the appearance of the first emergence. The secret living in that archive will take him on an adventure through a stunted future of asylum malls, corporate bloodrooms and a secret off-world colony where Theodore must choose between creating a new future for humanity or staying true to his nature, and destroying it.

***

About Matthew De Abaitua:

Matthew lived and worked as Will Self’s amanuensis in a remote cottage in Suffolk, after he graduated with an MA in Creative Writing. His short story ‘Inbetween’ was included in the bestselling anthology Disco Biscuits and adapted as a short film by Channel 4. His first novel The Red Men (Snowbooks 2007, Gollancz ebook 2013) was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. In 2013, the first chapter was adapted as a short film ‘Dr. Easy’ by directors Shynola (produced by Film4 and Warp) as a precursor to a feature film, currently in development. ‘Dr. Easy’ currently has had 237k views on Vimeo.

Matthew currently lectures on Creative Writing at Brunel University and Writing Science Fiction at the University of Essex. You can find Matthew online at his website: www.harrybravado.com and on Twitter @MDeAbaitua.

***

For further information please visit: www.angryrobotbooks.com

***

Praise for Matthew's previous novel IF THEN:

“Sumptuously written, with prose that glitters with a dark lustre like a Damien Hirst fly collage. intricately plotted, and a satirical point as sharp and accurate as the scalpel of a brain surgeon: De Abaitua operates on the smiling face of the present to reveal the grimacing skull of the future.”
– Will Self

“This is the kind of post-apocalypse, after-it-all-changed novel — with clever codicils — that the Brits do with so much more classy, idiosyncratic style than anyone else. It is full of magisterial weirdness, logical surrealism, melancholy joy and hopeful terror. If I begin to toss out names like Adam Roberts, Brian Aldiss, Keith Roberts, and J. G. Ballard, I will not be lavishing undue praise.” 
– Paul Di Filippo, for Locus Magazine

***

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

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 at 4.00pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been CANCELLED and will be rescheduled in the New Year. Sincere apologies for any inconveniences caused.

Local writer Roland Chambers will be appearing at the shop on Tuesday 8 December at 4 p.m. to read from his new children's novel Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody - a swashbucking sea-adventure, teeming with strange, tentacled things, illustrated by Ella Okstad and published by Oxford University Press. Signed copies of Nelly will be on sale and lemons (for scurvy) will be served. The event is free. If you'd like to join Nelly and set out in a boat with knitted sails to discover her long-lost father, with only her turtle, Columbus, for company, then please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Nelly isn’t the sort of person to stand around with her mouth open letting the flies buzz in and out. When her father, Captain Peabody, disappears with a group of gentleman explorers on a voyage of zoological and botanical discovery, she decides to search him out, however difficult or dangerous the adventure.

So off she goes in a boat with knitted sails and only her turtle, Columbus, for company. And by and by her courage is rewarded. But why has Captain Peabody stayed away so long, and will he come home? And should Nelly care, either way, given that she is captain of her own ship and has promises of her own to keep?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roland Chambers is the author of Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody, the first of a series of books written for 7+ readers; and The Last Englishman – a biography of Arthur Ransome – which won a Jerwood award from the Royal Society of Literature and the WH Fisher prize. His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, and his writing in the Guardian, the Times, and the Sunday Times. He is currently working for the charity First Story, and as writer-in-residence at Pimlico Academy and The Bridge in Fulham.

BOOK LAUNCH: SKINNING OUT ~ TO SEA by MICK HUGO

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 7.00pm

We are delighted to announce the launch of SKINNING OUT ~ TO SEA - in which local author Mick Hugo recounts his life as a merchant seaman during the 1960s - on Wednesday 25 November at 7 p.m. There will be readings and the author will be joined in conversation with writer and historian Ken Worpole, who has written an introduction to the book. Signed copies of Skinning Out, published by Bowline Books and designed by Sam Blunden, will be on sale. Wine will be served. The event, of course, is free. We hope you can join us! Please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK

'In the 1960s, when Hoxton-born Mick Hugo ‘skinned out’ to sea he was joining more than 150,000 other British merchant seamen then serving on ships across the world. The Merchant Navy provided a safety valve for a lot of young workingclass men, enabling them to tear up their past and start again. Yet we have very little idea of what life was like, ‘cabined, cribbed, confined’ at sea for long periods of time amongst strangers, who became by default, in Hugo’s words, ‘your adopted family’.

Skinning Out provides a rare and affectionate portrait of life above and below decks, as well as bouts of shore leave mayhem, all described with insight and humour, enlivened by the writer’s own captivating illustrations.' — Ken Worpole

Skinning Out ~ To Sea is set in Doves Type. Created by Robert Green using sources from original Doves Press publications and metal sorts recovered from the River Thames by Robert Green and the Port of London Authority salvage team. Designed by Sam Blunden, and printed on Cairn Natural White and Colourplan Imperial Blue, in London by Xtra-Print.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mick Hugo was born in 1946 in Hoxton, in the East End of London. He grew up with his mother, a dressmaker, his father, a demolition worker, and his sister. At 15 he joined the Merchant Navy and left during the 1966 Seamen’s Strike. He rejoined as a casual, finally leaving in 1972. Mick became a painter and decorator, then a general builder. He is a self-taught painter, sculptor and illustrator. His wife died in 1999, he has three children and six grandchildren. He still lives in the East End.

TEN YEARS of THE BROADWAY BOOKSHOP

Friday, 4 December 2015 at 6.30pm

You are invited to celebrate Ten Years of The Broadway Bookshop on Friday 4 December, from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m. To mark the occasion, we are hoping you, our customers, will be able to join artists who have exhibited in the shop, writers who have talked here and poets and players who have entertained us over the years. There will be food and wine from L’eau à La Bouche and an exhibition of new paintings by Martin Horton.

As a thank you for your involvement and continued support of the shop, we will be offering a 10% discount throughout the day and evening.

Please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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

Thursday, 15 October 2015 at 6.30pm

The Broadway Bookshop invites you to celebrate the opening of L'Ultima Sigaretta: Drawings by Thibault Boutherin on Thursday 15 October. This is Thibault's first exhibition at the shop and we are delighted to introduce his work to our customers. Doors will open at 6.30 p.m. and drinks will be served. We hope you can join us. Please RSVP:
books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

Artist's Press Release:

With L'Ultima Sigaretta, Boutherin gives a glimpse into the idea of absence and departure, not as a beginning or end, but as a permanent state. It questions the shadow of the missing, the people and times left behind, as steady travelling companions and it attempts to depict the mandatory urge, tastes and bitterness, proper to the closing of an essential era.

A macabre collection of 15 pen on paper drawings, Boutherin hopes to challenge pre-existing concepts on the idea of human loss.

Born in Angers, France in 1981, Boutherin’s drawings and paintings have been previously displayed in Paris and at the Karolyi Foundation in Hungary. L’Ultima Sigaretta will be Boutherin’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom.

L'Ultima Sigaretta is open to the public during shop opening hours (Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm / Sunday 11 am - 5 pm) and continues until Sunday 15 November.

Original drawings from the exhibition will be on sale; for prices and availabity please contact the shop.

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 HAPPENINGWriter and journalist Ed Vulliamy will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 23 September in a special event to celebrate the publication of Everything is Happening and its author Michael Jacobs, the much-missed travel and art writer, gourmet and friend to many, who was working on the book when he died in 2014. Ed will be joined in conversation by friends and colleagues of Michael. The evening will be introduced by Jackie Rae.

The event is free but spaces are limited. Please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

About Everything is Happening:

Michael Jacobs was haunted by Velázquez's enigmatic masterpiece Las Meninas from first encountering it in the Prado as a teenager. In Everything is Happening Jacobs searches for the ultimate significance of the painting by following the trails of associations from each individual character in the picture, as well as his own memories of and relationship to this extraordinary work.

From Jacobs' first trip to Spain, to the complex politics of Golden Age Madrid, to his meeting with the man who saved Las Meninas during the Spanish Civil war, via Jacobs' experiences of the sunless world of the art history academy, Jacobs' dissolves the barriers between the past and the present, the real and the illusory.

Cut short by Jacobs' death in 2014, and completed with an introduction and coda of great sensitivity and insight by his friend and fellow lover of art, the journalist Ed Vulliamy, this visionary, meditative and often very funny book is a passionate, personal manifesto for the liberation of how we look at painting.

About MICHAEL JACOBS:

Michael Jacobs was born in Italy and studied art history in London and the US. He is the author of several travel books, including The Factory of Light, The Robber of Memories, and Andes and was shortlisted for the 2004 Thomas Cook Travel Book Prize and the 2013 Dolman Travel Book Award. He lived in Spain and London. He died in January 2014.

About ED VULLIAMY:

Ed Vulliamy is a journalist and writes for the Guardian and Observer. He has been shortlisted for an Amnesty International Media Award for his reporting on Mexico. For his work in Bosnia, Italy, the US and Iraq he has won a James Cameron Award and an Amnesty International Media Award and has been named International Reporter of the Year (twice) and runner-up at the Foreign Press Association Awards. In 1996 he became the first journalist to ever testify at an international crimes court, at the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia. A believer in the duty of journalists to testify in matters of humanitarian law, he has since lectured extensively on the subject. He is the author of Amexica: War Along The Borderline and The War is Dead, Long Live The War, both published by Vintage.

IF THEN by Matthew De Abaitua / Book Launch

Thursday, 3 September 2015 at 6.30pm

IF THEN by Matthew De Abaitua / Book LaunchWe are delighted to announce that local writer Matthew De Abaitua will be launching his new novel IF THEN (published by Angry Robot) at the shop on Thursday 3 September. Doors will open at 6.30 p.m. Drinks will be served and copies of IF THEN will be signed. The event, of course, is free. Please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com. We hope you can join us!

About IF THEN:

In the near future, after the collapse of society as we know it, one English town survives under the protection of the computer algorithms of the Process, which governs every aspect of their lives. The Process gives and it takes. It allocates jobs and resources, giving each person exactly what it has calculated they will need. But it also decides who stays under its protection, and who must be banished to the wilderness beyond. Human life has become totally algorithm-driven, and James, the town bailiff, is charged with making sure the Process’s suggestions are implemented.

But now the Process is making soldiers. It is readying for war — the First World War. Mysteriously, the Process is slowly recreating events that took place over a hundred years ago, and is recruiting the town’s men to fight in an artificial reconstruction of the Dardanelles campaign. James, too, must go fight. And he will discover that the Process has become vastly more sophisticated and terrifying than anyone had believed possible.

“Sumptuously written, with prose that glitters with a dark lustre like a Damien Hirst fly collage. intricately plotted, and a satirical point as sharp and accurate as the scalpel of a brain surgeon: De Abaitua operates on the smiling face of the present to reveal the grimacing skull of the future.” - Will Self

About Matthew De Abaitua:

Matthew lived and worked as Will Self’s amanuensis in a remote cottage in Suffolk, after he graduated with an MA in Creative Writing. His short story ‘Inbetween’ was included in the bestselling anthology Disco Biscuits and adapted as a short film by Channel 4. His first novel The Red Men (Snowbooks 2007, Gollancz ebook 2013) was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. In 2013, the first chapter was adapted as a short film ‘Dr. Easy’ by directors Shynola (produced by Film4 and Warp) as a precursor to a feature film, currently in development. ‘Dr. Easy’ currently has had 237k views on Vimeo.

Matthew currently lectures on Creative Writing at Brunel University and Writing Science Fiction at the University of Essex. You can find Matthew online at his website: www.harrybravado.com and on Twitter @MDeAbaitua.

For further information please visit: www.angryrobotbooks.com

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

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 at 7.00pm

***TICKETS SOLD OUT***

We are delighted to announce that writer and film-maker Iain Sinclair will be appearing at the shop to read and talk about two new books - London Overground and Black Apples of Gower - that together explore opposing territories: the overground of London's orbital railway, and the underworld of the Gower Peninsula. Signed copies of both books will be available to buy, as well as a large selection of Iain's other writings. Tickets are £3 (includes a glass of wine). Places are limited: we recommend booking in advance on: 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

About London Overground:
(from the publisher)

The completion of the full circle of the London Overground in December 2012 provides Iain Sinclair with a new path to walk the shifting territory of the capital.

With thirty-three stations and thirty-five miles to tramp - plus inevitable and unforeseen detours and false steps - Sinclair embarks on a marathon circumnavigation at street level, tracking the necklace of garages, fish farms, bakeries, convenience cafes, cycle repair shops and Minder lock-ups which enclose inner London.

Here he encounters traces of writers gone or nearly forgotten, uncovers evidence of careless erasures and incongruous overlappings, follows signs of decay hijacked by official rejuvenation and generally slips between the cracks of the approved and over-capitalized.

