Words Over Waltham Forest: Art, Performance, Music and Food

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October 25th to November 17th 2013


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As promised here is a digest of festival events with art, performance, dance, sound, music and food. There is a lot to choose from so do make sure you have a good browse through the newsletters or the full programme here.

This festival has been lovingly devised and crafted by your local neighbourhood so do go along and support their hard work or take the opportunity to do some writing yourself.

Look out for our team of amazing festival volunteers with festival badges and book bags - Huge thanks to them for helping to support audiences around the borough and share the latest news.

Hope you can join us for the launch on Friday evening at Walthamstow Central Library, 5-7pm.

Enjoy!

 

Stride

“Stride” is an interactive 11-mile self-guided poetic journey taking in the streets, communities and cultures and natural environments of the borough. Walthamstow-born poet John Hudson has created 44 poems to represent over 17 nationalities which the trail leads through. Poems will be dotted along the route and include a QR code which will enable smart phone users to hear a recording of the poem or you can find the recordings and guide on our website here.
 

25 Oct

Words over Waltham Forest Launch: ‘This is Me’
Walthamstow Library
Join ‘Waltham Forest Arts in Education Network’ and ‘Learning
Disability Experience’ for a glass of wine, inspiring performances and a first look at the 'This Is Me' exhibition. Also performing her Walthamstow poem from the London Lines project we will welcome spoken word artist, slam poet and Artistic Director of SLAMbassador's UK, Joelle Taylor
No booking required, just come along!
5pm-7pm

Word on the Street - Private View
Pictorem Gallery Picture Framers, 383 Hoe Street, E17 9AP
We will be exhibiting a range of works that relate to the title in the broadest possible sense but which utilise text in some way. There will be prints, photography, drawing, embroidery, graphic design and street art by selected local artists. Word on the Street suggests the exhibition’s literary context as well as nodding to the gallery’s location on Hoe Street, one of the main thoroughfares in the borough. This will be the second collaboration between Pictorem Gallery and dolores rocket.
PV Friday 25th October, 7pm-9pm
26 Oct-16 Nov
Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5.30pm 
 

26 Oct

Writing on the Wall
Old Abbey Litho Printers, 39 Orford Road, E17 9NL
Private View of the exhibition with readings by members of Forest Poets who have written new works inspired by the photographs of Mark Sowden, Julia Spicer and Paul Tucker.
7pm-9pm

Gifted Expressions
Walthamstow Library
Free your mind and your smile at this creative expression workshop with Gifted Circle Movement, filled with short activities designed to inspire and invigorate your artistic side.
Book your place today at www.giftedexpressions1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm-4pm

Music & Poetry Inspired By Love & Literature
- Charity Concert In Aid Of Whipps Cross Hospital
St Mary’s Church, Church End, E17 9AP
Featuring beautifully moving music from special guest, guitarist Sam Brown from the Royal College of Music and lively, inspiring well-loved songs from Waltham Forest Community Choir directed by Marie-Claude Perreault. Also performing are the Modality Youth Choir the teenage all-girls choir founded and led by Jenny Ewington (singing teacher to Britain’s Got Talent finalists, Jonathan & Charlotte). Not to be missed.
£10 per person or £20 for a Group Ticket for 4 persons; please phone 020 8503 2665 to book.
2pm-4pm

27 Oct

Opening Party
The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road, E17 5RG
Pop-up food stalls (including vegetarian options and cakes from Babooca)
Music & poetry throughout the day:see www.inputoutput.org.uk for details nearer the time Free event - just turn up on the day. Hat passed round for musicians every now and then
2pm to late

29 Oct

Gifted Expressions
Lea Bridge Library
Free your mind and your smile at this creative expression workshop with Gifted Circle Movement, filled with short activities designed to inspire and invigorate your artistic side.
Book your place today at www.giftedexpressions2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm-4pm

