Dozens of free mini literary events including readings, music and poetry are set to lift the spirits this November as Tower Hamlets’ tenth Writeidea Festival returns to the Idea Store Whitechapel from 16-18 November.
The festival, supported by Tower Hamlets Council, kicks off with a musical introduction from Urban Playground, Morpeth School’s amazing woodwind and brass ensemble, which has performed all over the world.
The much loved children’s author and poet Michael Rosen will read from his hilarious and moving memoir ‘So they call you a Pisher’.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “Tower Hamlets has one of the most culturally rich populations in the country and I am delighted to see Writeidea return for a tenth year with a great programme of thought provoking, inspiring and inclusive activities.”
The festival continues with something for everyone. There’s a strong musical theme with talks from the Squeeze’s Chris Difford and punk pioneer Viv Albertine who will be talking about her acclaimed memoir, ‘To throw away unopened’.
We are also proud to host Spitalfields’ born and bred Suresh Singh who was the UK’s first Punjabi punk, playing drums for Spizzenergi and touring with Siouxsie and the Banshees.
As ever at Writeidea, there’s a good local component with a range of talks on East End history and an exhibition of artwork by ceramicist Basil Olton inspired by Chris Braithwaite, Stepney resident, trade unionist and founder of the Colonial Seamen’s Association.
This year, we also welcome back the ever popular Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life fame. The festival promises fantastic poetry, and there’s storytelling for adults with audience participation.
Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit added: “Writeidea has become a renowned culture feast with something for everyone. We hope audiences from far and wide enjoy our unique offer of music, poetry, comedy and much more.”
There will be books available to buy and opportunities to get them signed by your favourite authors – so you can get your Christmas presents early.