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Newham Word Festival


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Poetry, film, storytelling, authors discussing their books, visual arts, debates, performances and lots more. Featuring artists from near and far, local and international, at the peak of their careers or just starting out, Newham Word Festival takes place across the whole borough.

There are 10 events taking place in the Royal Docks in various locations over the two weeks.

North Woolwich Library - Monday 25th February, 11am
Elmer’s Walk
An interactive 0-3 storytelling session by Discover Children’s Story Centre, based on the book by David McKee.

Britannia Village Hall - Tuesday 26th February, 9.30am
Elmer’s Walk
An interactive 0-3 storytelling session by Discover Children’s Story Centre, based on the book by David McKee.

RAW Labs - Friday 1st March, 6.30pm
Drink & Draw: Exploring Sexual Health and Removing STIgmas
Hosted by Rukiat Ashawe, a sexual health blogger and activist, we’ll be discussing STI’s, the stigmas surrounding them and the hard facts. We will be decolonising our understanding and previous education on sexual health and wellbeing, and look to how we can educate positively in the future, especially in this climate of online censorship.

RAW Labs - Saturday 2nd March , 7pm
The Body Utters Itself: Spoken Word, Agency and Identity
Bodies are categorised and identities assumed. However, the voice and body maintain undeniable powers of self-determination. Sonic Gaze brings together artists who use spoken word and performance to explore queerness and enact agency.

North Woolwich Library - Tuesday 5th March, 1:30pm
Inspirational Women and How They Changed the World with Genevieve Robinson
A high energy interactive storytelling session, exploring the phenomenal achievements of some of the most inspiring female figures from around the world.

The Crystal - Wednesday 6th March, 1:30pm
Julian Clary & David Roberts
It’s time for monkey business in this fifth outing for Teddington’s WILDEST family, the Bolds! Join Julian Clary and David Roberts as they bring The Bolds Go Wild to life with readings, comedy, interactive fun and games and LOTS of live drawing!

The Silver Building - Wednesday 6th March, 6:30pm
#BecauseWeveRead: Conversations and Collaboration
Local zine makers, book club and poetry collectives tell us the story of their journeys, their role in community change and their goals looking ahead in two panels hosted by Maryam Abdullah and Alliyah Riaz from #BecauseWeveRead London.

Britannia Village Hall - Thursday 7th March, 6:30pm
Big Them Up Showcase
Join Suhaila Khamis, Priscilla Nazziwa and Claumeo Kenzi for an evening showcase with music, rap, spoken word, dance and more in celebration of empowering ourselves, each other and celebrating our talents!

Compressor House - Friday 8th March, 10:30am
Humza Arshad
Expect a fun and educational 45 minute interactive event where Humza will introduce his audience to the world of Little Badman, talk about his own life and career and why he has turned his real life Pakistani aunties into characters in a book!

RAW Labs - Friday 8th March, 6:30pm
Drink & Draw: Deconstructing Nationality, Privilege and Borders
Hosted by Andrianna Lagoudes, an artist and social activist, we’lll be discussing nationality, privilege, and identity whilst we deconstruct borders and re-educate ourselves on national identity.

To find out more and book tickets visit the Newham Word Festival website.

Earlier Event: November 9
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