1 Nov

Tanglewood Tales
Walden Studios, 95a Lynmouth Road, E17 8AG
An eerie exhibition of books, posters, prints and paintings by Walden artists and selected guests. Bring a blanket for a night of halloweenish happenings and ghoulish tales.
Just turn up on the evening
6pm-11pm

 

 

 

 

 

2 Nov

Tanglewood Tales
Walden Studios, 95a Lynmouth Road, E17 8AG
An eerie exhibition of books, posters, prints and paintings by Walden artists and selected guests.
Just turn up on the day
11am-7pm

 


WAM and Strung Out perform Express Symphony
The Great Hall, Adelaide Road E10 5NN
In a sing-along and play-along extravaganza, 50+ singers and musicians come together to perform a colourful expression of life in our diverse, multi-cultural city: conveying the everyday motions and emotion of a London that is both inspirational and challenging.
Book your place today at www.express-symphony.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm-3pm

 

 

The Art of Writing
Hale End Library
An exhibition to honour the lost art of handwritten self-expression. Featuring 2D and 3D works and pieces for interaction with the public by 40 artists from Cornwall, London, Germany, Slovenia and the US.
 
Offical opening: Sat 2 Nov, 12-3pm
Live music by French for Cartridge, Write a letter to the world with www.globalloveletters.com, Print your very own imaginary friend with Jairo and Nicola, Shape a word from wire and add it to our installation, Write and paint in our friendship book. http://exhibitions.weebly.com/the-art-of-writing-2013.html

26 Oct - 23 Nov 2013
Tue, Wed, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm


3 Nov

Words to Music
The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road, E17 5RG
A celebration of the art of writing lyrics. Local singer/songwriters will be playing and discussing their own compositions. Plus some examples of classic lyric-writing through the ages. See www.inputoutput.org.uk for details nearer the time. Pop-up food stalls (including vegetarian options and cakes from Babooca)
£2 entry on the door
6pm-11pm

Tanglewood Tales
Walden Studios, 95a Lynmouth Road, E17 8AG
An eerie exhibition of books, posters, prints and paintings by Walden artists and selected guests.
Just turn up on the day
11am-7pm

4 Nov

Pop-up Picture House presents: Inkheart
North Chingford Library
A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook hero. Book your place today at www.inkheart.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
4.30pm-6.30pm

6 Nov

Jetsam and Gareth E Rees present: A Dreamlife of Hackney Marshes
Ye Olde Rose and Crown Pub, Walthamstow
Join us for an evening of music, film and spoken word exploring our relationship with place. ‘A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes’ is a musical journey through East London’s Lower Lea Valley. Walking among the Victorian filter beds, Blitz rubble and ancient pastures, a man dreams of love with an electricity pylon....
With guest performances from:
Kadialy Kouyate, kora
Kareem Brown, spoken word
AND!!! Get a copy of our beautiful Dream Life CD, made by Frances Castle at Clay Pipe Music, before it is released on Monday 11th November.
Tickets at buytickets.at/jetsam £8 (£6 concessions)
7pm

9 Nov

St. Mary's, Walthamstow Bellringers, Mobile Bell Tower

The Mall, 45 Selbourne Walk, E17 7JR

St. Mary's Bellringers will be erecting a mobile Bell Tower in The Mall. This will be used for demonstrations and opportunities for the public to 'have a go'. The bells are very light and suitable for children. The purpose is to raise awareness of bellringing and to raise money for our Bell Restoration Fund. Free event. Just turn up.
10am-5pm

In the footsteps of John Clare
Suntrap Forest Education Centre, Suntrap, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton IG10 4AJ
Come and enjoy an autumn afternoon of family activities at Waltham Forest's environmental education centre, inspired by Epping Forest and poet John Clare, including a short talk, self-guided activity trail in the forest and arts & crafts. Drop in activity. Talk and self guided activity trail free.
£2 per person craft/art activity.
12pm-3pm

