Up Your Street. Issue 14

Sat 13th April free 10-3pm Organiclea Market Stall outside Hornbeam Café Hoe Street E17                                                                                              .breakfast home made bread

                       50p  10-2pm Hackney St Joseph’s Hospice Mare Street. Major event, Jumble sale. Refreshments, nearly new, proper jumble and great community fun.

mary in her elementStreetliferadio.com is having a major site renovation so Mary Katherine Presents on Saturday mornings is off Cyberspace for a while.

Mon 15th April free 11-5pm “Synethesia” art exhibition at the Centre For Better Health. 1a Darnley Rd opp. Hackney Museum. Fine art from students at the Uni of East London Docklands. In and out of form multi-media exhibition. Jump in.

Tues 16 April. free. 2-4pm Hackney Museum

“Creative Maps Draw” and print locations past and present, and journeys that hold personal meaning for you, on top of current and historic maps of Hackney with inspiration from artists.

Thurs 18th April  free 11-12noon . Friendly book group discussing Nabokov’s “Lolita” Book Brunchers at Sutton House, Homerton.

                                   £2.50 for Silver Screen Members “Sofia Turns 100”. Hackney PictureHouse. Everyone welcome but seniors get a special rate as a member (Join Silver Screen for free).

                                      free 6-7.30pm Hackney Museum . Round table discussion about arts and well being. (Moved to May)

                                    free 6-7.30pm Poetry performance by Core artists.


Next week World Book Night giveaway and Leyton Orient tea dance for over 55s plus a film special screening at £1 in Greenwich.

Bombsites and Lollipops

Book Brunchers is strengthening. It hardly represents the diverse Hackney I know and love but hey we’re in Sutton House, off the beaten track. I enjoyed the hot chocolate for £1.90 from the cafe. “Do you want cream and marshmallows?” “Do I!” Mmm. That was my brunch.

 Jacky Hyams came to talk about her new non-fiction book “Bombsites and Lollipops”. Very lively Q&A with a great woman who maintains her working class roots and honesty. Pretty refreshing in our  Hackney at present. It was interesting to hear how she’d walked back to her old neighbourhoods and seen the changes and felt nothing. Remember Ascot geysers, tins of salmon and all those presents of boxes of Cadbury’s chocolates? There was a shared history in the packed room.

I recommended that we enjoy and pull to pieces Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” next month. I met Toby O’Connor an arts graduate involved in a project at The Games site which uses Calvino’s poetic work as an inspiration. Very exciting and relevant. We are reading it.

The marshmallows knocked me into tiredness and all my plans for the day swam around my tired head. The heavens opened . It was dark at 4pm!