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Saturday 13th December at 2pm – stories for adults and children

Wednesday 17th December at 7pm – a performance of work from ‘Praise Songs’ by Jane Grell

These events are free, but please do book

These special storytelling sessions will be run by Jane Grell, a renowned performer and storyteller. Jane draws heavily on African-Caribbean folk tales that were passed down in the oral tradition. Her work is a celebration of life in Britain and the Caribbean and her poems explore journeys, memories and loss with both tenderness and exuberance.

Saturday’s 2pm session will be aimed at children, but adults are also encouraged to attend, with children or without. This will be a continuation of the popular sessions that we have been running with different age groups from Millfields School.

Praise SongsThe final session on Wednesday 17th December will focus on stories and poems from Jane’s book, Praise Songs. The book has been described as a “joyful celebration of life and the people who live it.” Jane guides us on journies from the Carribbean to East London, and backwards and forwards between past and present.

Jane Grell is a storyteller, writer, teacher and poet based in East London. She grew up in the picturesque village of Delices in Dominica and taught in Hackney and then Walthamstow before turning to oral storytelling to help develop children’s literacy.

‘The music of words in the African Caribbean oral tradition at its best’  –  Professor Tony Howard

These events are free courtesy of the James Patterson Fund

To book your place, please email info@pagesofhackney.co.uk as places may be limited.

 

Winter Warmer 2014

The London Klezmer Quartet, home-made mince pies and mulled wine, 10% off everything!

Monday 15th December, 7 – 9pm

Free – no need to book

This is klezmer at its most beguiling and seductive, with the subtleties of the original tradition, combined with a party atmosphere. Formed in 2009, the band is already popular throughout the UK, has had three sell-out tours in Australia, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and ABC Radio.

London Klezmer Quartet

“Virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing. What’s not to like?” Songlines Magazine

“I like the London Klezmer Quartet, and I like

their album.” BBC DJ Max Reinhardt

“The tradition is safe in their hands.” Sunday Times

 
Pages of Hackney offers a series of readings, discussions, debates, screenings, art exhibitions, performances and parties. These events are well-attended so do pop into the shop or pay by PayPal in advance to guarantee a place. We can only hold reserved tickets until 6pm on the night of the event. You can contact us on info@pagesofhackney.co.uk or 02085251452.

 Events Highlights of the past

29 September 2014 The Establishment: and how they get away with it Owen Jones discusses his follow-up to Chavs with Melissa Benn
12 April 2014
What Should We Tell Our Daughters? With Melissa Benn, Nimco Ali, Kat Banyard and Zoe Williams
1 April 2014 Andy Merrifield in conversation with Owen Hatherley about The New Urban Question
10 March 2014 Ben Campkin talked with Dave Hill about Remaking London
20 June 2013 George Monbiot in conversation with Leo Hollis -Feral
8 November 2012 Daniel Trilling in conversation with Owen Jones about the far right – Bloody, Nasty People
16 October 2012 China Mieville in conversation with Suzanne Moore for London’s Overthrow
11 October 2012 Sarah Wise talked about madness in Victorian times – Inconvenient People
20 September 2012 Neil Fraser on Over the Border: The Other East End
19 July 2012 The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State
4 July 2012 A People’s History of London with Lindsey German and John Rees
12 June 2012 The Bookshop Band performed downstairs in the 2nd hand book basement
22 May 2012 The Gentle Author and guests from Spitalifields Life
16 May 2012 Hackney Society launch for Hackney: An Uncommon History in Five Parts
3 May 2012 We launched the Hackney Anthology
8 March 2012 Margaret Willes on The Making of the English Gardner
25 January 2012 John Marriott on Beyond the Tower: A History of East London
26 July 2011  Iain Sinclair read from Ghost Milk
20 July 2011 Owen Jones discussed Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
12 July 2011 China Mieville talked about Embassytown
1 June 2011 Ross Perlin came and talked about Intern Nation
12 May 2011 Cinnamon Press with Jeremy Worman and Sue Vickerman
20 April 2011 Michael Foley talked about The Age of Absurdity
5 April 2011 Estate talk
10 March 2011 Simon Garfield came to discuss Just My Type
9 February 2011 Jenny Lord came to show us how to knit ipod socks
20 January 2011 Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings with Iain Sinclair & Ken Worpole
16 December 2010 Winter Warmer: Our annual Klezmer music, mulled wine and mince pies
16 November 2010 Francis Spufford reading from Red Plenty
12 November 2010 Jonathan Kemp reading from London Triptych
3 November 2010 The Meaning of David Cameron? Richard Seymour
21 October 2010 Lived in London. Blue Plaques
13 October 2010 Ned Beauman read from Boxer, Beetle
12 October 2010 Anonymous writing collective Wu Ming came and talked about Manituana
7 October 2010Rebecca Hunt read from her debut novel Mr Chartwell
29 September 2010 Rob Penn came to talk All About the Bike
23 September 2010 New Feminism and Reclaiming the F-Word with Kat Banyard and Catherine Redfern
8 September 2010 Dan Cruickshank talked about The Secret History of Georgian London
20 July 2010 Mark Hannam and Jo Wolff spoke about Southern Africa: Past and Future
14 July 2010 Nicholas Jubber talked about his book, Poets, Polymaths and Pleasure-Daughters: Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah’s Beard
8 July 2010 Private View for Luisa Alpalhao’s exhibition, 30 Days of Storytelling
6 July 2010 I R Charles read from her brilliant local book Under a Hackney Sky
30 June 2010 Mike Gerber spoke about Jazz Jews
27 June 2010 Cinnamon Press hosted their 2nd runaway success at Pages with a poetry afternoon including readings from local poet Claudia Jessop and international poets, Arlene Ang and Mark Fitzgerald
9 June 2010 Mike Marqusee talked with the Guardian’s Daphna Baram about his book If I Am Not for Myself
5 June 2010 Private View – Emerging Images by Valerie and Roger Dean
22 April 2010 Adam Foulds – the Booker shortlisted author of The Quickening Maze came to Pages
17 April 2010 Out of Step: A spoken word benefit for No Sweat
1 April – 31 May 2010 Amy Green Drawings – A Show of Small Gifts
25 March 2010 The Poetry of Healing: Medicine, Psychotherapy and the Arts A Dialogue with Iona Heath and Paul Gordon
5 – 31 March 2010 New Paintings by Alex Arnell – Private View
Pages Ruins February – A series of events on ruins
25 February 2010 Patrick Wright talked about A Journey Through Ruins: the last days of London
17 February 2010 Owen Hatherley talked about the ruins of urban regeneration
10 February 2010 ‘Ruins Tourism’ – Christopher Woodward talked with Ken Worpole
4 February 2010 Nick Haffner’s photographic exhibition opening for ‘Among the Ruins: Woolworths, Leytonstone, April 2009′
27 January 2010 One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, performed by author Craig Taylor and Co.
16 January 2010 Out of Step – an evening of Spoken Word
8 December 2009 Iain Sinclair and Bonnie Greer asked Is London British?
8 July 2009 Alain de Botton discussed The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work