Word Song Adults Workshop
Leytonstone Library
Bring your words, favourite music and original compositions.
Explore new forms of self-expression with WordSong’s poet and musician and create exciting, new material. For ages 18+, all abilities welcome.
Book your place today at www.wordsongadult.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
12pm-3pm (Registration at 11.30am)

Word Song Performance
Leytonstone Library
Celebrate with the adult and youth WordSong workshop attendees, as together they perform their new creations to friends and family. Plus be inspired by performances from the talented workshop facilitators.
Book your place today at www.wordsong-live.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
6pm-8pm

10 Nov

A Joy Forever – Sunday Lunch in the Company of Keats
Arts & Crusts, 19 Victoria Road, E17 4JT
In the teens of the nineteenth century, Romantic poet John Keats would lace up his boots and walk the nine miles from his Hampstead home to Walthamstow, where his beloved sister Fanny lived in the care of her guardians. Join poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims for a Keats-suffused Sunday roast: a three-course lunch inspired by Georgian food history, cooked by local professional chef Eliza Welsford, and interspersed with readings from Keats’ poems and letters. As Winter begins, come and enjoy an afternoon of good food and drink, candle-lit companionship and some of the tenderest poems in the English language. In association with the Poetry Society. Three-course lunch £30. Vegetarians catered for. Quality wines available for purchase. Limited availability.
Please book in advance by calling Andrew at Arts & Crusts on 07736 669691, or online at www.edibleexperiences.com (inc. booking fee).
1pm-4pm

 

Ajos Dance Fandango! Trip the Light Fantastic
The Mall, 45 Selbourne Walk, E17 7JR
Ajos Dance Theatre presents an event loaded with dance, poetry, photography, music and theatricality for everyone in Walthamstow to enjoy as part of the Words over Waltham Forest literary festival.
Come see Shakespearean sonnets animated with movement and gestures, Milton and Yeats brought to life through music and dance. An event not to be missed!
Bringing together a dream team of performance artists who work within the community, Ajos Dance Theatre is an exciting new performing arts group championing positive social change within the local neighbourhood. An event for the entire family and community!
Free event - donations welcome
12pm- 2pm

Remembrance Sunday
The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road, E17 5RG
An evening of WW1 poetry, letters and music.
Free event. Just drop in.
6pm-11pm

12 Nov

The Baby Bubble: Comedy for new mums
Leytonstone Library
A two woman comedy play by new mums for new mums (and dads and carers) combining sketch, songs and stand up; exploring the funny side of sleep deprivation, baby brain and sick in the eyebrow…
Book your place today at www.thebabybubble.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
10am-11am

Writing With Your Ears
North Chingford Library
Discover the power of live music to inspire plot, atmosphere and characters. Write alongside musicians and create your own work in response to the music.
Book your place today at www.writingwithyourears.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
6.30pm-8.30pm

13 Nov

Rob Auton: The Sky Show
Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 53 Hoe Street, E17 4SA
Rob Auton is the winner of the 2013 Funniest Joke of The Edinburgh Fringe Award. The Sky Show is about the sky and the things in it; you know, clouds, birds, balloons, weather, colours, thrown balls, etc. This show is suitable for people who have seen the sky and enjoy looking up. Following on from last year's Yellow Show, a show about the colour yellow, Rob Auton turns his attention to the sky. ‘Exactly the sort of show you should see... You will carry the memory with you for a long, long time’ (Scotsman). ‘A strange and magical experience’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Presented by Forest Poets in association with The Poetry Society.
£5 + 95p admin fee through www.robauton.eventbrite.co.uk
8pm-10pm

