Writeidea Programme Friday and Saturday
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Friday 17 November
|The Gentle Author 7:00pm
East End Vernacular, Artists who Painted London's East End Streets in the 20th Century
The Gentle Author presents a magnificent selection of pictures - many never published before - revealing the evolution of painting in the East End and tracing the changing character of the streets through the twentieth century.
Among the artists included are John Allin, Pearl Binder, James Boswell, Roland Collins, Alfred Daniels, Anthony Eyton, Doreen Fletcher, Geoffrey Fletcher, Barnett Freedman, Noel Gibson, Charles Ginner, Harry Harmer, Elwin Hawthorne, Rose Henriques, Dan Jones, Nathaniel Kornbluth, Leon Kossoff, Cyril Mann, Jock McFadyen, Ronald Morgan, Grace Oscroft, Henry Silk, Harold Steggles, Walter Steggles & Albert Turpin.
Saturday 18 November
|Julian Woodford 1:00pm
The Boss of Bethnal Green
Julian Woodford uncovers the breathtakingly appalling life of Joseph Merceron (1764–1839), gangster and corrupt magistrate, who accumulated enormous wealth while presiding over the creation of the poorest slums in Regency London.
Ruling Spitalfields and Bethnal Green from his base in Brick Lane for half a century, Merceron gave the East End a reputation for ruthlessness and corruption that has lingered ever since.
|Monique Roffey 1:00pm
The Tryste: Female Sexuality in the 21st Century
Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born writer. She will be discussing her erotic novel ‘The Tryst’, which was published in the summer of 2017. Her novel ‘House of Ashes’, 2014, was shortlisted for the COSTA Fiction Award, 2015, as well as the OCM BOCAS Award 2015. ‘Archipelago’ won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Orion Award 2014. In 2010, her novel ‘The White Woman on the Green Bicycle’ was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, 2010 and the Encore Award.
|Gregor Gall 1:00pm
Bob Crow: Socialist, Leader, Fighter
Bob Crow was the most high-profile and militant union leader of his generation. The biography by Gregor Gall focuses on his leadership of the RMT, examining and exposing a number of popular myths created about him by political opponents. Using the schema of his personal characteristics, his politics and the power of his members, it explains how and why he was able to punch above his weight in indstrial relations and on the political stage, helping the small RMT union become as influential as many of its much larger counterparts. As RMT leader, Crow oversaw a rise in membership and promoted a more assertive and successful bargaining approach. While he failed to unite all socialists into one new party, he established himself as the leading popular critic of neo-liberalism, 'New' Labour and the age of austerity.
|Helen Babbs 1:00pm
Adrift, A Secret Life of London's Waterways
Helen Babbs is a writer, editor, and author.
'Adrift' explores the people, politics, history and wildlife of London’s canals and rivers, journeying by boat from east to west over the course of a year and taking in the River Lea, Lee Navigation, Limehouse Cut, Regent’s Canal and Grand Union. Blending nature writing, social observation and memoir, it is an intimate and unusual portrait of London, and of life.
Homes & Gardens described it as "a compelling exploration of river living", Waterways World called it "one of the best waterways books for decades", and Caught by the River praised its "utterly captivating prose".
|Clive Coward 2:30pm
Nigel Henderson’s STREETS: Photographs of London’s East End 1949-1953
In 1947 Nigel Henderson, Coastal Command pilot and artist, moved into Chisenhale Road, Bow. Nine years later he left for Essex having taking over 2,000 photographs of life in the East End. To support Tate’s publication STREETS this talk will bring to life Henderson's journey from Gordon Square to Bethnal Green, showcasing hundreds of images of East End street life after WWII, while establishing Henderson as an important artist, photographer and influencer within the British art scene of the 1950s.
|Patrice Lawrence 2:30pm
Patrice Lawrence is a Hackney-based author. She writes for young adults about the people and places she knows. Whether it’s the 38 bus, Holloway Road or the chicken shops or parks of east London, you’ll find her characters hanging out there. Patrice’s first novel for young adults, 'Orangeboy', was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and won the Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction and the Bookseller’s YA Prize. Her second novel, 'Indigo Donut', is about the aftermath of family tragedy, Blondie, guitars and belonging. It was published in July, 2017. Patrice is also the Programme Manager for London’s writer development charity, Spread The Word. Come and hear her talk about finding an agent, getting published, writing about tough themes and the power of music. Questions most definitely welcomed!
|Gary Younge 2:30pm
Another Day in the Death of America
Every day on average 7 kids and teens in America are killed by guns. Gary Younge talks about his new book, 'Another Day in the Death of America', in which he picked a day and found the families of the children who had been shot dead as well as exploring the themes arising from these fatalities.