About Black Apples of Gower:
(from the publisher)

Iain Sinclair walks back along the blue-grey roads and the cliff-top paths of his childhood in south Wales, rediscovering the Gower Peninsula, a place first explored in his youth. Provoked by the strange, enigmatic series of paintings, Afal du Brogwyr (Black Apple of Gower), made by the artist Ceri Richards in the 1950s, Sinclair leaves behind the familiar, ‘murky elsewheres’ of his life in Hackney, carrying an envelope of black-and-white photographs and old postcards, along with fragments of memory that neither confirm nor deny whether he belongs here, amongst the wave-cut limestone, the car parks and the Gower bungalows.

But digging and sifting, he soon recognises that a series of walks over the same ground – Port Eynon Point to Worm’s Head – have become significant waymarks in his life, and his recollections of a meeting with the poet of place, Vernon Watkins, is an opening into the legends of the rocks and the mythology behind the Black Apples of Ceri Richards and the poems of Dylan Thomas.

Under cliff, along limestone shores, Sinclair comes to realise that the defining quest must be to the Paviland Cave, where in 1823 the Reverend William Buckland found human bones put to ground 36,000 years ago. All the threads of this story lead underground, through this potent and still mysterious cavern, to the site of the first recorded ritual burial in these islands.

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 HamandLocal writer Maggie Hamand will be launching and reading from her new novel Doctor Gavrilov on Friday 30 January.

Signed copies of the book will be on sale and wine will be served. The event is free.

Please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

Doctor Gavrilov is set in 1992, just after the Soviet Union broke up, and follows the story of a Russian nuclear scientist who is trying to start a new life in London. But the secret knowledge he possesses attracts those wanting to develop clandestine nuclear weapons as well as the intelligence agencies trying to prevent this. Based on meticulous research in London, Moscow and Vienna, the novel acts at two levels; both as a thriller and as a Faustian allegory exploring the corrupting nature of nuclear technology and the ruthlessness of those who want to gain access to it.

‘Like the very best Le Carré… gripped me more than anything I’ve read for a long time’ - Julian Rathbone, author of King Fisher Lives and Joseph

Maggie Hamand is a journalist, non-fiction author and novelist. She was the winner of the first World One-Day Novel cup and her first novel, The Resurrection of the Body, was first published by Michael Joseph and has been optioned several times for film and television. She is also author of The Rocket Man and has also had short stories published and shortlisted for prizes. She taught creative writing at Morley College, was Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison, London and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at London University of the Arts. She founded and was director of the acclaimed small independent publisher The Maia Press from 2002-2010 and also runs The Complete Creative Writing Course at The Groucho Club. She has recently published Creative Writing For Dummies and Creative Writing Exercises for Dummies.

POETRY READING: with MARTINA EVANS + LIANE STRAUSS

Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at 7.00pm

POETRY READING: with MARTINA EVANS + LIANE STRAUSSMartina Evans will be appearing at the shop to read from her latest poetry collection: Burnfort, Las Vegas (Anvil). She will be joined by poet Liane Strauss, who will be reading from her collections Leaving Eden (Salt) and Frankie, Alfredo (Donut Press). Tickets are £3 (includes glass of wine). For booking please call: 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

To find out more about Martina and her work click here.

To find out more about Liane and her work click here.

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 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED... WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE


You are invited to celebrate the launch of Art Rules! (And How To Break Them) - a new box set that demystifies modern art - with author Mel Gooding and arch-collaborator Redstone Press on Tuesday 25 November. A great fan and long-term stockist of Redstone Press and its idiosyncratic backlist (Psychogames, anyone?), The Broadway Bookshop is delighted to be involved in the arrival of their latest creation. The event, of course, is free. Drinks will be served from 6.30 p.m.
RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com

From the publisher:

It is one of the great liberating ideas of modern art that everyone is capable of making art. But all too often a mechanical education stifles the creative impulse, induces anxiety and represses the imagination. ART RULES! offers a completely new key to enjoying and understanding art by showing how it is made. The box contains: 42 illustrated, interactive cards with images and informative texts and an original 64-page book MODERN ART: INSIDE OUT with chapters on the role of critics, drawing, art and nature and much more.

Signed copies of Art Rules! will be on sale. Price £19.95.

To find out more about Art Rules! please visit Redstone Press.

Matilda Tristram: Probably Nothing / Reading + Q&A

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 at 7.00pm

Matilda Tristram: Probably Nothing / Reading + Q&AMatilda Tristram will be appearing at the shop to read and project images from her new graphic memoir Probably Nothing, published by Penguin.

From the publisher:

Matilda was looking forward to having her first baby when she was suddenly diagnosed with cancer. Probably Nothing records the highs and lows of her treatment. The hopes and fears. The awkward conversations with friends and well-wishers. The irritation of still having to queue for croissants. The necessity of cherishing the small things in life. And, of course, the birth of baby James.

"The Steroids make my face go purple. My hands go red and swell up. Can't hang up the washing. Feels like chilblains. Swollen lips look quite good though."

Books will be signed and wine will be served.

Tickets are £3 (includes glass of wine). For booking please call 020 7241 1626 or email books@broadwaybookhophackney.com

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&AWe are delighted to announce that local writer Nick Hunt will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 28 May to read from and talk about his new book Walking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh Fermor's footsteps from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn - which has already gained high praise from writers like Robert Macfarlane ('A book about gifts, modernity, endurance and landscape, it represents a fine addition to the literature of the leg') and Artemis Cooper (“This moving and profoundly honest book sometimes brings a sense of unlimited freedom, sometimes joy, sometimes an extraordinary, dream-like dislocation: always accompanied by a dazzling sharpness of hearing and vision). Books will be signed and wine will be served. We hope you can make it. Tickets £3. For booking call 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

About the book

In 1933, the eighteen-year-old Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar. The books he later wrote about this walk, A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road are a half-remembered, half-reimagined journey through cultures now extinct, landscapes irrevocably altered by the traumas of the twentieth century. Aged eighteen, Nick Hunt read A Time of Gifts and dreamed of following in Fermor's footsteps. In 2011 he began his own great trudge - on foot all the way to Istanbul. He walked across Europe through eight countries, following two major rivers and crossing three mountain ranges. Using Fermor's books as his only travel guide, he trekked some 2,500 miles through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. His aim? To have an old-fashioned adventure. To slow down and linger in a world where we pass by so much, so fast. To discover for himself what remained of hospitality, kindness to strangers, freedom, wildness, adventure, the mysterious, the unknown, the deeper currents of myth and story that still flow beneath Europe's surface.

Nick Hunt grew up in Bristol, studied English Literature and Creative Writing at UEA, and spent the next few years living in Mexico, the USA and Spain before moving to London. He has written for The Economist, The Guardian and other publications, and recorded a documentary for BBC Radio 4. He also works as a storyteller, and co-editor of the Dark Mountain Journals.

Xiaolu Guo: I Am China / Book Launch

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 at 06.30am

Xiaolu Guo: I Am China / Book LaunchYou are invited to the launch of I Am China: the new novel from award-winning Hackney writer and film-maker Xiaolu Guo (Granta Best of Young British Novelists under 40). Xiaolu's work has always been an intrinsic part of The Broadway Bookshop and we are delighted to host this event. Copies of I Am China, along with all of Xiaolu's previous books, will be available. There will also be an opportunity for book signing. Please RSVP books@broadwaybookshophackney.com so we can add your name to the guest list. Wine will be served from 6.30 p.m. We hope to see you there.

About the Book

In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter: Dearest Mu, The sun is piercing, old bastard sky. I am feeling empty and bare. Nothing is in my soul, apart from the image of you. I am writing to you from a place I cannot tell you about yet…

In a detention centre in Dover exiled Chinese musician Jian is awaiting an unknown fate. In Beijing his girlfriend Mu sends desperate letters to London to track him down, her last memory of them together a roaring rock concert and Jian the king on stage. Until the police stormed in.

As Iona unravels the story of these Chinese lovers from their first flirtations at Beijing University to Jian's march in the Jasmine Revolution, Jian and Mu seem to be travelling further and further away from each other while Iona feels more and more alive. Intoxicated by their romance, Iona sets out to bring them back together, but time seems to be running out.

Xiaolu Guo was born in China and now lives in London. She is the author of Village of Stone, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, UFO in her Eyes, recently made into an award-winning film by Xiaolu herself, and a collection of short stories, Lovers in the Age of Indifference. Xiaolu Guo is also a successful filmmaker of feature films and documentaries; her work has premiered all over the world and won numerous awards, most recently at the Venice Film Festival. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, a list drawn up once a decade.

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&ALocal 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: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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 / Book Launch

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 6.30pm

Colin O'Brien: 65 / Book LaunchThe Broadway Bookshop invites you to the launch of 65: the new book by photographer Colin O'Brien.

In 65 images spanning 65 years, this beautifully crafted and thoughtfully curated retrospective gives O'Brien's admirers and those new to his work a unique, panoramic view of a career-long fascination with the everyday.

Signed copies of 65 will be available on the night. Wine will be served. Entry is free.

Please RSVP: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com

65 is printed on Munken papers carefully selected for their imaging qualities and subtle off-whites to evoke a feeling of nostalgia. The book is thread-sewn and open-bound allowing you to see the full image with nothing lost in the bind. Book design and curation by Vincent Howcutt. Price £25.

'Without deadlines or editorial demands O’Brien was free to document the world his way, searching for slices of fact that, when laid together formed their own personal fantasy.' - Joanna Pitman The Times

'His work is barely known because he never worked for publication or even for money, devoting himself single-mindedly to taking pictures for their own sake. Yet over the passage of time, as a consequence of the purism of his approach, the authority of Colin O’Brien’s superlative photography – distinguished by its human sympathy and aesthetic flair – stands comparison with any of the masters of twentieth century British photography.' - The Gentle Author

To find out more about Colin and his photography please visit www.colinobrien.co.uk

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!Last year Hackney-based theatre group Off The Page! presented the first dramatic performance at The Broadway Bookshop: 'Three Women: A Radio Play by Sylvia Plath'. For 2014 Off The Page! return to present John Clare: Reflections From The Madhouse in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the poet's death. In this dramatic presentation — running time approximately 60 mins — actor Ben Bazell describes Clare’s life through his poetry, writings and music. A discussion of Clare and his work will follow the performance.

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

Reviews:
"John Clare: Reflections From The Madhouse is a bravura one-man-show capturing the many sides of this most alluring and elusive of writers. Off The Page! have devised an intelligent script, blending a fine selection of Clare’s poetry with compelling extracts from his autobiographical prose writings, punctuated (as was Clare’s life) by fiddle music. In this excellent, varied performance by Ben Bazell, the recurrence of both memories and folk tunes offers a unifying motif, a heartwarming record of Clare’s haunted sanity." - Dr Paul Chirico, Jesus College Cambridge (Chair, John Clare Society)

John Clare - the “peasant poet” - rose to fame in 1820 with the publication of his Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery. Despite the success of this work and the subsequent publication of three more volumes of poetry, Clare descended into obscurity, entering High Beach Asylum in Epping Forest and ending his days at Northampton General Lunatic Asylum. He is remembered for his poems on love and the English countryside, which he documented in the minutest detail, believing it would disappear forever following the enforcement of the Enclosures Act of 1809. After years of indifference and neglect, Clare is now recognised as one of the greatest English Romantic poets.

For further information about the play, the poet and the actor please visit Off The Page!

Mikey Cuddihy: A Conversation About Happiness

Thursday, 3 April 2014 at 6.30pm

Mikey Cuddihy: A Conversation About HappinessIn 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: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING + BOOK SIGNING with THE GENTLE AUTHOR

Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 6.30pm

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING + BOOK SIGNING with THE GENTLE AUTHORYou are warmly invited to our last Thursday late night shopping with special guests the Gentle Author & Viscountess Boudica of Bethnal Green - who will personally inscribe copies of The Gentle Author's The London Album. Please come by for wine, mince pies and any last minute Christmas purchases.

Between the covers of this magnificent red Album with a gilded cover, discover more than six hundred of The Gentle Author’s favourite pictures of London appearing in print for the first time, setting the wonders of our modern metropolis against the pictorial delights of the ancient city, and celebrating the infinite variety of life in the capital – with a special emphasis upon the East End.

Take a walk through time with the Gentle Author as your guide – be equally amazed at what has been lost of old London and charmed by the unfamiliar marvels of London today..

AMERICAN SMOKE: JOURNEYS TO THE END OF THE LIGHT

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 at 7.00pm

AMERICAN SMOKE: JOURNEYS TO THE END OF THE LIGHTwith IAIN SINCLAIR

Iain Sinclair will be reading from and talking about his new book, American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light (Hamish Hamilton), at The Broadway Bookshop on Wednesday 4 December at 7pm. Tickets are £3 (includes a glass of wine). Places are limited: We recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment. To book now please call 020 7241 1626 or email books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

[from the publisher)

Iain Sinclair breaks for the border with American Smoke, his first full engagement with the memory-filled landscapes of the American Beats and their fellow travellers, echoed as always in the mythologies of London, through which so many of them also passed.

In a book filled with bad journeys and fated decisions, this is a delirious expedition in the footsteps of Malcolm Lowry, Charles Olson, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder and more, heated by obsessions (the Old West, volcanoes, Mexico) and enlivened by false memories, broken reports and strange adventures.