A Common Rhymer? George Gascoigne, Walthamstow’s Elizabethan Poet
George Gascoigne, one of the often-overlooked generation before Shakespeare, is remembered in Walthamstow as the town’s own Elizabethan poet. He was also a soldier turned pacifist, a lawyer, a writer of prose fiction before the time of the novel, a courtier who failed at court despite being the inventor of the cult of Elizabeth as a demi-goddess married to her country, a member of a family so dysfunctional that his mother stole his sheep, and an MP who was drummed out of parliament for being a “common rhymer and notorious ruffian”. Join Clio’s Company in an evocation of the world of Gascoigne and his circle – there will be scandalous new poetry, the latest music and gossip from court, and a chance to try the choicest wine.
£10 plus £1.25 booking fee in advance. Tickets from: www.gascoigne.eventbrite.com
7:30pm - 10:30pm

14 Nov

Our Community, Our Word, Our Voice
Walthamstow Library
A fusion of art and spoken word that evokes the thoughts and emotions which encapsulate the diversity of Waltham Forest. Developed by the Amber Ray Project.
Book your place today at www.amber-ray-project.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
4pm-6pm (Exhibition)
6pm-8pm (Performance)

15 Nov

No Master's Voice: an evening of radical words and song
Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 53 Hoe Street, E17 4SA
Taking a lead from the socialist chant: 'No Master' by William Morris, songwriter Steve White, from the Protest Family and poet Roger Huddle present an evening of radical music and words. They will be joined by The Traveling Irons, Other Theresa, Russ Chandler, Graham Larkbey & Tom Sinden, plus special guests. By bringing together singers, musicians and poets we want an evening that will say something, mean something, maybe change something.
Email roger.huddle@ntlworld.com for enquiries or further information
£5 entry on the night
7.30pm-11.30pm





 

16 Nov

Knitting Pattern
(2 performances)
Walthamstow Library
If you could knit the pattern of your life, how would it look? Come and watch as Three Fates knit destiny in this unusual play. Book your place today at www.knittingpattern1.eventbrite.co.uk (morning show) or www.knittingpattern2.eventbrite.co.uk (afternoon show) or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
11am-11.45am
 2pm-2.45pm

 

Jam Tarts
The Nag's Head Pub [upstairs function room], 9 Orford Road, E17 9LP
Auntie Maureen and dolores rocket together make Jam Tarts. And the Jam Tarts entertain with wine, women and song. Combining herstories - Auntie has been handle cranking since the Titanic and dolores has been disc spinning since nineteen canteen - these two tarts will be hosting a jolly disco with a difference. Dance the night away with specially selected sounds by women songwriters, composers, musicians and singers. She writes, she sings, she plays, she spins! We are tarts that jam, we are Jam Tarts!
£5 entry, payable upstairs on the door on the night
First 33 paying guests get a free jam tart
8pm-12am

17 Nov

Music To Words
The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road, E17 5RG
An eclectic evening of experimental collaborations between poets and musicians.
Expect the unexpected: see www.inputoutput.org.uk for details nearer the time.
Pop-up food stalls (including vegetarian options and cakes from Babooca)
£2 entry on the door
6pm-12am

Throughout the Festival

Into the deep dark forest...
Inky Cuttlefish, 5 Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS
Transforming Inky Cuttlefish into a forest with words and imagery. Local artists will be exhibiting artwork alongside poems and text in response to the title. Children and adults are encouraged to coming along and contribute text and images to our collaborative evolving fairy-tale which will create a 'Forest of Words' along one of the walls in the exhibition space. Late night opening with cheese and wine: Saturday 2nd November.
19 Oct-24 Nov
Saturdays and Sundays, 1.30pm-5.30pm

Morris in the Closet
The Gentleman's Closet, Penny Fielding Gallery & Interiors, 34 Orford Road E17 9NJ
Morris musings and thoughtful meandering in a gentleman's closet? Come eavesdrop what his words might have to say. This sound installation is lovingly produced by www.auntiemaureen.info.
26 Oct-17 Nov
Wednesdays-Sundays, 12pm-6pm

