Writeidea Festival, Suffragettes Talk & Exhibition, 1920s German Paintings

Syvia Pankhurst mural

Writeidea Festival 2018

This weekend (16-18th Nov) Tower Hamlets Council’s reading festival will take place at the Whitechapel Idea Store. See the full programme here where you can book free tickets to hear your favourite local authors. On Saturday at 2.30pm Melanie McGrath, author of “Pie and Mash Down the Roman Road” will discuss her research. Melanie will also reveal some of the true life stories from her book. Reserve your free seat here.

Book Clearance Sale, BlackHeath, on Sun 17th Nov

Amnesty International are having a clearout from 10am – 4pm at Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row, London SE10 8BF (about 10 mins walk from Lewisham Station, or 20 mins from Greenwich).

They say: The quality of books – many of which are brand new – is very high. There will be a wide variety of bargains to be found…  all books will be half their marked price for the whole day.”

Talk: Who Were The East End Suffragettes?

On Weds 21st Nov 2018 Sarah Jackson and Mary Davis will reveal who the activists, feminists, socialists and dissidents were. This was mostly all happening in Bow. Book your place at the talk here. It’s on at Four Corners, 121 Roman Road, E2 0QN, opposite Globe Town market.

Whilst you are there you can also see the 100 year old photos of Norah Smyth, who was a central figure in Sylvia Pankhurst’s East London Federation of Suffragettes. A talented artist and organiser, Smyth used her photographic skills to provide images for the ELFS newspaper, The Woman’s Dreadnought, alongside promotional postcards and catalogues, focusing in particular on local women and children living in poverty. Read more here. The exhibition is open Tues to Sat 11 – 6.

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33

This is a great free exhibition on the 4th floor of the Tate Modern. The venue is a bit industrial, and doesn’t feel like an art gallery, but I can thoroughly recommend this show. There are good explanations of what was going on at the time, and there’s even a Spotify playlist of music from the era to listen to. Featured artists include George Grosz who created biting critiques of life in 1920s Berlin, and Otto Dix who painted, in his own words, “life undiluted”. There’s lots to see. I thought it was a brilliant exhibition and will revisit.

The local police kindly sent us the announcement below:

Limehouse Police

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