With American Smoke Sinclair confirms his place as the most innovative of our chroniclers of the contemporary.

POETRY READING with Barbara Marsh & Martina Evans

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 7.00pm

POETRY READING with Barbara Marsh & Martina EvansLocal 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: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

*

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.

LIFE LESSONS: FROM HOBBES & BERGSON

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at 7.00pm

LIFE LESSONS: FROM HOBBES & BERGSONwith HANNAH DAWSON & MICHAEL FOLEY

Hannah Dawson and Michael Foley will be talking about Hobbes and Bergson, the subjects of their two new books that form part of Life Lessons, a new series commissioned by The School of Life, at The Broadway Bookshop on Wednesday 20 November at 7pm.

Tickets £3 (includes a glass of wine). For booking call 020 7241 1626 or email books@broadwaybookshophackney.com

From the publisher:

Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher. Born in 1588 in Wiltshire, England, his masterwork Leviathan established the foundation for Western political thought and inspired both hate and awe. He revealed the darker side of human nature and the value of authority. But he also showed us how to flourish, how to be fearless and free, so that our lives need not be 'nasty, brutish and short'.

Hannah Dawson is Senior Lecturer in the history of ideas at the New College of the Humanities, London.

Henri Bergson’s work was inspired by a conviction that life is petrified and diminished by theories, categories and conventions, and that it is the purpose of philosophy to restore awareness of lived life - to renew, revitalize and enrich direct contact with the world.

Michael Foley was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, but since 1972 he has lived in London, working as a Lecturer in Information Technology. He is the bestselling author of The Age of Absurdity and Embracing the Ordinary.

To find out more about the Life Lessons series please visit The School of Life

LOVELOSS

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 at 7.00pm

READINGS FROM A NEW COLLECTION OF POETRY

with Edward Mackay, Jem Goulding, Thomas R Andrews, Rachael Allen, Robert Montgomery, Delisia Howard, Alex MacDonald and Dellores Laing.

Thanks to a frankly amazing feat of organisation/coercion by the publisher, all eight poets collected in LOVELOSS, the new volume of poetry from independent publisher Legg & Wallis, will be reading at The Broadway Bookshop on Wednesday 27 November from 7pm.

The event will be hosted by Dellores Laing, contributor and publisher of the new collection. There will be Q&As between 10 minute readings.

Tickets £3 (includes glass of wine supplied by Noble Fine Liquor). For booking please call 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

From the publisher:

Rarely has such a significant collection of London Poets been brought together. Rarely has a theme been interpreted in such diverse and immediate ways. Rarely has such a simple, yet universal title provoked such fruitful complexity.

In LOVELOSS, eight inter-generational London poets explore the love and simultaneously the loss … Of time, concept, loved ones, emotion, belief, understanding and self … Exposing how very intense and necessary such experiences are without reservation or apology.

Robert Montgomery is a twenty-first century Situationist Poet, renowned for his huge public Billboard poetry, Fire, Ghost, Woodcut and Recycled Sunlight pieces. For Loveloss Robert shares his very intimate and ardent poetry for the first time, large in poetic intellect and sensibility.

Rachael Allen is a formidable young poet already well published. Her crisp metre, sophisticated and unquantifiable ‘feel’ for contemporary language belies a rare literary talent showcased here in Loveloss. She is also co-founder/editor of Independent Poetry Publication ‘Clinic’.

Delisia Howard is an outstanding poet and half of Hazard Press Artists Books. She usually composes the verse with Chris Price’s illustrations but in Loveloss, working solo for the first time, she shares her reflections, replete with bathos.

Edward Mackay has published online, in magazines, solo works and collections. In Loveloss he debuts his ‘constructed definition’ as poetic context. These Science-Literary links challenge us, forcing the reader to re-evaluate the form.

Thomas R Andrews has honed his performance craft in the South London Poetry scene for over 25 years. A private poet, he shares his work for the first time in Loveloss, where he explores societal lack, personal need and inevitable despair through his rigorous and demanding imagery.

Jem Goulding is a film-maker and poet who has combined the two in her critically acclaimed The Bone Echo. Here, in Loveloss she publishes a group of cathartic poems that journey through a voyeuristic approach to grief which she is paradoxically central to.

Alex MacDonald constructs succinct verse and in Loveloss reveals the subtle tenor of language from various concentrated perspectives. One of London’s contemporary poetry scene’s greatest advocates, he runs the Selected Poetry website and nights, supporting numerous new poets.

Dellores Laing is a writer and performer publishing her poetry for the first time here in Loveloss. A poet and teacher of creative writing for over 25 years, she attacks the page with her visceral language and at times uncomfortable truths. Dellores is also founder of Legg and Wallis Publishers, bringing together incredible writers from across London, generations and scenes under here, the mantle of Loveloss, a unique testament to the diverse and harmonious, the common yet uncommon, the pure and yet impure.

PINK MIST

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 at 7.00pm

PINK MISTPoetry with OWEN SHEERS

Poet, writer and local Owen Sheers will be reading from PINK MIST, his critically acclaimed verse-drama, at The Broadway Bookshop on Wednesday 13 November at 7pm.

A dramatic poem commissioned for BBC Radio 4, PINK MIST tells the story of three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan. School friends still in their teens, Arthur, Hads and Taff each have their own reasons for enlisting. Within a short space of time they return to the women in their lives (a mother, a wife, a girlfriend), all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of their service.

A work of great dramatic power, documentary integrity and emotional intensity, PINK MIST uses everyday yet heightened speech to excavate the human cost of modern warfare. Drawing upon interviews with soldiers and their families, as well as ancient texts such as the medieval Welsh poem Y Gododdin, it is the first extended lyric narrative to emerge from the devastating conflict in Afghanistan.

"Pink Mist is a tremendous book. It feels huge, engulfing, devastating." (The Guardian)

Owen Sheers has written two collections of poetry, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill (winner of a Somerset Maugham Award). His non-fiction includes The Dust Diaries (Welsh Book of the Year 2005) and Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby. His novel Resistance has been translated into ten languages and was made into a film in 2011.

To find out more about PINK MIST and its author please visit Faber or Owen's website.

Tickets £3 (includes a glass of wine). For booking please call 020 7241 1626.

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 CITYwith EMMA JONES
in conversation with DR BARBARA PENNER

Emma Jones will be talking about her new book PARCHED CITY, published by Zero Books, at The Broadway Bookshop on Wednesday 25 September at 7pm. She will be in conversation with Dr Barbara Penner (UCL), who will chair the event and the concluding Q&A.

Safe drinking water is essential to daily life. Meeting that demand with bottled water is a luxury too far, argues Emma Jones. She is not a lone critic of the packaged water industry, however this author looks to history for solutions to a major sustainability problem: in the design, management and use of the city. With original stories from London’s archives, Parched City tracks drinking-water obsessions through a popular architectural, environmental and social history tale.

Emma M. Jones is a Dubliner by birth and a Londoner by chance. She studied architectural history at the Bartlett, University College London and currently works in modern medical history research at Queen Mary, University of London

Barbara Penner is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. She is the author of Bathroom (Reaktion) and is co-curator of UCLoo festival.

To find out more about Parched City and its author please visit Zero Books.

Tickets £3 (includes a glass of wine). Places are limited so please book in advance by phone on: 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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 ***HUNTERS IN THE SNOW with DAISY HILDYARD has been CANCELLED and will be RESCHEDULED for AUTUMN - date tbc[/b]. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Hunters in the Snow is a startlingly original first novel that has been compared to W.G. Sebald and Julian Barnes. The story is about a young woman who returns to her grandfather's farm in Yorkshire. At his desk she finds the book he left unfinished when he died. Part story, part scholarship, his eccentric history of England moves from the founding of the printing press into virtual reality, linking four journeys of four great men separated by centuries.

The exiled Edward IV lands in England and marches on London for one final attempt to win back the throne; Tsar Peter the Great, implausibly disguised as a carpenter, follows his own retinue around frozen London; the former African slave Olaudah Equiano takes his book tour down a Welsh coal mine; and Herbert, Lord Kitchener, mysteriously disappears at sea in 1916.

These are the stories she remembers him telling her - about medieval miracles and EU agricultural subsidies; old people and fallen kings; homemade fireworks and invented dogs; Arctic ice cores, sunk ships, drowning horses, salt, sperm, carbon and miners. The history of great men loses its way in the stories of ordinary, and not so ordinary folk.

Daisy Hildyard was born in Yorkshire, educated at Oxford and currently lives in London where she is studying for a PhD on scientific language. Her first novel is a remarkable debut and we are delighted to host her.

Tickets £3 (includes glass of wine). Places are limited so please book in advance.

TREASURES FROM THE MUSEUMS & COLLECTIONS OF LONDON

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 at 00.00am

TREASURES FROM THE MUSEUMS & COLLECTIONS OF LONDONDrawings by Valerie Wiffen A. R. C. A.

The Broadway Bookshop is excited to welcome back local artist Valerie Wiffen for an exhibition of new drawings.

Tiger hybrids, Molossian hounds and Snowy owls, Chinese glove puppets, Samurais and Bodhisattvas - Valerie Wiffen has mined the museums and collections of London and created a unique exhibition of drawings where the past gathers to convince us of its implacable strangeness and wonder.

Drawings are on sale and prices start at £150. All drawings are made in carbon pencil on acid free hot pressed paper by Valerie Wiffen A. R. C. A.

Treasures From The Museums & Collections Of London runs from June 18 to July 18. Please visit during shop opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm Sunday 11am - 5pm

THE MODERN PEASANT with Jojo Tulloh

Wednesday, 5 June 2013 at 7.00pm

THE MODERN PEASANT with Jojo TullohThe Broadway Bookshop welcomes Jojo Tulloh to talk about her new book, The Modern Peasant: Adventures in City Food.

Jojo ("mother, allotment lover and food editor of The Week magazine") is the acclaimed author of East End Paradise: Kitchen Garden Cooking in the City.

A couple of years ago Jojo made a culinary pilgrimage to the Italian stone farmhouse of cult cookery writer Patience Gray in an effort to reconnect with food and discover a style that values good, fresh ingredients prepared with care and simplicity. She brought everything she learned back with her to inner city London to see if she could recreate Patience's self-sufficient Italian paradise in the Big Smoke. She could - not only that, but she found others were doing it too, growing vegetables in city allotments, keeping bees on rooftops and baking fresh bread under railway arches.

In the book, Jojo shares stories from local London producers, many of whom are based in the East End, and gives step by step methods for baking, pickling, fermenting and foraging, as well as some delicious recipes for making your own yoghurt, cheese, nettle and sausage pizzas, chutneys and jams. Jojo is exactly the right person to explain how to have a more honest, simpler relationship with food and how to achieve this even if you live in a big city like London.

Tickets £3 (includes glass of wine). Places are limited so please book in advance.

LONDON FICTIONS

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at 7.00pm

LONDON FICTIONSwith
Ken Worpole
Andrew Whitehead
& Anne Witchard

The Broadway Bookshop welcomes Five Leaves Publications to launch London Fictions - a book of essays celebrating the depiction of London in fiction, from Children of the Ghetto and Child of the Jago to NW and Capital. It is a book about East End boys and West End girls, bed-sit land and dockland, the homeless and the homesick, immigrants and emigrants. Edited by Andrew Whitehead and Jerry White, London Fictions includes essays by Courttia Newland, Philippa Thomas, Lisa Gee, John Lucas, Cathi Unsworth, Ken Worpole, Angela John, and Sanchita Islam.

Join us for an evening of discussion and reading with special guest contributors Andrew Whitehead (talking about the idea behind London Fictions and George Gissing's The Nether World), Ken Worpole (talking about Alexander Baron's The Lowlife), and Anne Witchard (talking about Thomas Burke's Limehouse Nights).

Five Leaves is a small independent publisher based in Nottingham. Its New London Editions imprint reissues important London fiction that has gone out of print.

Tickets £3 (includes glass of wine). Places are limited so please book in advance.

THREE WOMEN: A RADIO PLAY by SYLVIA PLATH

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 7.00pm

THREE WOMEN: A RADIO PLAY by SYLVIA PLATH Live Performance by Off The Page Theatre Company

With special guest Caroline Weeks
performing Songs for Edna - her album of solo works from the lyrics of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.


The Broadway Bookshop welcomes Off The Page Theatre Company to perform Three Women, written by Sylvia Plath in 1962 for broadcast on BBC Radio’s Third Programme. The play movingly explores in verse aspects of childbirth and motherhood through the very different experiences of three women (or Voices) waiting in a maternity clinic. The piece lay practically undiscovered and unremarked for some decades and is still rarely performed, although it is now generally acknowledged as a minor gem.

The First Voice is a (presumably) married woman who gives birth and takes her baby home during the course of the poem. The Second, a secretary, has a miscarriage, not her first, and the Third, a college student, gives birth after an unwanted pregnancy, and gives the baby up for adoption. Many commentators believe that all three ‘voices’ echo Plath’s own experiences.
(Length: 30 minutes.)

