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André Spicer

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André Spicer arguing that the ever present pressure to maximize our wellness has started to work against us, making us feel worse and provoking us to withdraw into ourselves. A world where feeling good has become indistinguishable from being good.

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André Spicer

Cathi Unsworth and Paul Willetts

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Celebrated writers Cathi Unsworth and Paul Willetts discussed crime, espionage and their new novels.

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Peter Doggett

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Peter Doggett talked about his book ‘Electric Shock’ telling the story of popular music, from the birth of recording in the 1890s to the digital age.

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Urban Playground

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Writeidea 2015 kicked off with Urban Playground, Morpeth School’s large woodwind and brass ensemble. This year they composed a special theme for the Writeidea Festival.

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Sukhwant Dhaliwal

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Sukhwant Dhaliwal travelled through the history of Women Against Fundamentalism.

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Sarah Glynn

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Sarah Glynn discussed British Bengalis and East End Radicalism. She was  introduced by Ansar Ahmed Ullah of the Swadhinata Trust and co-author of ‘Bengalis in London’s East End’.

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Rob Cowen

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Rob Cowen discussed his book ‘Common Ground’, a much-acclaimed story about the lives and layers unearthed in an ‘edge-land’, a blurry borderline of noman’s land on the limits of a northern town.

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Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone

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Rebekah discussed her first novel ‘Home’, a dark, suspenseful yet moving story that poses important questions about how we deal with the old and what it means to be forgotten.

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Paul Rees

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Paul Rees told the story of the 1978/79 football season when West Bromwich Albion, an unglamorous and little publicised club from the West Midlands, became the first British
football team to field three black players: Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson.

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Ziauddin Sardar

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Internationally renowned writer and cultural critic, Ziauddin Sardar, combined travel, history and memoir to explore the significance of the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Rosie Wilby

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Award winning comedian and Radio 4 regular Rosie Wilby used live interactive storytelling, video interviews and music, to trace a journey through early 1990s feminism, refracted through a very personal lens.

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Marcus O’Dair

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Marcus O’Dair talked about his book book ‘Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt’.

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Richard King

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Richard King discussed his second book ‘Original Rockers’.

Richard King

Limehouse Books

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Bobby Nayyar of Limehouse Books put on two events; one with Sophia Blackwell discussing politics and poetry and the other with Sophie McCook talking about writing comedy novels.

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Bobby Nayyar

Sophia Blackwell

Sophia Blackwell

Sophia Blackwell and Bobby Nayyar

Sophia Blackwell and Bobby Nayyar

Sophia Blackwell and Bobby Nayyar

Kate Thompson

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‘Secrets of the Singer Girls’ author Kate Thompson brought  one of the real life Singer Girls, 89-year-old Sally Flood, and talked about the research for the book and the wartime
rag trade in the East End.

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Kamila Shamsie

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Kamila Shamsie talked about some of the lesser known stories of the First World War – the soldiers of the British Indian army, and the archaeologists who were drawn into the war effort.

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Jonathan Kemp

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Jonathan Kemp talked about and read from his new novel, ‘Ghosting’ in which he draws on a brilliant literary tradition of madness, incarceration and escape.

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Dawn Kurtagich

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Dawn Kurtagich talked about her debut YA novel, ‘The Dead House’.

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SLAMbassadors

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A performance poetry event introduced by Joelle Taylor and featured Oliie O’Neill and Hussain Manawer.

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Joelle Taylor

Hussain Manawer

Hussain Manawer

Oliie O'Neill

Oliie O’Neill

David Rosenberg

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David told some of the stories of trail-blazing chartists and suffragettes, pacifists and anti-fascists that he collected for his book ‘Rebel Footprints: a guide to uncovering London’s radical history’.

An audio recording of this event is to follow.

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