Tonight what with the jolly good company, the flow of the wine and the whiff of cinnamon in the bread pudding, the RAGWORKS art exhibition launch at The Centre For Better Health was a blast.

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People came from  Hackney, Haringey, Waltham Forest and Islington to enjoy wall-hangings, embellished bags, poetry readings and story-telling. The time went past quickly in a warm basement gallery out of the fog. People loved the nod to Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn” in the form of “Girl With A Pearl Earring”. Another woman wanted to take “Cinderella” home and a guy gave us all  a West Indian story prompted by “Anansi” who is depicted hanging onto his RAGWORKS rope.

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We had poems about a beloved father, pigeons in Lloyd Park Walthamstow, being in a prison cell, ‘duppies’ in the dark and experiences of being homeless. There was much more.

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Someone visited from the art therapy class so we enjoyed more vibrant art and smashing words.

In the Gallery  yellow light,  the RAGWORKS wall-hangings look sparkly with their winking sequins and shiny buckles. “We Three Kings” are imposing in their finery and size. The Leyton Reminiscence Quilt served as an adornment and a practical mat for any visiting toddlers .

Debbie from the poetry-sharing sessions at the Centre For Better Health presented a bouquet of gorgeous carnations to the artist  as a gift from one creative being to another. Much appreciated . She read poems galore then shared some of her very interesting stories about machine sewing back in the day.

Do you know how nice it is to sit amongst the cream of human beings who want to share their craft, their captivating words, and to be under the colours and shapes in the textile wall-hangings? Beautiful.

Twas an organic evening!

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.