Shenagh Govan as First Voice
Patti Holloway as Second Voice
Avita Jay as Third Voice


Special guest Caroline Weeks is a musician and visual artist. She will be performing from her album of solo works Songs For Edna, based on the lyrics of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay: one of Sylvia Plath's major poetic influences.

Tickets £6.50 (includes glass of wine). Places are limited so please book in advance.

An Evening with Nicholas Royle

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Nicholas RoyleJoin us for an evening with Nicholas Royle to launch his new book, First Novel. The novel has been described as a darkly funny examination of the relative attractions of creative writing courses and suburban dogging sites. Or a twisted campus novel and possible murder mystery that's not afraid to blend fact with fiction in its exploration of the nature of identity.

Paul Kinder, a novelist with one forgotten book to his name, teaches creative writing in a university in the north-west of England. He's researching his second, breakthrough novel. Or he's killing time having sex in cars. Either eternal life exists, or it doesn't. Either you'll laugh, or you'll cry.

Born in Manchester in 1963, Nicholas Royle runs Nightjar Press, reviews fiction for the Independent, and is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Tickets are £3 including a glass of wine. Places are limited so please book in advance.

Poetry on Broadway: Stephen Knight and Charles Boyle

Thursday, 28 February 2013 at 7.00pm

Poetry on Broadway: Stephen Knight and Charles BoyleJoin us for a wonderful evening of poetry with two authors from CB Editions, publishers of poetry and short fiction.

Stephen Knight's most recent book is The Prince of Wails. His two previous collections, Flowering Limbs and Dream City Cinema, were both shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. His novel Mr Schnitzel (2000) won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award. Born in Swansea, he now lives in London.

"His poems have that kind of humour that is simply an alternative to a cry of pain. They are edgy, full of doubts, nostalgic but unsentimental. They leave you wondering how and why you have changed." - Bernice Rubens

Charles Boyle has published a number of poetry collections (for which he was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Prizes), a short novel (24 for 3, winner of the 2008 McKitterick Prize) and two books combining text and photography Recessional and Days and Nights in W12. He runs the small press CB editions.

"This is the business. From the start, you realise that you are in the presence of a sharp, subversive and observant intelligence, a writer with an ear for a story and the easy narrative manner of someone who isn't going to bore you once." - Nicholas Lezard (Guardian)

Tickets £3 includes glass of wine. Places limited please book in advance.

Spitalfields Life

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 at 7.00pm

Spitalfields LifeCome and meet The Gentle Author who returns to The Broadway Bookshop to read from his compendium of rich portraits of the East End, Spitalfields Life.

In August 2009 The Gentle Author made a pledge – to write a blog post every day documenting the life of Spitalfields at the heart of London, and to do so until ten thousand posts were written. Over the last two years the Spitalfields Life blog has gained an extraordinary and loyal following of readers who marvel at the rich and varied portraits depicted. The Gentle Author’s writing has drawn comparisons with Pepys, Mayhew and Dickens.

Now for the first time the finest pen-portraits from the blog have come together as a book. Everything you seek in London can be found here – street life, street art, markets, diverse food, immigrant culture, ancient houses and history, pageants and parades, rituals and customs, traditional trades and old family businesses.

“I am going to write every single day and tell you about my life here in Spitalfields at the heart of London… ”

Tickets are £3 including a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance at the shop.

A Natural History of Ghosts: A Hidden History

Thursday, 18 October 2012 at 7.00pm

A Natural History of Ghosts: A Hidden HistoryAs the evenings darken and All Hallows Eve beckons, something ghostly can be found deep down within the Broadway Bookshop. Join us for special pre-publication reading by Roger Clarke whose haunting book, A Natural History of Ghosts, takes us on an unforgettable hunt through the most haunted places of the last five hundred years. This unfolding story of class conflict, charlatans and true believers has a surprising cast list ranging from Samuel Johnson to John Wesley, and from Harry Houdini to Adolf Hitler. Written as grippingly as the best ghost fiction, Roger delves into stories of the poltergeist of Cock Lane and the true events that inspired The Turn of the Screw, to hauntings of the present day.

Growing up in a haunted houses, as a child Roger Clarke was obsessed with ghosts. He corresponded with famous ghost writers and at the age of 14 joined the the Society for Psychical Research. When he was just 16, his stories were published in the Pan and Fontana books of Horror Stories. Today he is a journalist and film critic on The Independent newspaper and has contributed to The Sunday Times, Observer, Spectator and Variety. This is the book he has always wanted to write.

Tickets are £3 inc a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance at the shop.

The Robber of Memories: A Traveller's Tale

Thursday, 1 November 2012 at 7.00pm

The Robber of Memories: A Traveller's TaleJoin us for a magical evening that takes you deep into the heart of South America. Local author Michael Jacobs will be joined by actor Nigel Planer to read from Michael’s new Granta book, The Robber of Memories.

In 2011, Michael traveled the whole length of the Magdalena river in Columbia to its source high up in Andean moorlands. In spellbinding prose, The Robber of Memories charts the dangers and experiences he negotiated - including the claustrophobic, snail-slow journey upriver by a vast tugboat and a terrifying three day encounter with the FARC guerrillas. Following a chance encounter with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the discovery of the Nobel author's failing memory, Michael embarks on a profound and deeply personal exploration of dementia, Alzheimer's and the loss of memory.

Michael Jacobs was born in Italy and studied art history in London and the US. He is the author of several travel books and was shortlisted for the 2004 Thomas Cook Travel Book Prize. He lives in Spain and Hackney, London.

Tickets are £3 including wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance at the shop.

What is Madness?

Thursday, 15 November 2012 at 7.00pm

What is Madness?In a unique event only for the Broadway Bookshop, we are delighted to present two of the UK’s leading non-fiction authors who together will discuss what we mean by, 'Madness'. Leading psychoanalyst Darian Leader and historian Sarah Wise will draw from their latest landmark works to get to the heart of the subject.

In Inconvenient People, Sarah Wise uncovers the phenomenon of false allegations of lunacy (and the dark motives behind them) in the Victorian period. The nineteenth century saw repeated panics about sane individuals being locked away in lunatic asylums. With the rise of the ‘mad-doctor’ profession, English liberty seemed to be threatened by a new generation of medical men willing to incarcerate difficult family members in return for the high fees paid by an unscrupulous spouse or friend. Wise uncovers twelve shocking stories, untold for over a century, which reveal the darker side of the Victorian upper and middle classes – their sexuality, fears of inherited madness, financial greed and fraudulence.

And in What is Madness, Darian Leader asks what today, separates the sane from the mad? How can we tell them apart? And what if the difference is really between being mad and going mad? Through case studies like the apparently 'normal' Harold Shipman, he shows that madness rarely conforms to standard models. And by exploring the idea of quiet madness - that at times many of us live interior lives that are far from sane but allow us to function normally and unthreateningly - he argues that we must seek a new way to assess, treat and deal with those suffering mental health problems.

Sarah Wise took an MA in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her most recent book, The Blackest Streets, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize (2009). Her debut, The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London, was shortlisted for the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. Sarah was a major contributor to Iain Sinclair's compendium London, City of Disappearances.

Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst practising in London and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He is the author of Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post?, Promises Lovers Make When It Gets Late, Freud’s Footnotes, Stealing the Mona Lisa, Why Do People Get Ill? and The New Black.

Tickets are £3 including a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance at the shop.

An Evening with Alison Moore and Simon Okotie

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Alison Moore and Simon OkotieJoin us for a special evening with two of the UK's leading new authors, Alison Moore and Simon Okotie, from independent publishing house, Salt.

The Lighthouse Alison Moore's highly-acclaimed first novel, was shortlisted for this year's Man Booker prize. It tells the tense, gripping story of a man trying to find himself, but becoming lost." She lives in Nottingham and is coming to London especially for this event. Simon Okotie's debut novel, Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon? is a humorous and compelling detective story set on a Routemaster bus. Simon lives in Hackney.

In The Lighthouse on the outer deck of a North Sea ferry stands Futh, a middle-aged and newly separated man, on his way to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. After an inexplicably hostile encounter with a hotel landlord, Futh sets out along the Rhine. As he contemplates an earlier trip to Germany and the
things he has done in his life, he does not foresee the potentially
devastating consequences of things not done.

In Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon? Marguerite, a down-at-heel detective, investigates, in minute and comically digressive detail, the disappearance of Harold Absalon, the Mayor’s transport advisor. He follows, and then is followed by, Harold’s wife Isobel and their young child around an unnamed modern city resembling London. Finding himself cornered by Isobel it emerges that Marguerite may be more closely implicated than we think.

'Modern, clever and fizzing with humour, Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon? not only maps in brilliant detail the pressures of everyday urban living, it also marks, in Simon Okotie, the arrival of a staggeringly original voice.' Lee Rourke, author of 'The Canal'.


Tickets are £4 and include a glass of wine.



The Caravan of Storytellers presents Winter Tales of Wonder

Thursday, 13 December 2012 at 7.00pm

 The Caravan of Storytellers presents Winter Tales of WonderJoin us for an evening of wonder tales and song delving into the snow frosted landscapes of wintertime and it's magical creatures, villains, heroes and heroines. An evening where, rest assured, nothing is quite what it seems - come journey with us in the company of folktale and myth by the warmth of the storytelling fire.

Storytellers: Sonia Caller, Bronia Evers + special guest

Adults and children age 5+

Tickets are £3 including a drink.

Places are limited so please book in advance at the shop.

Picture credit (c) Rocomora.



Wednesday, 26 September 2012 at 7.00pm

Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain’s Far RightJoin us for an evening of keen political discussion and insight with New Statesman reporter and author Daniel Trilling whose new book Bloody Nasty People charts the chilling rise of the BNP at the turn of the millennium under Nick Griffen to become a party of influence from the Isle of Dogs to London’s Docklands to Burnley.

Britain at the turn of the millennium was a confident place: economically booming and seemingly at ease with its mix of cultures and ethnicities. How, then, did the decade that followed see the rise of the British National Party, the country's most successful ever far-right political movement, and the emergence of the anti-Islam English Defence League?

Combining quality reportage with sophisticated social commentary and political analysis, Trilling interviews a broad cross-section of BNP members, from party leadership to grassroots activists. He visits the towns where the BNP was most active, meeting voters from across the political spectrum. Trilling also draws on archival research and extensive interviews with politicians from across the house, including former Labour ministers, and leading thinkers on both sides of the debate about multiculturalism.

‘Racism and the rise of the far right in Britain are often discussed but rarely understood. Daniel Trilling is an exception. With the threat posed by prejudice and bigotry ever greater at a time of economic crisis, Trilling’s voice must be heard.’ Owen Jones, author of Chavs

Daniel Trilling is an Assistant Editor at the New Statesman, where he has reported on Britain's far right since 2009. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, Sight and Sound and Frieze. He lives in London.

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine. Places are limited so book in advance or come early on the night.

Frances Beck. Still Life, First Thursday Exhibition

Thursday, 5 April 2012 at 6.30pm

Frances Beck. Still Life, First Thursday ExhibitionFrances Beck’s new solo show at The Broadway Bookshop is a wonderfully rich collection of still life studies in oil with an unrestrained, striking and enigmatic use of colour.

Frances was born in Ayrshire and trained at Glasgow School of Art. She came to London in 1963 and worked as a jewellery designer. Later she joined with a partner to set up a business designing and making precious jewellery. In 1984 they moved to Buckingham where they worked together until her partners death in 1995. In 2001 she moved to Hackney, went back to painting and learned the art of printmaking.

First Thursday Preview 5th April, 6.30pm, All welcome.

www.firstthursdays.co.uk

Pictures will be on sale and the show will run until early June.

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“I am going to write every single day and tell you about my life here in Spitalfields at the heart of London… ”

Come and meet The Gentle Author who will be signing copies of his compendium of rich portraits of the East End, Spitalfields Life, and chatting to allcomers at a trestle table outside of the shop during the Saturday Market - if you're lucky you may also meet some of the infamous characters he has encountered on his literary journey around the area.

In August 2009 The Gentle Author made a pledge – to write a blog post every day documenting the life of Spitalfields at the heart of London, and to do so until ten thousand posts were written. Over the last two years the Spitalfields Life blog has gained an extraordinary and loyal following of readers who marvel at the rich and varied portraits depicted. The Gentle Author’s writing has drawn comparisons with Pepys, Mayhew and Dickens.

Now for the first time the finest pen-portraits from the blog have come together as a book. Everything you seek in London can be found here – street life, street art, markets, diverse food, immigrant culture, ancient houses and history, pageants and parades, rituals and customs, traditional trades and old family businesses.

The Gentle Author 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 hardback of Spitalfields Life, or can’t make it but would like a signed copy, contact us at the shop.

www.spitalfieldslife.com

An Evening with Jake Arnott

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Jake ArnottJoin us for a glass of wine and a reading from The House of Rumour the latest breathtaking novel from the cult author of The Long Firm.

