Aweganic continues. In uptown E11

Word Song wow!

Twas great to be part of Word Song today at Leytonstone Library E11 with Andrea co-piloted by Karl. Whoever knew what to expect and we didn’t need to worry either cos  the song and words workshop  was organic in its process.sara wordsSara taking notes.

Remember Michael Rosen’s “Hackney Streets” performed by Brooke House (BSix) drama students at The Round Chapel, Clapton about 7 years ago (before it turned hipster) ? To me that was an ace production using words alone and real experiences all rehearsed then set in a dark cold space. Today we appreciated songs and poems, rapping and singing by interacting with texts physically and each other. andreaAndrea directing.

Not a mass of participants as per at these given workshops, designed to engage the community whatever she looks like but we were quality. It was vibrant and was story-telling, voiced in harmony and individually. A good experience in out of the rain.dianaEnergised at Leytonstone.

We were asked to bring along any songs we’d written so I scribbled mine down in fat felt-tip and recorded on my mobile phone. Sara brought along a poem dedicated to her mum whilst Mary gave us an hymn written by her fabulous father. We cried, laughed, showed off, spoke French,  got rid of our inhibitions almost and lunched together mid-way through the three hours of intense creativity.

Elton John move over!

My song

my song


Up Your Street. issue 7

IWD with UYS 2013

Tues 26th Feb £1.50 8pm The Bell Pub Quiz , Forest Road, Walthamstow . (weekly).

Thurs 28th Feb £5 POSTPONED DUE TO SICKNESS. 26th April is the new date.

Book online @ Redbridge Drama Centre  8pm.Scamp Theatre


Growing Old Disgracefully

Directed by
Nigel Planer
Welcome to the Blue Rinse Mountains of Virginia! When an agony aunt reaches sixty, she can lie like a trooper, jump off a bridge – or take to the stage. Virginia Ironside explains that fun funerals, grandchildren and sex – or, even better, no sex – make the sixties the best – and funniest – time of your life…good life
Wed 6th Mar £5 6.30pm .Stratford east PictureHouse E15 “Under The Cranes” Social documentary film  with Rosen’s poetry.

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Asda Temple Mills E10 Matzos. 50p a packet at Asda!

Tesco Bakers Arms      5pm on Tuesdays is huge final reduction time on fresh meat.

Tesco Walthamstow Bus Station notice-board is managed by Up Your Street. Advertise your For Sale for free.


Another cold church hall.

A Taste Of Hackney resumed today with 50% of the participants coming through promotion by Up Your Street. The term is scheduled with activities towards making an app all about memories and experiences of Ridley Road Market, Dalston Hackney.

We moved out of Colvestone School after being introduced at last to the head teacher and into St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Rise. The church is magnificent from the outside. Inside it was freezing and being painted.. Brr! Lots of wooden floors.

The project introduces how to construct a web-site i.e. using WordPress blog sites.

There is a free day of learning about WordPress at The Mill E17. See issue 3 of Up Your Street.

At A Taste Of Hackney,  it was raised by a couple of volunteers that the emphasis is always on the experiences of the West Indian and Jewish immigrants with a deliberate dismissal of  the experiences of the indigenous  white English population. The response was that that needed to change. And we were all reminded that the West Indian population is and was from different islands with different cooking ways and cultures. That is, it’s not all rice ‘n’ peas. To be fair, the project was advertised as one for ethnic minorities and that ‘s all to do with funding, don’t we know. To be brutal, the community (Hackney residents) hardly responded to the call to get involved. The sessions are held from 0915h  on cold frosty mornings and we don’t all live next door to the market.

Looking forward to sessions at the new Dalston Archives and to hearing the former Children’s Poet Laureate, Michael Rosen.

Went over to Tesco, Hackney after the cold church hall to buy my Ghanaian Palm Oil. £2.99 a litre with points.