The Broadway Bookshop
6 Broadway Market
London E8 4QJ

Phone: 020 7241 1626

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


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Current Exhibition

GHOST SHIP: An art project inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft's 'Letters from Norway' by Louisa Albani

Exhibition from Wednesday 10 October 2018

We are pleased to announce the opening of GHOST SHIP: An art project inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft's Letters from Norway by artist Louisa Albani.

Inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft – foremother of feminism, teacher & educational pioneer, writer, early human rights advocate, first female war correspondent – GHOST SHIP is a visual re-imagining of her Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway & Denmark that seeks to respond in fresh ways to Wollstonecraft's poetic account of her travels through the Scandinavian landscape.

The exhibition is accompanied by Louisa Albani's pamphlet of the same name (published by Night Bird Press). Louisa has also produced a limited edition (of 200) pamphlet Mary Shelley's Lost Story: A literary art project inspired by Maurice, or The Fisher's Cot - a story Shelley wrote for the daughter of Lady Margaret Mountcashell, who as a teenage girl had been tutored by her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft. Copies of both pamphlets are available to buy now at the shop.

GHOST SHIP is open to the public during shop opening hours (Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5pm) and continues until Friday 30 November 2018.

All original artwork exhibited is for sale. For enquiries please email:

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

GHOST TREES: Nature and People in a London Parish / A Talk with author Bob Gilbert

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 at 7.00pm

We are pleased to announce that Bob Gilbert (author of The Green London Way) will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 7 November to read from and talk about his new book Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish (published by Saraband). The book tracks the history of a patch of inner city – Poplar – through its trees: the living, the dead and the ‘ghost trees’, like the black poplar, whose presence is still visible today in the shape of the local landscape and community.

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

To find out more about Ghost Trees and its author please read on below.


Ghost Trees:
Nature and People in a London Parish
by Bob Gilbert

(published by Saraband)

Even in the brick and concrete heart of our cities, nature finds a way. Birds and mammals, insects, plants and trees – they all manage to thrive in the urban jungle, and Bob Gilbert is their champion and their chronicler.

He explores the hidden wildlife of the inner city and its edgelands, finding unexpected beauty in the cracks and crannies, and uncovering the deep and essential relationship that exists between people and nature when they are bound together in such close proximity.

Beginning from Poplar, the East End area in which he lives, Bob explores, in particular, our relationship with the trees that have helped shape London; from the original wildwood through to the street trees of today. He draws from history and natural history, poetry and painting, myth and magic, and a great deal of walking, observing and listening.

Beautifully written, passionate and defiant, Ghost Trees tells the secrets and stories of the urban wildscape, of glorious nature resilient and resurgent on our very doorsteps.


'Full of deep truths and improbable marvels, this beautifully observed book is a joyous hymn to the urban wild and a clarion call for better – greener, wilder – cities.'
– Patrick Barkham


Bob Gilbert is the author of The Green London Way (Lawrence & Wishart, 2012) and has written a column for Ham & High on urban wildlife for the last twenty years. A regular contributor to TV and radio, including Natural World and BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, Bob has also been a stand-up comedian, a long-standing campaigner for inner city conservation and chair of ‘The Garden Classroom’, a charity that promotes environmental education in London.

Praise for Bob Gilbert’s The Green London Way:

'More than ever now, as edgeland becomes a value to be fought over, we need the sanity and the calm informative voice of walkers like Bob Gilbert. This is more than an elegy, it’s an inspiration: open your eyes, see what is there and not what you are told is there.'
– Iain Sinclair

IN THE CITY OF LOVE'S SLEEP: Lavinia Greenlaw in conversation with Lara Pawson

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 at 7.00pm

Details to follow...

KINGS OF THE YUKON: An Alaskan River Journey: Adam Weymouth in conversation with Joanna Pocock

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 at 7.00pm

Details to follow...

THE ISLE OF DOGS: Before the Big Money / Mike Seaborne & Ken Warpole

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at 7.00pm

Details to follow...


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