Told through the life of Larry Zagorski - a young Californian writer of pulp fiction, The House of Rumour is a tale of spies, SF writers, cult leaders, rocket scientists, astronauts, actors, adulterers and unrequited lovers, all woven into a web where truth and illusion meet. Jake Arnott delves into some of the key episodes in 20th century history, beginning with the year 1941 when Britain was fighting for survival with every propaganda trick in the book and on through the Cold War and Space Age which seem more fantastic than anything Larry could have dreamed up.

The House of Rumour confirms Jake Arnott as one of the most exciting and unusual writers of our times.

Jake Arnott was born in 1961, and lives in London. His bestselling debut novel, The Long Firm, was published by Sceptre in 1999 and has been followed by He Kills Coppers, Truecrime, Johnny Come Home and The Devils Paintbrush. Both The Long Firm and He Kills Coppers have been made into widely praised TV dramas.

TIckets are £3 including a glass of wine. Please book in advance at the shop

Poetry on Broadway with Lavinia Greenlaw and Jack Underwood

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 at 7.00pm

Poetry on Broadway with Lavinia Greenlaw and Jack UnderwoodJoin us for a glass of wine and a very special evening with two of the UK's leading poets: Lavinia Greenlaw and Jack Underwood who will be reading from and discussing their work.

Lavinia Greenlaw has published four collections of poetry: Night Photograph (1993), A World Where News Travelled Slowly (1997), Minsk (2003), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes, and The Casual Perfect (2011). Her first novel, Mary George of Allnorthover, was published in 2001 and has appeared in the Netherlands, the United States, Germany and France, where it won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger. A second novel, An Irresponsible Age, appeared in 2006, followed by two non-fiction works: The Importance of Music to Girls (2007) and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland (2011).

Born in London, where she has lived for most of her life, she has an MA in Seventeenth-Century Art from the Courtauld Institute and has held a number of residencies including at the Science Museum and the Royal Society of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a former Chair of the Poetry Society, and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she directs the Poetry MA.

She has also written and adapted several dramas for radio, including Virginia Woolf’s Night and Day, Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and Hermann Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game, and has made documentaries on the Arctic, the Baltic, the idea of mountains, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, the darkest place in England, and the solstices and equinoxes. She has also written essays on poetry and science, Bob Dylan and delay, and seventeenth-century wonders, as well as libretti work for music.


Jack Underwood was born in Norwich in 1984. He graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2005 before completing an MA and PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, where he now teaches English Literature and Creative Writing.

He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and Faber published his debut pamphlet in October 2009. He also teaches at the Poetry School, co-edits the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives, and reviews for Ambit and Poetry London. He lives in Hackney.

He lives in Hackney.

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance in person at the shop, by phone or by email.

Storytelling on Broadway: A Bite of the Golden Apple

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 at 7.00pm

Storytelling on Broadway: A Bite of the Golden AppleIn the first of what we hope to be a regular evening at The Broadway Bookshop, The Caravan of Storytellers presents an evening of delectable stories from around the world with Storytellers Bronia Evers, Jason Wood and Sonia Caller. Come and share a delicious slice of story pie served with a sprinkling of wonder, a twist of laughter and a dollop of wisdom on the side.

Bronia, Jason and Sonia's lives intersected at a very special place called Emerson in East Sussex in a valley below Winnie the Pooh's enchanted forest. Here at the International School of Storytelling, they explored tales of deep wells, ancient pathways and long forgotten legends, myths and fairytales and began their storytelling journey. In the warm atmosphere of the Storytelling Hut, people from far and near gathered to hear a tale and be swept away to incredible places.

Oral Storytelling is an ancient tradition and The Caravan of Storytellers walk in the footsteps of a long line of bards and troubedours, weavers and whisperers. Come meet magnificent heroes and heroines, gods and goddesses and hear stories of the land, oceans, trees, animals and insects. We look forward to sharing a great evening with you and perhaps creating some new stories together for good measure.

The evening will run for around two hours with a break in between.

Tickets are £3 including a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance at the shop.

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**Join us for an evening with two new exciting Faber authors, Alex Preston and Lucy Caldwell whose new work will open up a literary discussion around a question of faith. Alex's book The Revelations and Lucy's novel The Meeting Point both address what it means to believe, why we believe, and the difficulties and rewards, all set against very different contemporary cultures. Lucy and Alex will read from their work and then we'll open questions out to the audience.

In The Revelations a group of young people are searching for meaning in a dark and directionless world. The Course, a religious movement led by a charismatic priest, seems at first to offer everything the friends have been looking for: a community of bright, thoughtful, beautiful people. But as they are drawn deeper into the Course, money, sex and God collide, threatening to rip them apart. This gripping novel of ideas lays bare a world where the advancement of a movement becomes more important than the lives of its followers.

The Meeting Point begins with Euan and Ruth setting off with their young daughter to live in Bahrain, on what they hope will be an experience and adventure they will cherish. But on the night they arrive, Ruth discovers the truth behind the missionary work Euan has planned and feels her world start to crumble. Far from home, and with events spiralling towards war in nearby Iraq, she starts to question her faith - in Euan, in their marriage and in all she has held dear. Compelling, passionate and deeply resonant, The Meeting Point is a novel about idealism and innocence, about the unexpected turns life can take and the dangers and chances that await us.

Alex Preston was born in 1979. He lives in London with his wife and two children. His first novel, This Bleeding City, was published by Faber and Faber in the UK, and across twelve other territories. His second, The Revelations, is out now. Alex is a regular panelist on the BBC Review Show and reviews books for the Observer and the New Statesman.

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. An award-winning playwright, and novelist, she is the author of the plays Leaves (Royal Court, 2007) Guardians (2009) and Notes to Future Self (Birmingham Repertory, 2011) and of the novel Where They Were Missed (2006). She currently lives in London.

Tickets are £3 including a glass of wine. Places are limited so please book in advance.

Escape from Hong Kong. A Hidden History

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 at 7.00pm

Escape from Hong Kong. A Hidden HistoryJoin us for a fascinating illustrated talk by local writer and former BBC China Correspondent Tim Luard. His book Escape from Hong Kong: Admiral Chan Chak's Christmas Day Dash, 1941 is the first full history of one of the most remarkable adventures of World War II. Using first-hand accounts from letters, diaries and newly released documents, the book tells how a group of British officers and Royal Navy sailors accompanied the famous one-legged Chinese admiral, Chan Chak, on a daring breakout through enemy lines just as Hong Kong surrendered to the Japanese.

Tim Luard graduated in Chinese from Edinburgh University in 1973 and spent the next seven years in Hong Kong, where he wrote for local and international media. He returned to Britain to join BBC Radio News and was Beijing Correspondent for the World Service in the late 1980s, travelling widely in China and covering the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989 for many BBC outlets. He spent a further 15 years as an East Asia specialist based at Bush House, presenting current affairs programmes such as East Asia Today and The World Today. In 1997 he made an acclaimed six-part radio series on the history of Hong Kong to mark the colony’s handover to China. He also wrote an accompanying book, Hong Kong: Imperial Orphan. Tim and his wife Alison -- whose father, Colin McEwan, played a prominent role in the 1941 escape as a member of the British secret service group, the SOE - returned to China in 2008 to retrace the original escape route on foot across the mountains to Huizhou (Waichow). After helping to form the Hong Kong Escape Re-enactment Organisation (HERO), they joined some seventy other descendants on a bigger commemorative journey the following year.

Tikets are £3 including wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance at the shop.

An Evening with Andres Neuman

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Andres NeumanJoin us for this rare opportunity to meet one of Argentina's finest new novelists who is in the UK for a short period to read from from his award winning book, new in English translation, The Traveller of the Century.

Andres will be introduced by local author Owen Sheers.

The novel is an original and ambitious work that invites us to look at the nineteenth century through twenty-first-century eyes. A narrative bridge spanning the past and the global issues of our time from immigration, to nationalism and the emancipation of women. Love as a metaphor of translation, translation as a metaphor of love, The Traveller of the Century is an exceptional, fun, mature novel from a writer wise beyond his years.

Andres Neuman was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and published his first novel, Bariloche, at twenty-two. The Traveller of the Century, translated into ten languages, won the Alfaguara Prize, and the prestigious National Critics Prize in Spain. This novel was selected as one of the five best Spanish-language novels of 2009 by El Pais and El Mundo, and Neuman featured in Granta’s recent publication Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists.

"A masterpiece. At last Latin American literature has got its long-awaited European novel, with the same ambition, erudition and vitality as novels like One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Green House. Neuman is not only brilliant news for Latin American literature, but for European literature as well."
(De Volkskrant, Netherlands)

"Neuman was singled out for praise by Roberto Bolaño and it’s easy to see why: like that late author, Neuman combines love and intrigue with serious intellectual engagement. A novel of ideas somewhere between Kafka’s The Castle and Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, Neuman’s English-language debut is a rich deconstruction of the competing currents of history."
(Publishers Weekly, USA)

"Neuman has achieved the dream of every novelist: the Total Novel, a venture accomplished only by major authors like Tolstoy, Musil, and Faulkner."
(Abc, Spain)

Tickets are £3 including a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance from the shop.

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 MatarWe are pleased to announce a very special evening with the critically acclaimed novelist and impassioned commentator on the Arab Spring and the Libyan revolution, Hisham Matar.

Hisham will be returning from Libya to his home in London to read from his new novel in paperback, Anatomy of a Disappearance; a powerful and haunting novel that follows the quest of a young boy Nuri for his missing father through clues and contacts, in London, Geneva and Cairo. The novel reveals, as Hermione Lee writes in the Guardian, the author's 'sombre gift for absence and longing.' Following the reading, Hisham will also be answering questions from the audience.

Nuri is a young boy when his mother dies. Nothing seemingly will fill the emptiness in the Cairo apartment he shares with his father that her strange death leaves behind. Then he sees Mona, sitting in her bright yellow swimsuit by the pool of the Magda Marina holiday resort and the rest of the world vanishes.

But Mona falls in love with Nuri's father and it is he who she will eventually marry. Their happiness consumes Nuri to the point where he longs to get his father out of the way - a wish he will soon regret. As he and his stepmother’s world are shattered by events beyond their control, they both begin to realise how little they really knew about the man they loved.

As Nuri returns after many years to his father's flat in Cairo, to be looked after again by the family servants, sleep in his father's bed, work in his study, wear his watch, try on his clothes and wait for his return, we understand that it is not only the father who has disappeared, but the son too, a life lost inside loss.

Biography

Of Libyan parentage, Hisham was brought up in New York, Tripoli and Cairo and he lives in London. His father, a rich businessman and an anti-Gaddafi activist, also 'disappeared' in 1990 from Cairo and was taken to a Libyan prison; it is not known whether he is alive or dead. His first novel, In the Country of Men, was published in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Since, it has been translated into twenty-eight languages.

The events of the Arab Spring pushed Hisham and his work into the media’s spotlight. He was recently declared by The New York Times Book Review as being “uniquely poised to play the role of literary ambassador between two worlds that have long been locked in mutual suspicion and ignorance.” As such, Hisham has become a popular and important figure, busy giving interviews and writing articles on the unfolding political situation in Libya.

‘Haunting in every sense. Anatomy of a Disappearance is an absorbing novel that finds its eloquence in what is left unsaid and its most vivid imagery in what has been lost, possibly for ever.’
Sunday Times

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance in person at the shop, by phone or by email.

New Writers on Broadway

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 at 7.00pm

New Writers on BroadwayThe first in what we hope to be regular evenings at The Broadway Bookshop to introduce you to exciting new voices in fiction. To start, Rowena Macdonald, Malcolm Richards and Martin Ouvry, three accomplished authors who explore the subtle and sometimes dark shades of human experience. They will be reading from their published work. We hope the night will be about you the audience as much as the writers and you'll have the chance to ask them how they developed as authors and their writing and what different routes they have followed to publishing their work so far.

Rowena Macdonald grew up in the West Midlands. While living in Montreal after graduation, she worked as a waitress, bartender, life-model and cleaner. She now lives in London and works at the House of Commons and Westminster University. Her stories have appeared in anthologies published by Serpent’s Tail, Roast Books and The Do-Not Press. She has won two Asham Awards, the 2010 Exeter Writers competition and the 2008 Writers Inc competition. She will be reading from her first collection of stories; Smoked Meat paints a portrait of the vibrant melting pot of Montreal buzzing with sexual braggadocio and illicit opportunities.

Malcolm Richards was born and raised in Penzance, Cornwall but when seasickness scuppered his childhood dream of becoming a pirate, he moved to London in 1997. Since then he has worked as a composer for film and television and continues to work with children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties in East London. He will be reading from The Hiding House, his first novel, a gripping contemporary take on a traditional gothic fable; a tale of lost innocence and survival.

