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Dolly Parton Literacy program to help Hackney children

Dolly Parton Literacy program to help Hackney children

Country and Bluegrass Singing sensation, Dolly Parton, is coming to town! The music legend who is currently on the UK leg of her Blue Smoke world tour, will be promoting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library,  a program she launched in 1997 to provide children a free, age-appropriate book on a monthly basis from birth through age […]

The Bankruptcy Diaries – A review and interview with author

The Bankruptcy Diaries – A review and interview with author

Hackney’s rich history has many aspects, but it is particularly feted for two things: being London’s revolutionary corner and its importance as an artistic hub. Often, these two collide and have provided many high points in Hackney’s cultural palette, especially its literary output. The best known of today’s Hackney literati is Ian Sinclair, a beacon […]

Book Review: Try Me, by Farah Damji

Book Review: Try Me, by Farah Damji

“When I was finally arrested in Hampshire, it wasn’t with sniffer dogs and screaming sirens. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon.” – Farah Damji, Try Me When a memoir begins with the author’s childhood abduction and ends with her prison sentence, it isn’t unreasonable to expect that the intervening pages be at least mildly diverting. […]

Shaun Attwood & Farah Damji Back In Stoke Newington

Shaun Attwood & Farah Damji Back In Stoke Newington

If like me, you missed this bad boy and bad bad girl turned good, at the much acclaimed Stoke Newington Literary Festival in June, here is another chance to see both authors read from their latest offerings, at Stoke Newington Library Gallery. Farah reads from her raw and no holes barred autobiography, Try Me. Her  […]

Author Mike Marqusee – At Pages Of Hackney 9 June

Author Mike Marqusee – At Pages Of Hackney 9 June

Mike Marqusee talks about his book,  If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jewat. Mike Marqusee’s book presents an account of the life of E V Morand, his Jewish-Irish grandfather, in inter-war New York. The book recounts Morand’s radical journey through religion and politics, his struggles with anti-Semitism and the twists and […]

Pages Of Hackney Presents: Cider Sponsored Art and Poetry

Private View for Amy Green’s “Drawings: A Show of Small Gifts.” This event has been featured in Time Out’s First Thursday Top 5 listing and is kindly sponsored by Kopparberg – Cider of Sweden – so free cider all night! The poet Stephane Mallarme saw that the making and effect of poetry is deeply similar […]