Up Your Street. Issue 7

 

Thurs 12th Feb  £3 1pm Hackney Picturehouse for Silver Screen members screening “La Cage Aux Folles” (English sub-titles). Become a member on the spot. No fee.

                              free 6-8pm Manor Park Library.Writing workshop with Courttia Newland. Book at  arts@newhamndp.co.uk

Sun 15th Feb    free 11-3pm Valentine’s Mansion at Gant’s Hill. Mind Body and Soul pampering event. All ages welcome.

Tues 17th Feb   £1.50  7-9pm (donation) The  Mill reading group “Brave New World”.

Wed 18th Feb    £3.00 11 am Empire Seniors in Walthamstow at the Scene E17 screening “The Imitation  Game” all about Turing, with tea too. The Feb 11th film is “Paddington”.

Thurs 19th Feb free 7pm Uni East London, Stratford Uni Square. “Uncovered Writers” Courttia Newland hosts an evening showcasing new writers. Book at Eventbrite. Great venue.

                            

                             free  2-4pm The Mill. Stories and us with Sonali. Come retired ones and share stories and memories over a  free cuppa (6 week course leading to a play). Email to book at sonalidb@gmail.com

Sat 21st Feb      free  2-9pm Harmony Hall .Truro Rd E17 “Rooms of Our Own” inspirational event All welcome. Book at Eventbrite.

Sun 22nd Feb free 2.30pm  “Local walk starting  outside Costa coffee facing Asda at ‘Leyton Mills’ retail park (3 hours car parking), and 5 or 10 minutes later passing Leyton Central Line Station (buses 58, 69, 97, 158).  The route passes pubs and the sites of cinemas, recalling the time when entertainment was more outside the home than inside.  It will be a good way of showing you, or reminding you of, the area.  Firm level surfaces with only kerbs for baby buggies and wheelchairs to negotiate. Ending at Leytonstone Station by 4.30

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Language formed.

Am halfway through “A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing”. Now the first page is enough to think you’ve bought a typo-laden rejected printer’s copy. Not so, for I am used to “Ulysses”, TS Eliot, Shakespeare, Courttia Newland, texting language and other written works in the making. So I blinked to clean my glasses as you do and carried on. Totes maze would have been accepted in 2012 when language and London changed for a while, when the Queen swung through the Stratford air, when art became anything.

I rested for a couple of hours to check some tickets at Eventbrite, some tickets for a show about loving the earth. It  was then time to check out some reviews of the book. I’d read the last pages as I do for all my literature. Some laugh. It’s like this. I’m in it for the structure and the language, the twists and the finale. Stories are astonishing to the extent that I am not going to know them all because some I just can’t bear to know. I know many to the extent that familiarity breeds a little frustration. The story of the half-formed thing is bad enough and has familiar characters such as the “holy Joes” and the chastising battering mother. However it unfolds through language that’s in a mind and not mine so unwittingly I move through the tale, concentrating on who is talking and when, bouncing on weird syntax and safe because I’m in that structure rather than in the mix with some unsavoury characters.

I’d released the book from the edge of my laptop and the line of my bust and was thinking whilst watching the “Broadchurch” trailer and remembering Joy at Words Of Colour and how strict she is regarding the use of language and clichés about all the new words and all the phrases invented by advert-makers and ourselves using old words for new meanings I’ve used comfortably post Olympics . Paralympics itself was a word to use out of respect even though its four syllables threw people and its meaning was upset by PC. Some of the words and phrases have been around a long time usually in Cyberspace or Dalston.

There’s      ” immersive theatre, barista, upcycling, lappie, tablet,  girl can, trending, cloud, streaming, Hijabi, Londonist, craftivist, You’re so money, hipster, artisan-bread, mindfulness, well-being, sustainable, interns, urbanist, food bank, ultra-local, pop-up, gone down, hub, surbunites, outage, Olympicopolis, Smithsonian, engaged,

And then totes amaze on the D&D registry, a playwright used “Hijabi” and an administrator is abandoning the concept of “immersive theatre”.

No condition is permanent.

Creatiive Writing with Courttia Newland. Like that!

 

Free Creative Writing Workshops with award-winning author, Courttia Newland

Newham New Deal Partnership (NDP) is offering free creative writing workshops in libraries and community centres across Newham in autumn 2014. The workshops will be led by NDP’s writer in residence, award-winning author, Courttia Newland with the support of Arts Council England. The workshops are open to anyone aged 12+ and will aim to get participants writing through fun, imaginative activities focused on short fiction. Activities will be tailored to the needs of the group.

The open workshop schedule is as follows:

Venue: Durning Hall Community Centre

Earlham Grove

London

E7 9AB

Dates: 30 September and 7 October Time: 5-7 p.m.*

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Venue: The Gate Library

4-20 Woodgrange Rd

London

E7 0QH

Date: 21 November Time: 2-3 p.m. (taster session)

Date: 28 November Time: 2-4 p.m.

*The Durning Hall workshops will build on each other.

All workshops are free, however booking is essential. In order to book, please contact: spatial.creative@gmail.com or telephone Newham NDP: 020 7366 6343

There will be additional events taking place in Winter 2014/15