Writing on the Wall
Old Abbey Litho Printers, 39 Orford Road, E17 9NL
An exploration of words and images by Julia Spicer, Mark Sowden and Paul Tucker and members of Forest Poets, who have written new poems inspired by the artists' photographs.
26 Oct-2 Nov
Daily, 10am-7pm

Word on the Street
Pictorem Gallery Picture Framers, 383 Hoe Street, E17 9AP
We will be exhibiting a range of works that relate to the title in the broadest possible sense but which utilise text in some way. There will be prints, photography, drawing, embroidery, graphic design and street art by selected local artists. Word on the Street suggests the exhibition’s literary context as well as nodding to the gallery’s location on Hoe Street, one of the main thoroughfares in the borough.
This will be the second collaboration between Pictorem Gallery and dolores rocket.
PV Friday 25th October, 7pm-9pm
26 Oct-16 Nov
Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5.30pm



Love Cake & The Idiom

L'Hirondelle Coffee Shop, 160 Hoe Street, E17 4QH
Hand painted tiles utilising the motif of ‘Sign Language’ - the work mocks the popular idiomatic proverb ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it too’. [IDIOM - a: the manner of expression characteristic of or peculiar to a language, b: a specialized vocabulary used by a group of people, c: the characteristic artistic style of an individual, school, period, etc.]
Sign Language, like Sculpture, are both art and idiom, and in their purpose share the desire, need, and in some cases, the struggle to communicate. The drawings on tiles differ from previous work in this medium (see my website, www.steveyscullion.com or ‘Words over Walthamstow’ in ‘Finamore’ shop window, Orford rd, E17.) in that the work is more pictorial in its format and attempts to be more site specific to embrace the cosmopolitan nature of L’Hirondelle Coffee Shop.
26 Oct-17 Nov
Daily, 8am-6pm [closed Fri 1pm-2pm]

Protest Bottles
Leytonstone Library
Discover Raewyn Harrison’s beautiful exploration of protest; written messages and experiences from the public in response to recent government cuts. These protests have then been fired on to an iconic representation of one of the most infamous government cuts from the past…
26 Oct-17 Nov
Daily

The Art of Writing

Hale End Library
A group exhibition celebrating the increasingly lost art of handwritten self-expression. Artists from Cornwall, London and Europe present work in various media with interactive elements.
26 Oct-17 Nov
Daily

Pop-up Art Gallery
The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road, E17 5RG
Works on the theme of 'Words and Images' (including graphic art and typography)
27 Oct-17 Nov
Daily

'Book Marks'

Art Exhibition
The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HA
More than 20 talented local artists, designers and photographers have been brought together for this book-themed art show, curated by E17 Art House Framers and Gallery.
A rich array of work spans The Beano to The Bible by creatives including Hassan Vawda, Wendy Macmillan, Robert M Ball, Hannah Battershell, and Jonathan Thomas.
10 Oct-24 Nov

My Favourite Book - Portraits by Alex Bell
Significant Seams, 131 Wood Street, E173LX
Kindly hosted by Significant Seams, 'My Favourite Book' is a series of photographic portraits of the members of my fabulous book group. Members were invited to choose their favourite book and their favourite (or most common) place to read for their picture and the resulting images are displayed alongside extracts from their selected books.
26 Oct - 17 Nov
Tue - Sat, 10am-6pm

This is Me
Walthamstow Library
An exhibition of artwork exploring the theme of identity and celebrating the diversity of our community including work by:
Learning Disability Experience
Artwork exploring language, memories and words in pieces that include a papier mache tree exhibited at the TATE Modern in June 2013.
Community Day Services
Beautiful hand-made books and a hand-crafted detail the experiences and loves of individual artists using text and imagery.
George Monoux
Using traditional printmaking techniques, art students explored the idea of ‘Urban Nature’ to illustrate their own poems and verse - in the style of traditional illuminated manuscripts.
26 Oct-17 Nov
Daily






 

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