Martin Ouvry is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA, before which he worked as a musician. His stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines including Picador’s New Writing 13 and Esquire. He has also been shortlisted for Radio 4’s Opening Lines series. He is a grateful recipient of several awards including a UEA Alumni Prize for Fiction, a Hawthornden Fellowship, an Arts Council Writer’s Award and a Wingate Scholarship.

Tickets are £3 including a glass of wine.

PLACES ARE LIMITED SO TO BE SURE OF A PLACE PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE AT THE SHOP.

Poetry on Broadway with Michael and Adam Horovitz

Friday, 17 February 2012 at 7.00pm

Poetry on Broadway with Michael and Adam HorovitzJoin us for an evening of readings, art and music with poet, legend and internationalist polymath Michael Horovitz and his son, the poet, Adam Horovitz. Michael will be reading from his body of work and improvising on the saxaphone to his picture poems. Adam will be reading from his first collection Turning, published last year. The evening also marks the exhibition of a selection of Michael’s art, Picture-Poems, Paintings & Prints at The Broadway Bookshop.

Michael Horovitz was described by Allen Ginsberg as a ‘Popular, Experienced, Experimental, Jazz Generation, New Jerusalem, Sensitive Bard’. His magnum opus, A New Waste Land, was selected as Book of the Year by DJ Taylor in The Independent as ‘A deeply felt clarion call from the radical underground’. He has been an arts and literature worker for most of his adult life, his artworks and picture-poems exhibited internationally. He has edited and published New Departures and coordinated the Poetry Olympics festivals for 50 years.

Adam Horovitz has recently published his first collection of poetry entitled Turning. Carol Ann Duffy says he ‘writes poems of great beauty and truth; poems which are earned through experience, suffering and love, and deployed in a physical language of scrupulous integrity. He is the real deal.’ He was voted onto the Hospital Club and Independent newspaper’s ‘Hospital Club 100’ as an ‘emerging talent’ in 2010.

Michael’s art show continues until 2nd March

The event is £3 including a glass of wine.

Pictures are on sale.

Poetry on Broadway with Mark Ford

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 7.00pm

Poetry on Broadway with Mark FordJoin us for a glass of wine and a very special evening with one of London’s leading poets.

Mark Ford’s third collection Six Children alludes to Walt Whitman’s claim that "though unmarried, [he] had six children", and draws on episodes from Ford's own life with adaptations from Matsuo Basho, Boethius, Lucretius, Pliny the Elder and Tacitus, as well as inspired uses of James Fenimore Cooper, TS Eliot, Catullus and Sappho.

Mark Ford was born in 1962 in Nairobi, Kenya. He went to school in London. He has a BA and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. He has published three collections of poetry, Landlocked (1991), Soft Sift (2001), and Six Children (2011). He has also published a biography of the French writer Raymond Roussel, and a parallel text edition of Roussel’s final poem, Nouvelles Impressions d’Afrique (New Impressions of Africa).

He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books, and a selection of his reviews and essays have been published in two volumes, A Driftwood Altar (2005) and Mr and Mrs Stevens and Other Essays (2011). He is currently editing an anthology of the poetry of London for Harvard University Press.

He lives in Hackney.


Tickets £3 including a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance in person at the shop, by phone or by email.

Margaret Willes. Great Gardens

Thursday, 1 December 2011 at 7.00pm

Margaret Willes. Great Gardens ‘A Man with a Garden and a Library has all that he needs’

Join us for a fascinating illustrated talk by Margaret Willes on the English horticultural revolution spanning the reigns of Elizabeth I to Charles II.

Today we are presented with a wealth of books about various aspects of gardening, but how did our ancestors manage? In the 16th and 17th centuries, who were the equivalents of celebrity gardeners such as Monty Don? How did Tudor and Stuart garden owners find out about design, plants, and even water features?

Margaret Willes provides some of the answers in her illustrated talk, based on her new book, The Making of the English Gardener which vividly brings to life the creative imaginations of the workers and enthusiasts who made England’s gardens grow.

Margaret Willes has spent a career in book publishing, initially at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, then Sphere Books and Sidgwick & Jackson, before becoming the publisher at the National Trust. Her first book was Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books followed by Pick of the Bunch: The Story of Twelve Treasured Flowers.

She lives in Hackney.

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance in person at the shop, by phone or by email.

The Household Box. Late Night Shopping

Thursday, 15 December 2011 at 6.30pm

The Household Box. Late Night ShoppingFor our second late night shopping Thursday of December experience an interactive performance of Will Hobson’s magical Household Box: New ways to enjoy your home, relationships, family and life! Part Good Housekeeping and part Fluxus Art, the box contains a mass of practical and poetic ideas for transforming your home life, family, relationships, habits and social skill in ingenious, unexpected, thought-provoking and very funny ways, from 'I – charades' to 'domestic Tai Chi'. Christmas would be lost without it.

Will’s performance demos will take place at 6.30pm 7pm and 7.30pm.

This event is free, no booking required and you will be able to browse and buy books between the performances

Sale of rare illustrated books and preview of artworks

Thursday, 15 December 2011 at 10.00am

Fred Hurlin - Special preview of art works.

From Thursday 15 December we will have on show original drawings and water colours by local artist and collector - Fred Hurlin. Many of these are of Broadway Market itself and will be auctioned in the New Year.

We have also been extremely fortunate to be asked by Fred’s widow - Irene, to sell his large collection of books. These reflect his main interests - illustration, wood cut and engraving, also jazz and sailing.
Most of the rare and valuable ones have been sold at aution, but we still have some beautiful items for sale.


London Voices. Late Night Shopping

Thursday, 8 December 2011 at 6.30pm

London Voices. Late Night ShoppingOn our first late night shopping Thursday of December we are excited to present a live presentation by actors of Radio 4s new Book of the Week (from the 12th December). Craig Taylor’s Londoners, The Days and Nights of London Now – As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It and Long for it. This new book is an extraordinary selection of portraits of Londoners rich and poor, native and immigrant, women and men, based on interviews by the author.

Actors will perform selections form the collection at The Broadway Bookshop at 6.30pm. 7.00pm and 7.30pm.

Craig Taylor is the author of two books, Return to Akenfield and One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, which began life as a column in the Guardian newspaper. Both have been adapted for the stage. He is the editor of the literary magazine, Five Dials.

This event is free, no booking required and you will be able to browse and buy books between the performances

An Evening with Owen Sheers

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Owen Sheers Join us for a glass of wine and a talk by local novelist Owen Sheers on how his first novel Resistance was successfully adapted to the big screen (now in cinemas). Owen will also read from his fiction and poetry and discuss his work.

Owen is a novelist, poet and essayist born in Fiji in 1974 and brought up in Abergavenny, South Wales. Resistance is a haunting tale of what might have unfolded if wartime German troops had occupied a remote Welsh village. It has been translated into eight languages.

His first collection of poetry, The Blue Book (Seren, 2000) was short-listed for the Welsh Book of the Year and the Forward Prize Best First Collection 2001 and he was selected as one of the Poetry Book Society's 'Twenty Next Generation Poets'. His debut prose work The Dust Diaries (Faber, 2004), a non-fiction narrative set in Zimbabwe, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize and won the Welsh Book of the Year 2005. He is currently a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine

Places are limited so please book in advance in person at the shop, by phone or by email.

An Evening with Jonathan Kemp New Fiction

Wednesday, 9 November 2011 at 7.00pm

An Evening with Jonathan Kemp New FictionJoin us for a glass of wine and a reading from 26 the bold, erotic and exciting new novel by Jonathan Kemp, the winner of the Author’s Club First Best Novel Award for last year’s London Triptych.

Crafted around twenty-six extraordinary erotic encounters, this highly charged work is a powerful meditation on the pursuit of pleasure. In each chapter, titled after a letter of the alphabet, an anonymous narrator details his experiences exploring the boundaries of sex, desire, pleasure, and the body, while reflecting on the limits of language and the act of writing. In the tradition of Georges Bataille, Kathy Acker and Jean Genet, these pieces take us to places language doesn’t often go.

On London Triptych

‘Vivid and visceral, London Triptych cuts deep to reveal the hidden layers of a secret history.’ Jake Arnott

London Triptych might find itself nestled between other works of gay historical fiction on the bookshop shelves, but its central theme – freedom and the pursuit of it – is universal. The début novel by Stoke Newington resident Jonathan Kemp, it offers a gritty, sometimes smutty, glimpse into the hidden world of male prostitution in London via three lives in three decades.’ Hackney Citizen

Jonathan Kemp teaches creative writing, literature and queer theory. He also DJs. Originally from the North, he has lived in London for twenty years.

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please book in advance in person at the shop, by phone or by email.

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 DunthorneJoin us for a glass of wine and a reading from Wild Abandon the latest brilliantly comic novel from the acclaimed author of Submarine (now a major feature film).

In Wild Abandon Kate and Albert, sister and brother, are not yet the last two human beings on earth, but Albert is hopeful. The secluded communal farm they grew up on is - after twenty years - disintegrating, taking their parents' marriage with it. They both try to escape: Kate, at seventeen, to a suburbia she knows only through fiction and Albert, at eleven, into preparations for the end of the world - which is coming, he is sure.

"Occupying a terrain that lies between the very British humour of Jonathan Coe and the zeitgeisty ambition of Douglas Coupland, Wild Abandon is a confident follow-up that manages to be both tender and biting." The Independent.

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, won the Curtis Brown Prize. It has been translated in to nine languages. His poetry has been published in Poetry Review, New Welsh Review and Voice Recognition. He lives in London.

Tickets £5 including a glass of wine (£3 for students).

Places are limited so please book in advance in person at the shop, by phone or by email.

Hewett Clarke Retrospective First Thursday Exhibition

Thursday, 3 November 2011 at 6.30pm

Hewett Clarke Retrospective First Thursday Exhibition Be our guest for a special preview of a selection of beautiful, striking and colourful abstract paintings on canvas celebrating the life and work of a great artistic talent, Hewett Clark who died on the 3rd April 2011 at the age of 85.

Hewett lived on the beach in Pevensey Bay, East Sussex where the light was spectacular. During the early years he experimented with material including oils and car spray paints to create colours merging together in abstract forms and rough textures. Some paintings referenced the human organs he encountered as a working surgeon at Guy’s Hospital and later for the Royal Navy. After he retired his painting made more direct reference to the sea, and the coast, sometimes purely in their colour yet still remaining abstract.

The show continues until Christmas.

This event is free. Paintings are on sale. All profits from sales will be donated to the charities the artist supported.

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 MilkIain returns to The Broadway Bookshop to read and discuss his latest book Ghost Milk which examines the potential legacy of the 2012 Olympics in the light other failed 'grand projects'.

We hope you can join us for a glass of wine.
Tickets £3 redeemable against the cost of a book on the night.

Booking essential.

James Thornton and Martin Goodman

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 at 7.00pm

We are looking forward to welcoming James and Martin to read from their new novels.

James is one of the world’s top environmental lawyers, “one of the ten people who could change the world” (New Statesman), so there can be no doubting the accuracy of his legal thriller Immediate Harm.

Martin writes both fiction and non-fiction and he is the Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull and Director of the Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing. He will be reading from his latest book Look Who's Watching.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call, email or drop in to book.

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 WilliamsLuke is a local author, dividing his time between London and Scotland, and we're delighted to be hosting the launch of his debut novel, due out on 5th May, along with his publisher Hamish Hamilton.

An unusually lyrical debut, The Echo Chamber is a deeply evocative story of family, empire and memory, of Edinburgh, Oxford and Lagos, and of one woman’s extraordinarily vibrant inner world.

‘Original, brilliant, inconceivable. It gives a reader new ears’
Ali Smith

Luke studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia where he was taught by W.G. Sebald, who was a huge influence on him. On his debt to Sebald, Luke says ‘what I hope I took most from him was his freedom with the novel form, his blending of genres and awareness of ghosts in fiction. I tried to approach writing The Echo Chamber with this kind of freedom and awareness’.

We hope you can join us for a glass of wine between 7pm and 8.30pm. This event is free.

Ken Worpole: Reading and in conversation with Gareth Evans

Wednesday, 2 March 2011 at 7.00pm

Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings

A special event to mark publication by innovative agency Artevents of a new book as part of The Re-Enchantment, their national arts project exploring our relationships to place (www.artevents.info). Towards Re-Enchantment features major – and exclusive – newly commissioned essays and poems by a number of Britain’s leading writers, responding to a particular location within the UK and considering it in terms of its potential to ‘re-enchant’.

The reading will feature the distinguished Hackney-based writer Ken Worpole, who has pursued a deep creative engagement with the richly textured meanings of landscape and architecture across the British Isles for over four decades. From coastal Essex via the Green Belt to inner city London, the ‘spirit of place’ has rarely been investigated or celebrated as precisely or as passionately as it has in his acclaimed work.

