issue 7 Up Your Street

Wed   July 4th free (or dead cheap) all day course 9.30-3pm. Basic sewing at Priory Court Community Centre (and on 11th July) Phone  the Centre  and mention Up Your Street pls.

free              10-4pm      Last day of Steve Lewis  London as it was photography exhibition at Stratford Circus  E15.

free 11.30am but book info@apollomusicprojects.org       venue  The Hackney Empire

E5 Schools chamber music concert.Donations accepted.

Thur July 5th  free 10 am digital training at CLR Library, Dalston Junction  Hackney

                               free 2pm book at Hackney Picturehouse for a free seniors afternoon of films and a blockbuster and  tea , biscuits and a swing dance band. Arranged for us by Capital of Age Festival. Phone Hackney Picturehouse for your place.

Fri July 6th  free 11 am at Rosetta Arts Centre (West Ham Station) for informal introduction to “Understanding Visual Awarenes” a funded art appreciation course starting in October with Birkbeck University.

Sat July 7th free   2-3.30pm Mapping Your Manor walk around the Olympic site. Meet Lucy 2.00pm at Hackney Wick station. She will provide MP3s to listen to the podcasts.

Poems. poets, MP3s, walks, new trees, and positive leanings

Invitation from Lucy Harrison, artist, Mapping Your Manor”.

“Mapping Your Manor”, an Olympic and Paralympic site project celebrating local people’s anticipation and excitement around the Games 2012 launches on Sat Dec 10th.

with an exciting free led walk around the Games perimeter from 2-5pm meeting at Leyton and other points (tbc). This will be a walk using MP3 players to log in to the poems and readings, memories and revelations.

Gillian Lawrence’s poem inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be available to hear on the day and on the Mapping Your Manor website a week before.

and an audio presentation 5-7.30 pm in the Dillon Room, Theatre Royal Stratford east. Reserve your place with Lucy at mappingyourmanor@btinternet.com

ImagineUREvery1 Hackney Wick

Mapping Your Manor, Lucy Harrison’s project making podcasts for the Olympic and Paralympic Games site perimeter was at The Yard Theatre in Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick yesterday evening to record performed tweets and to interview actors, most of whom are volunteers who responded to writer Stewart Melton’s call to join in. The performance is enjoying very good attention and reviews.  The London Riots only prevented the opening night and that was a safety measure as everything else in the area was shut down.

Mapping Your Manor will be promoting its work at the Stratford Summer Festival on August 2oth. Here you have the chance to share and record memories of Stratford and if you’re new in the area you’ll have an interactive chance to shape its future too.

Last night I watched on Sky Vintage TV  “Donovan in Conversation” with Mike Read. This is a well-put together and edited (editor, Zeb Achonu) refreshing  story of Donovan as told by him as he is now and with some good archive material. Donovan certainly creates great images of exactly how it was in the old hippy days. He was greatly influenced by Scottish ballad poets and folk songs in the parlour, which was a nice touch as we remember pre-non-stop radio called ‘wireless’ and way before multi-channel telly.

Finished reading “Bombsites and Lollipops” which I downloaded from Amazon Kindle books to my PC for 99p! Not that interested in another memory of post war London but persevered with respect to Jacky Hyams whom I’ll meet on August 18th at Sutton House, Homerton, Hackney “Book Brunchers”.

Coincidentally Hyams the name  turned up in the programme on BBC1  “Who Do You Think You Are? featuring June off East Enders. That format  has had its day. It was interesting but edited to the degree that we see the same ole pictures all through out. Fillers.

Wasn’t High Street Seniors right to feel it is time to reclaim the streets from youth? Increasingly seniors are not visible on our streets after dusk. It’ll take a massive group effort to get High Street Seniors running post Riots. People do not believe the Riots are over.

 High Street Seniors are walking groups for seniors. The seniors walk together, some with sticks, in a group at dusk . They end up at a cafe or a pub for a cuppa. More often than not the tea is given freely with a lovely welcome. When they walked in Wapping they attended the launch of Madge Darby’s new book about the history of  Wapping and a fine evening they had. They now await an invitation from the Hermitage Community Moorings (many of the High Street Seniors belong to the volunteer group) to enjoy a river trip on the ‘Cabby’.