'56 of 365.' - a work in progress performance

Join award winning local writer Alan Gilbey as he presents sneak previews of his next project - creating an appropriate piece about local history for every day of the year! Mixing the personal with the historical - poems with songs - and you get to choose which stories you hear! Joined by Cerys Hogge on keyboards and Toni Davey on voice and pearly buttons, please join us for these sixty minute 'scratch' performances of the first two months of this project.

FRIDAY 16th OCTOBER at 7.00 pm. The Brick Lane Bookshop, 166 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU. Meet at the shop for a short guided stroll to a mystery venue. Booking is essential. Please email info@bricklanebookshop.co.uk or reserve a space in-store. Tickets are free, but there will be a collection and a pay bar.

THURSDAY 22nd at 7.30 pm. The Wanstead Tap, Arch 352 Winchelsea Road Forest Gate London E7 0AQ. A longer evening with guests in a real ale railway arch in Wanstead. What's not to love? Well… this one will cost you a fiver! Please pay on the door or book via www.thewansteadtap.com

FRIDAY 6th NOVEMBER 7pm - 7am!


A unique even to raise funds for the Spitalfields Crypt Trust, which has been helping the homeless and those in recovery in East London for fifty years. Be one of the first, and indeed only, people to spend a night sleeping in the restored crypt of Christchurch Spitalfields - with simple food, a visit from royalty (really) stories from guest speakers - and us!

More details about how to take part at - http://sct.org.uk/support-us/fundraising-events/the-sleep-in-at-the-crypt

THURSDAY 12th NOVEMBER at 6.30 pm.

The Stepney School Strike and Basement Writers.

In 1971, the pupils of a Tower Hamlets school walked out to show support for Chris Searle, a student teacher who had been sacked by the governors for publishing a collection of their poetry. The refused to go to classes, marched to Trafalgar Square and made national headlines.

Tonight Chris returns to the East End. Join BBC Radio Four journalist Alan Dein as he chats to Chris, followed by readings by former members of The Basement Writers, the pioneering community arts group that some of his pupils did next.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library. 277 Bancroft Road. local.history@towerhamlets.gov.uk This event is free.