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Newham Word Festival

Newham Council is committed to ensuring all our residents have access to literature - whether it’s written, spoken, performed or exhibited. That is why we are working with Stratford’s Discover Children’s Story Centre to offer a two-week programme of free events designed to show residents the beauty of the written and spoken word. 

This year’s Newham Word Festival will run from 25 February to 11 March and will bring together local and international artists, writers, performers, journalists and poets for a vast variety of events that will be held at venues across the borough, including libraries, community centres and schools.
​The Newham Word Festival includes:

Michael Rosen in conversation with Danny Braverman

7 March, 7pm, Stratford Library

Author Michael Rosen will talk us through his humorous and moving memoir So They Call You Pisher! It recalls the first 23 years of his life through to his journey of radical self-discovery to writing and performing in experimental political theatre. Joining him will be theatre-maker Danny Braverman, whose recent shows include the award winning solo show Wot? No Fish!!

Angie Thomas, Malorie Blackman

11 March, 1.30pm, Old Town Hall, Stratford

Angie Thomas is the Number 1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Hate U Give, also released as a movie last year starring Amandla Stenberg. Angie presents her new novel On The Come Up, which follows Bri, a young aspiring female rapper. She’ll be joined by legendary author Malorie Blackman talking about her powerful new Noughts & Crosses story, Nought Forever. This event is for schools only.

The Life Changing Magic of Numbers, Bobby Seagull

6 March, 7pm, Forest Gate Library

Newham’s own maths whiz Bobby Seagull was obsessed with numbers long before he found fame on TV’s University Challenge. With stories from his life Bobby will illuminate the world of numbers and bring his infectious enthusiasm to audiences in Forest Gate.

Newham Comic Factory: Workshops & Exhibition

2 March, 11am, 12.30pm and 3pm,

East Ham Library Comic book enthusiast, writer, actor and storyteller John Currivan will run the event and three workshops where you can learn to make your own comics. The exhibition will be open throughout the day, as well as during the workshops.

​For more details and to see the full programme visit www.newhamwordfestival.org ​ 

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