Ken has written books on architecture, literature, landscape and social policy. He was a member of the UK government Urban Green Spaces Task Force, an Adviser to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), and was recently appointed a Senior Professor in the Cities Institute at London Metropolitan University. His books include Here Comes the Sun: Architecture and Public Space in 20th Century European Culture (2001), Last Landscapes: The Architecture of the Cemetery in the West (2003), 350 Miles: An Essex Journey, with photographer Jason Orton (2005), and most recently, Modern Hospice Design: The Architecture of Palliative Care (2009). He has lived in Hackney for the past 40 years with his wife, the photographer Larraine Worpole, and is currently working on a book on the future of public libraries.

The Re-Enchantment is core-funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call, email or drop in to book.

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

It's the annual World Book Day on Thursday 5th March when we shall once again be stocking £1 books to exchange for vouchers.

www.worldbookday.com

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

Please join us to welcome Bijan who will be here to give what promises to be a very interesting talk about tales of travel through Asia over the centuries.

Bijan is the author and editor of various works on Central Asia including "Afghanistan: A Companion and Guide" (Odyssey Books & Guides), and is also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society. He is becoming known as a poet in English and Latin; his latest work is a Latin Horatian Ode on Boris Johnson's bicycles.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call or drop in to book.

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

We're delighted to welcome back Hackney author Lee to read from his first novel which is set along Regent's Canal. Lee has already released an edition of short stories and and is a well-known voice on the underground and online literary scene.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call, email or drop in to book.

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

Our regular spot for new writers is back. Organised by Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, this time it features Emma Henderson, Kati Rynne, Melissa Mann and Selma Dabbagh.

Emma grew up in London and lives there now. She spent several years working in France, before returning, in 2005, to focus on writing. She gained a MA, with distinction, in Creative Writing at Birkbeck in 2006, and was a finalist in the 2007 Asham Award. She will be reading from her first novel, published this month, Grace Williams Says It Loud, described by Patrick McCabe as ‘Startlingly assured, poetic and engaging’.

Kati (www.katirynne.wordpress.com) co-wrote the novel A Vauxhall Chorus (CompletelyNovel, 2009). She is currently workshopping her teenage thriller in schools, is drafting a contemporary melodrama and developing a fiction series for young girls. Kati produces and manages digital literature projects such as online reading groups, websites for writers and collaborative storytelling projects. She co-founded the writing show Snog, Shag, Marry, Kill and is a regular performer at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden.

Melissa (www.melissamann.com) is the brawn behind lit club Beat the Dust (www.beatthedust.com) which includes the litzine, BTD TV, an online bookshop and a small press. Her poetry and prose has been widely published in various short story anthologies and literary magazines, as well as the odd bus shelter and public convenience. Melissa has had stories short-listed and highly commended in the Harpers & Queen/Orange Prize for Fiction short story competition, The Asham Award (twice) and the London Arts New Writing competition. Her poetry book, baby, i'm ready to go is out now, published by Grievous Jones Press (www.grievousjonespress.com).

Selma's (www.selmadabbagh.com) work first appeared in the Fish publishing anthologies that comprised winnings entries to the 2004 and 2005 short story prizes. In 2005, Selma was nominated by English PEN for International PEN’s David TK Wong Short Story Prize. Her stories have since appeared in anthologies pubished by Telegram Books, Granta, the British Council and International PEN.

As always aspiring writers seeking advice and inspiration as well as readers interested in something new are all welcome so do come along for an evening of reading and discussion.

Please call or drop in to book, tickets £3 including wine.

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

We are delighted to be hosting an evening with author and regular customer Michael Jacobs who will discussing his new book Andes with the actor Nigel Planer reading extracts. In this vast and wonderful book Michael takes us on a journey along the entire length of the Andes mountain range. Along the way he uncovers the stories of those who have shared his fascination and reveals the secrets of a region steeped in history, science, myth and danger.

Michael was born in Italy and studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London. He is the author of several travel books including The Factory of Light. He lives in Spain and London.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call or drop in to book.

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

We are looking forward to introducing travel writer Jason Wilson who will be here to talk about his new book The Andes.

Jason has spent decades travelling and studying Spanish America. He has written books on poets Octavio Paz (1989), Jorge Luis Borges (2006) and Pablo Neruda (2008), a Traveller's Literary Companion to South and Central America (1993), and a literary guide, Buenos Aires, a Cultural and Literary Companion (1999). He has edited and translated Alexander von Humboldt’s Personal Narrative of a Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent (1995, for Penguin Classics), Octavio Paz’s Itinerary (1999) and Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint Pierre’s Journey to Mauritius (2002). His latest book is a cultural guide titled The Andes (Signal Books, Oxford, 2009).

Tickets £3 including wine, please call, email or drop in to book.

The Thirties: An Intimate History with Juliet Gardiner

Tuesday, 23 March 2010 at 7.00pm

We are delighted to be joined by local author Juliet Gardiner to talk about her latest book The Thirties: An Intimate History, which follows the complex experiences of as many British people as possible as they lived through those complex pre-war years.

Juliet is a hugely respected historian and commentator on British social history from Victorian times to the 1950s. She was editor of History Today magazine and is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Wartime: Britain 1939 -1945. She is a frequent broadcaster, lecturer and reviewer and was historical consultant on Channel Four’s The 1940s House and the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Atonement.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call, email or drop in to book.

An Evening with Three Poets

Tuesday, 2 February 2010 at 7.00pm

We're very excited to be hosting an evening dedicated to poetry with Claudia Jessop, Catherine M Brennan and Sheila Hillier.

Claudia has lived in Hackney for 16 years. Her poems have been published in a number of magazines, and her first collection, "This is the Woman Who" was published by Cinnamon Press in October 2009, "a remarkable first collection from a poet whose sense are clearly open to the tiniest nuances of life lived in everyday objects and routines".

Prize winning poet Catherine M Brennan was born in Dublin and works in education in London. She has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, and her first collection, Beneath the Deluge, is published by Cinnamon Press.

Sheila is a medical sociologist and has worked in China, Latin America and the Caribbean. Now Professor Emeritus at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine in London, she divides her time between London, China and France. She won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize in 2009, was commended in the 2006 National Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Pollux and Castor, elephants’,and in the 2006 Mslexia competition. A first collection of her poetry ‘A Quechua Confession Manual’ is forthcoming from Cinnamon Press in June 2010.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call or drop in to book.

Dress Behind Bars with Juliet Ash

Tuesday, 16 February 2010 at 7.00pm

We look forward to welcoming local author and regular customer Juliet Ash who will be reading from and discussing her recent book Dress Behind Bars: Prison Clothing as Criminality that was published by I.B. Tauris at the end of 2009.

Juliet is Tutor of Dress and Textiles History and Theory at the Royal College of Art. She is co-author with Professor Elizabeth Wilson of Chic Thrills: A Fashion Reader and has written a number of articles for books and journals on the subject of the History and Theory of Dress. She has been a resident of London Fields for more than 30 years.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call or drop in to book.

Hackney: Modern, Restored, Forgotten, Ignored

Tuesday, 8 December 2009 at 7.00pm

Marking the fortieth anniversary of the Hackney Society, their latest publication looks at forty buildings in the borough. The editor Lisa Rigg and three of the contributing authors, Tom Dyckhoff, Margaret Willes and Sarah Wise, will be here for reading and discussion.

Tickets £3 (free to Hackney Society members), includes wine, booking essential.

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

Our regular spot for new writers returns and this time we'll be meeting Zoe Deleuil, James Miller, Leslie Mapp and Katy Darby.

Zoe was born in Perth, Western Australia but has lived in London since 2001. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and is working on the second draft of her first novel. She works as a freelance writer and sub editor.

One of Time Out Magazine’s Rising Stars of 2008, James was born in London in July 1976, and has always wanted to write. He read English literature at Keble College, Oxford University and after some time spent travelling, took an MA in Anglo-American literature at University College London and a PhD in African-American Literature at King's College London. Having taught English Literature at various levels, he now teaches on the creative writing MA at South Bank University. The highly acclaimed Lost Boys is his first novel.

Leslie trained as a painter, but he didn't work hard enough to be good so he turned to words – they seemed easier to mould into surface and depth and colour and shape. Mind you, they also go muddy if you mix them up the wrong way, so Leslie is keeping his stories short, in the hope of disguising the runny bits and the drips.

Katy studied English at Oxford and Creative Writing at UEA, where she received the David Higham Award. Her work has won several prizes, has been read on BBC Radio, and appeared in various magazines and anthologies including Stand, Mslexia, and The London Magazine. She co-runs the monthly live fiction event Liars' League (www.liarsleague.com) and teaches Short Story Writing at City University in London.

Aspiring writers seeking advice and inspiration as well as readers interested in something new are all welcome so do come along for an evening of reading and discussion.

Call or drop in to book, tickets £3 including wine.

Creative Writing for Dummies with Maggie Hamand

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 at 7.00pm

Local author, publisher and regular customer Maggie Hamand will be here to talk about her other role as a teacher of creative writing in which she has written this new title in the for Dummies series.

Please join us for discussion and a glass of wine.

Tickets £3 including wine, advance booking advisable, call or drop in to book.

The Last Englishman by Roland Chambers

Tuesday, 6 October 2009 at 7.00pm

The Last Englishman explores the life of Arthur Ransome. Known to most as the children's author of the Swallows and Amazons series, there is an altogether different side to his life as a journalist and British or possibly double agent in Bolshevik Russia. We're looking forward to hearing more of this fascinating story when the author Roland Chambers joins us at the shop to read and discuss his book.

Roland studied film and literature in Poland and at New York University before returning to England in 1998. The Last Englishman is his first biography and won a Jerwood award from the Royal Society of Literature.

Tickets £3 including wine, advance booking advisable, call or drop in to book.

East End Paradise - kitchen garden cooking in the city

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 at 7.00pm

East End Paradise - kitchen garden cooking in the cityWe're delighted to welcome back local author Jojo Tulloh to celebrate the paperback edition of her book.

Those of us living in towns and cities might think that the pleasures of growing our own food, watching the seasons pass with the changing produce and getting our hands stuck in to the soil are beyond our reach. But a growing number of urban dwellers are realising that there are ways of connecting with the land, enjoying the satisfaction of watching something grow, even in cities. Jojo takes us to her inner-city allotment and guides us through a year of cooking, inspired by the food that has sprung from her surprisingly fertile patch of East London waste-ground.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call, email or drop in to book.

Talking the Broads: an evening with new writers

Tuesday, 7 July 2009 at 7.00pm

Following the success of our evening with four writers earlier this year, Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone will be back to introduce more new writers so please do join us for reading and discussion.

Colleen Becker is an American writer based in London. In addition to working on her novel The Long Way, she has just completed a screenplay and is writing a second. Tales of the Decongested, vol. 2 includes her story “B&I”, and she has recently read work at the Tate Modern.

Adam Marek’s short story collection, Instruction manual for swallowing, was published by Comma Press in 2007, and was described in The Guardian as a 'transgressive thrill to read' and The Independent as showing a 'genuine unsettling talent'. It was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize – the biggest prize in the world for a collection of short stories. His stories have also appeared in Prospect magazine and in anthologies including When it changed, Parenthesis and The new uncanny from Comma Press, two Bridport Prize collections and the British Council’s New Writing 15. He is working on his first novel.

For 5 years Richard Tyrone Jones has run ‘Utter!’, one of London’s top spoken word nights, and has performed at the O2 Wireless festival, Apples & Snakes, Hackney Empire and most of the UK’s major spoken word series. His first book ‘Germline’ was published in June and Forward Prize winner Daljit Nagra described him as a ‘wonderful poet and host’. He lives in Bow and will be running a 'MisGuided tour' of Hackney on Sat July 25th.

Melissa Bailey studied English Literature at Oxford University and went on to study law and become a media and entertainment lawyer. She is currently working on her first novel, which follows the exploits of an East End foot fetishist. She lives and works in London.

Tickets £3 including wine, call or drop in to book.

Last Shop Standing by Graham Jones

Wednesday, 5 August 2009 at 7.00pm

Graham Jones will be here to read and discuss his book, Last Shop Standing.

Record shops are becoming an endangered species, even larger stores are struggling, so Graham decided to undertake a pilgrimage around the country to visit those that are still flying the flag despite the overwhelming pressure from music downloads.

He has either worked in, or sold music to record shops for over 20 years so is perfectly placed to tease out stories and anecdotes and he promises a revealing evening about the murky side of the music industry.

Tickets £3 including wine, advance booking advisable.

Michael Horovitz - SOLD OUT

Friday, 5 June 2009 at 7.00pm

Michael Horovitz - SOLD OUTMichael Horovitz is one of the last still living Beat Poets from the generation of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. In 1965 he appeared with Ginsberg, Corso, Trocchi, Jandl et al at the ground-breaking International Poetry Incarnation at Albert Hall. In his last year at Oxford he founded – and still publishes – the seminal avant-garde concerted arts magazine New Departures. Soon after, this begat Live New Departures, Jazz Poetry SuperJams – and, since 1980, the Poetry Olympics festivals.

Michael will be reading and singing, with anglo-saxophone licks, a diverse repertoire from several recent N D anthologies, and also from his ten years-in-the-making clarion-call for the planet, ‘A NEW WASTE LAND: TIMESHIP EARTH AT NILLENIUM’, which has received much critical acclaim.