Gary Younge is an author and broadcaster. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. After several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean, Gary was appointed The Guardian’s US correspondent in 2003, writing first from New York and then Chicago. In 2015 he returned to London where he is now The Guardian’s editor-at-large.
|Jerry White 4:00pm
Mansions of Misery: A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison
For Londoners of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, debt was a part of everyday life. But when your creditors lost their patience, you might be thrown into one of the capital’s most notorious jails: the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison. Jerry White introduces us to the Marshalsea’s unfortunate prisoners – rich and poor; men and women; spongers, fraudsters and innocents. Told through these extraordinary lives, Mansions of Misery gives us a fascinating and unforgettable cross-section of London life from the early 1700s to the 1840s. Jerry White is a Professor in Modern London History at Birkbeck and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of England.
|Frances Hardinge 4:00pm
A Skinful of Shadows
Writeidea is delighted to welcome the author of the Costa Award-winning 'The Lie Tree' to talk about her highly-anticipated new novel 'A Skinful of Shadows'.
Hear about Frances Hardinge's extraordinary writing career, how life has changed since winning the Costa Book Award and her latest dark historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny.
|Christine Wagg 5:30pm
Peabody in the East End
In 1862 George Peabody, an American merchant banker and philanthropist, founded the Peabody Trust to "ameliorate the conditions of the poor and needy” of London. He gave his trustees a total of £500,000 to build affordable housing, and “Peabody Buildings” remain a feature of London to this day. As its in-house historian, Christine Wagg is responsible for dealing with enquiries from researchers about Peabody's properties and early records, and she is joint author of a newly-published history of the charity.
|Sally Nicholls and Catherine Barter 5:30pm
Trouble a Bright Girl Can Make
Join fantastic YA authors Sally Nicholls and Catherine Barter as they delve into politics, activism and relationships in their latest books. Sally Nicholls’ historical novel ‘Things a Bright Girl Can Do’ follows three courageous young women fighting for the right to vote. As the First World War looms, how much are they willing to sacrifice? In Catherine Barter’s ‘Troublemakers’, fifteen year old Alena seeks to learn more about her past and her activist mother, against the backdrop of an increasingly fearful and bomb-threatened East End.
|Stella Duffy 5:30pm
A highly acclaimed novelist and theatremaker, Stella Duffy has twice won a prestigious Crime Writers' Association Dagger for her short stories. She has also won Stonewall Writer of the Year twice. She has written fifteen novels, written and devised fourteen plays and over sixty short stories, including several for BBC Radio 4. A co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign for greater access to culture for all, she was awarded an OBE for services to the Arts in 2016. Her latest novel, 'The Hidden Room', is a gripping psychological suspense novel.
|Max Décharné 5:30pm
Slang is the language of pop culture, it is the sound of street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honour, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of polite society.
In conversation with Travis Elborough, Max Décharné author of ‘Vulgar Tongues’ traces the many routes of slang, from the thieves and prostitutes of Elizabethan London to the present day, where the centuries-old terms rap and hip-hop still survive, though their meanings have changed.
|Andrew Czezowski & Susan Carrington 5:30pm
In Late 1976 punk exploded onto the music scene and in DecemberAndrew Czezowski, Susan Carrington and Barry Jones organised three gigs at the Roxy. They financed the venture with borrowed money (Jones, a musician, pawned his guitar to stock the bars, and hire sound equipment). The first show, on 14 December, was Generation X, a band Czezowski managed. The second on the following night was the Heartbreakers. The third, on 21 December, featured Siouxsie and the Banshees and Generation X. However, it was the Clash and the Heartbreakers that headlined the official gala opening on 1 January 1977 which was filmed by Julien Temple and finally screened on BBC Four on 1 January 2015 as 'The Clash: New Year's Day 77'. This is their story.