The Waltham Forest Literature Festival launches on Tuesday 10 May and runs through to Saturday 21 May. The festival features a mind-boggling range of different events around the borough, including poetry, music, design, comedy and murder mystery.
Book-ish sounds like a pretty interesting event, running from 12-4pm on Saturday 21 May at Leytonstone Library (yep, just outside of E17 but we’ll forgive them). Book-ish is a fair of artists’ prints and cards on a literary theme, and is being run in association with E17 Designers and Forest Poets. We hear that Martin Adams from Stolen Image and Anna Alcock from Inky Cuttlefish are already signed up. There will be books, poetry, cards and posters to buy, cakes from Suzie’s Kitchen and Tony Tunes will be spinning some vinyl to get the party going. It costs a mere pound to get in, and that includes a drink. If you’re a designer or artists wanting to get involved, email Carolyn Abbott here.
Forest Poets are running a couple of other special events at the Literature Festival. On Saturday 14 May the Vestry House hosts poetry from Gerda Mayer, Kathy Towers, Lorraine Mariner, Graham Clifford and support from the Forest Poets. That kicks off at 6.30pm, entry is £4 which includes a glass of wine (and why not). Then on Wednesday 18 May, Walthamstow Library is the venue for Julia Bird, Heather Taylor, Liz Berry and Graham Buchan. Doors open at 7pm, again it’s £4 with a glass of red or white. More information os these events can be found on the Facebook page here.
Elsewhere in the Literature Festival, there are more events than we could hope to list. There’s ‘Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in Walthamstow’, a performance of ‘Broken Glass’ by Arthur Miller, drag artist Sally Starshine, a talk on radical Walthamstow, a Hitchcock night, gardening with Martin Cox, a poetry and indie night and much more, including plenty of events for children. Check out the full listings on the Waltham Forest council website here.