He has also always been a visual artist, and examples of his drawings, picture-poems, and ‘Jazz Paintry’ will be on display in the shop from 3rd to 28th June.

www.poetryolympics.com

Tickets £3 including wine, booking advisable.

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 SERVEDWe're looking forward to welcoming Iain back to read and discuss his eagerly-awaited book Hackney: That Rose-Red Empire.

Tickets £3 including wine, spaces are limited so booking is essential.

PLEASE ARRIVE AT 6.45pm TO TAKE YOUR SEAT IF YOU HAVE BOOKED

Writers' Evening

Thursday, 23 April 2009 at 7.00pm

We are very excited to be hosting an evening with four authors: Heidi James, Shaun Levin, Lee Rourke and Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone.

Heidi's novella The Mesmerist's Daughter (published by Apis Books) was launched in July 2007 (‘Ingenious’ – Dazed and Confused), her novel Carbon (published by Blatt) will be out in Spring 09 and published in Spanish by El Tercer Nombre. Her essays and short stories have appeared in various publications including Dazed and Confused, Next Level, Flux, Brand, The Independent, 3:AM London, New York, Paris, Dreams That Money Can Buy, Full Moon Empty Sports Bag, Pulp,net.

Shaun is the author of Seven Sweet Things (bluechrome) and A Year of Two Summers (Five Leaves). His most recent work, Isaac Rosenbeg's Journey to Arras: A Meditation, was published in 2008. His short stories appear in anthologies as diverse as Modern South African Short Stories, Desperate Remedies, Boyfriends from Hell, and Best American Erotica. He is the editor of Chroma: A Queer Literary Journal.

Lee is the author of Everyday [Social Disease Books] and the forthcoming novel The Canal [Melville House Publishing]. His criticism regularly appears in The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, TLS and Bookforum. He is Co-Editor at 3AM Magazine.

Rebekah is a prize-winning short-story writer and the author of Home (Social Disease, 2008), a novel about a corrupt care home. She is co-founder of Tales of the DeCongested, a monthly short-story reading event held at Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, partner of the independent publishing company, Apis Books, and teaches creative writing at City University.

Please join us for reading and discussion, tickets £3 including wine. Booking advisable.

Tibor Fischer

Wednesday, 6 May 2009 at 7.00pm

We are delighted to be hosting the journalist and author of the Booker-shortlisted 'Under the Frog' who will be reading from his latest novel 'Good to be God'.

Tibor was born in Stockport of Hungarian parents and brought up in South London. As well as being shortlisted for the Booker prize his first novel 'Under the Frog' won the Betty Trask Award and he was nominated as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Subsequent works include 'The Thought Gang', 'The Collector Collector', 'Don't Read this Book if You're Stupid' and 'Voyage to the End of the Room'.

Tickets £3 including wine, booking advisable.

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 SERVEDRichard Reynolds will be here to talk about his experiences as a guerrilla gardener, which began with planting flowers secretly at night outside his tower block in South London and the phenomenon has now spread around the world.

His book On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries details how and where to "...fight the filth with forks and flowers!"

Tickets £3 including wine, please call or drop in to book.

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! We will be joined by internationally renowned author, magician and designer of effects for the West End Stage, Paul Kieve. Be enchanted and enthralled by magical presentations based on his recent book – Hocus Pocus. The story is set in Hackney and tells of a young magician whose collection of old magic posters come to life. He’s subsequently given the performance of a lifetime by the greatest illusionists of all time (such as Harry Houdini) who all genuinely appeared at The Hackney Empire around 100 years ago. Paul’s acclaimed presentation has recently been seen at the Cambridge, Cheltenham and Edinburgh literary festivals.

Paul is the only magician to have appeared in the ‘Harry Potter’ films, and has been described as the ‘Real life Dumbledore’ having also taught magic to many children in the cast including Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, who has written the introduction to ‘Hocus Pocus'. Paul has taught magic to many other celebrities including Ronan Keating, Sade, Melanie C, Joan Rivers, Graham Norton and Jim Broadbent and has even supervised the sawing in half of Simon Cowell on ‘Children In Need’!. His work in the West End as magical effects designer includes ‘The Lord Of The Rings’, ‘The Invisible Man’, ‘The Witches’, ‘Theatre Of Blood’ and currently ‘Zorro’. He is a Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle. He was recently seen on the BBC shows ‘Blue Peter’ and ‘I’d Do Anything’. More info on Paul and the book at www.hocuspocusbook.com

20 minute magic show presentations at 6.30, 7.15, 8.00, 8.45 PM. Spaces are limited!

Paul will also be signing copies of Hocus Pocus.

‘Everyone who loves magic and mystery should read this book’ Derren Brown.

‘Step into the pages of Hocus Pocus and prepare to leave them – astonished’ Daniel Racliffe

‘A fantastic mix of fiction, fact and practical magic’ Sunday Express


Passport to Enclavia by Vitali Vitaliev

Wednesday, 19 November 2008 at 7.00pm

We are looking forward to meeting Vitali who will be reading from his new book, Passport to Enclavia.

Vitali, a Ukranian-born Russian Jew with Australian and British citizenships, set out on a personal quest to find out what really defines the continent of Europe, just as a uniform European identity - in the guise of the Euro - was being imposed from Brussels.

What does it mean to be European? The answer lies not in Brussels, but in Europe's forgotten enclaves - tiny fragments of one country cut off and completely surrounded by another.

Passport to Enclavia is a homage to Europe, in all its marvellous diversity. Part of the proceeds of the book go to The Foundation for Endangered Languages.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call or drop in to book.

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

Please join us for a glass of wine on Wednesday, 8th October, and listen to Margaret Willes talking about her book, Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books. The book charts the history of our changing relationship with books, including their sale and marketing, collecting and borrowing.

For the evening at The Broadway Bookshop, Margaret will focus on libraries. A dull subject, you might suggest. But she will show how the development of the library system in Hackney included moments of high drama, as well as elements of comedy.

Margaret Willes was the publisher for the National Trust until 2005. She has always worked in the publishing industry, but since her retirement she has had the time not only to research the very wide range of topics covered in Reading Matters, but also to visit many remarkable survivals, including a cabinet of books belonging to an early 17th-century gentleman preserved in a church near Reading to the library of miners at Leadhills in Lanarkshire founded in 1741.

Tickets £3 including wine, call, email or drop in to book.

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

Wednesday, 17 September 2008 at 7.00pm

Sarah Wise, author of The Italian Boy, will be joining us to read and discuss her latest book illuminating another fascinating story from East London's past.

The Old Nichol was a 'notorious fifteen-acre slum' in Shoreditch, on the site of which we now find the Boundary Estate centred around Arnold Circus. In the late nineteenth century this area was targeted for reform and Sarah 'explores the real lives behind the statistics....laying bear the social and political conditions that created and sustained this black hole...'.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call or drop in to book.

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

The peasant revolutionary turned lifestyle guru, the former Shaolin monk working on a Shanghai building site, the once-conservative father running a gay hotline - and the teenagers who just want to dress up as their favourite Japanese cartoon characters. Welcome to the new China, a nation in motion, where whole streets are rebuilt in a week, car ownership is soaring, education goes private and rural workers migrate to the cities in search of a better life.

Former BBC correspondent Duncan Hewitt lives and works in China and has witnessed first hand the impact and speed of these vast social and economic upheavals. His timely book speaks with the voices of everyday people as they learn to adapt to one of the most rapid transformations in human history.

Born in 1966, Duncan Hewitt spent his first year in China from 1986-7, while studying Chinese at Edinburgh University. He went on to work as the BBC’s China correspondent as well as writing for the Guardian, Observer and The Far Eastern Economic Review. He currently writes for Newsweek and divides his time between England and Shanghai.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call or drop in to book.

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 LowJournalist Valentine Low will be here to read and discuss his book One Man and his Dig, about the trials and tribulations of allotment gardening.

A funny and original look at the various crops and characters the author encountered during his years tending a west London allotment. Based on the much-loved column in the Evening Standard, this is an essential guidebook for all green-fingered urbanites.

"He's entertaining, amusing and his chirpy optimism would help anyone staring glumly at their current patch of mud......a funny and original book on allotment life". (Publishing News, February 2008)

Join us for a glass of wine or two, tickets £3.

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 BonanzaGuaranteed Sunshine at London’s smallest urban beach.

Enjoy a good old-fashioned Seaside scorcher this Bank Holiday, without leaving London. On Saturday May 3rd, for one day only, our shopfront will be transformed into an urban beach with a difference. It will become a sunny, sandy paradise of yesteryear (on a reduced scale), to celebrate the publication of Robert Mighall’s book Sunshine: One man’s search for happiness.

All the traditional delights of the British seaside can be sampled, with the addition of GUARANTEED SUNSHINE, from Mighall’s book, the very first to tell the story of the British love affair with the sun.

So, knot yourself a hanky, pack yourself a thermos, and stop him and buy one at Broadway Books this Bank Holiday Saturday.

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

Local author and journalist Oliver Poole will be joining us to read from his book The Red Zone, based on his experiences in Iraq while working for the Daily Telegraph.

Tickets £3 including wine, please call or drop in to book.

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 RiverAn exhibition of new paintings by Martin Horton.

These paintings continue Martin Horton’s semi-abstract depictions of water, its reflections, textures and movements.

Born in the West Midlands but now living and working in London - Martin studied at Birmingham and Coventry Schools of Art, first Design and then Fine Art.

Martin worked for many years in theatre as a set designer and scenic artist before starting his own business, Get Set, making trendy room sets for the advertising industry and pop videos. During this time he was working with major photographers including Terence Donovan and Spencer Rowell.

In 2000 Martin returned full time to painting and opened his own art gallery in Brighton, which ran successfully for 5 years until he moved to London.

The Resurrection of the Body by Maggie Hamand

Wednesday, 12 March 2008 at 6.30pm

We are delighted to welcome local author Maggie Hamand who will be joining us to read from her new novel The Resurrection of the Body, a mystery exploring love, religion and madness.

Maggie is a journalist, non-fiction author and novelist. In 2000–01 she was Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison, London, and in 2004–07 a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at London University of the Arts.

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine.

Xiaolu Guo

Friday, 29 February 2008 at 6.30pm

Xiaolu GuoXiaolu returns to read from her new novel 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth.

Her last novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was one of our bestsellers last year.

Tickets are £3 which includes a glass of wine, please phone or drop in to book.

James Meek

Thursday, 14 February 2008 at 6.30pm

James MeekJames will be joining us to read from his new novel We Are Now Beginning Our Descent, published on 7th February.

James has published three novels, Mcfarlane Boils The Sea, Drivetime and The People's Act of Love, which won the Ondaatje Prize and the SAC Book of the Year Award.

Tickets are £3 which includes a glass of wine, please phone or drop in to book.

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

We are delighted to welcome back Iain Sinclair and look forward to meeting Rachel Lichtenstein who will be reading from her new book On Brick Lane.

This is a ticketed event, £5 entry includes a glass of wine. Please call or come in to book.

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

Michael is joining us to read from A New Waste Land in which he 'adapts and extends the structure, music and apocalyptic collage of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land of 1922 to take a hard look at the state of planet earth
today'.

This is a ticketed event, £3 includes a glass of wine. Please call or come in to book.

Green is the New Black by Tamsin Blanchard

Thursday, 6 September 2007 at 6.30pm

We are excited to be hosting the launch of Tamsin's new book, which includes facts and tips to help navigate the minefield that is ethical fashion.

'Does our shopping addiction contribute to climate change? What's so special about organic cotton? Who are the real fashion victims behind the £3 jeans? With fashion secrets from celebrity friends, Green is the New Black is the chicest, greenest survival manual around.'

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

£3 entrance - redeemable on any book purchased. Please call to book in advance.

Haven't you ever wanted to break out of the rat race and find a place to be free? Whether for the weekend or for a lifetime, Nick Rosen explores off-grid living, combining irreverent travellogue with 'how-to' essentials. The talk covers his reasons for going off-grid, the political context of the off-grid movement, and why there needs to be changes in the law to allow more people to go off-grid.

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

Ronan Bennett, perhaps best known for his novels The Catastrophist and Havoc, in its Third Year, has agreed to read at our April event.

As well as being a very talented novelist, Ronan also writes for film and television, and is a talented journalist. Uncommonly for writers these days, he isn't scared of engaging with difficult political issues – 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.

David Peat

Wednesday, 18 April 2007 at 6.30pm

On a special visit to London from the Pari Centre for New Learning in Tuscany, the theoretical physicist will be talking about his latest book 'Pathways of Chance' and the many ideas it explores – the Blackfoot Sun Dance and his meetings with Native Americans, interactions with artists and scientists, Carl Jung and Synchronicity, quantum theory and the limits to what we can know, life in a medieval Italian village and the idea of Gentle Action.

Admission £3 redeemable against the cost of any book on the night. Please call for tickets.

^top

Forthcoming Events »