n quentin woolf

novelist; broadcaster





Fri 11 July 2014
7.30 pm

Women of Mass Destruction returns to Rich Mix for another electrifying evening of new dance and physical theatre work by female choreographers, this time looking at the destruction of the natural world: ‘Destroying Mother Earth’.

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Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda Book Launch, 8th April

bricklane bookshop, events

The celebrated Dutch writer Peter Buwalda will be at the shop on 8th April to launch the English translation of his acclaimed novel Bonita Avenue, a darkly hilarious tale of a model family’s disintegration.

“Great European art: the Dutchman Peter Buwalda explodes the bourgeois family saga. The narrative pyrotechnics alone are a tour de force.” — Die Zeit

“Peter Buwalda’s impressive family saga is a genuine page-turner, with a forceful, precise style. The author races with unstoppable speed towards the finish, without getting entangled in the numerous gripping narrative strands, without even steering out of the curve.” — Libris-Prize Jury Report, 2011

Read more about the book here.

WHAT: Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda Book Launch
WHEN: 8th April, 7pm
VENUE: Brick Lane Bookshop

The Death of the Poet by N Quentin Woolf Book Launch, 14th April

Long-time friend of the Brick Lane bookshop N Quentin Woolf’s novel The Death of the Poet, a dark, violent and romantic story spanning the 20th Century, will be published this April.

To celebrate, we’re hosting a launch party that promises to be one of the busiest yet, bringing together many of the writers and readers with whom NQW has worked. Get your hands on your copy in good company, hear excerpts from the book and meet some of the writers who regularly share their work at the bookshop’s literary groups.

It all kicks off on Monday 14th April 2014 at 7pm. Signed copies of the book will be available.

Entry free, but please email launch@nquentinwoolf.co.uk to reserve your place.

WHAT: The Death of the Poet by N Quentin Woolf Book Launch
WHEN: 14th April, 7pm
VENUE: Brick Lane Bookshop

The Brick Lane Bookshop

Come and visit our bookstall at these events at the Bishopsgate Institute

East End in Focus: Modern Magic Lantern Shows

Working in collaboration with East End culture blog Spitalfields Life, the Bishopsgate Institute returns to the glory days of Magic Lantern Shows that were such a popular feature of the Institute in its early years.

Three photographers, Mark Jackson, John Claridge and Phil Maxwell, who have documented the East End over the years, individually share their favourite images and stories with our Library and Archives Manager, Stefan Dickers.

Mark Jackson — 13th March 2014
John Claridge — 2nd April 2014
Phil Maxwell — 10th April 2014


£5 (£4 concessions) — Please buy your tickets from the Bishopsgate Institute, at www.bishopsgate.org.uk
020 7392 9200

The Bishopsgate Institute is at 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH. Underground: Liverpool Street. Overground: Shoreditch High Street. Buses: 8, 26, 35, 42, 47, 48, 78, 149, 242, 344 and 388.

The Poetry Society announces the shortlist for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets to our cultural life.

Established in 2009 by Carol Ann Duffy, the £5,000 prize is funded with the annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen. The award is one of the only prizes to acknowledge the wide range of work being produced by poets – not just in books, but beyond. Previous winners have included Kate Tempest, for her spoken word piece Brand New Ancientsin 2012, and Lavinia Greenlaw, for her poetry sound work Audio Obscura in 2011.

Artist Eileen Cooperjoins poets Sean Borodale and Denise Riley on the judging panel this year. Selecting from a wide range of work across all media, the judges have chosen a shortlist of five poets. The final winner will be announced at an awards reception in London on 28 March. Judge Sean Borodale said of the judging process:

“Shortlisting for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry has given us great pleasure, not least because we were able to agree amicably on which works should go forward. The range of approach and level of ambition made our job rewarding, and we looked for unconventional forms in our choices, but also for poetry which breathes and lives close to life. Sadly, as always, we have had to let many fine works slip the net and we would like to thank all the poets we considered for their remarkable poems. It is excellent to work with a prize which offers such broad margins to the definition of poetry and how it finds a shape in the world.”

The following poets have been shortlisted for the Award, for new poetry presented in the UK during 2013. Steve Ely, Chris McCabe, Maggie Sawkins, Hannah Silva and Zoë Skoulding.

For further information – The Poetry Society

Cambridge Literary Festival, Spring 1–6 April

Ali Smith’s selection of her favourite three debut novels of the year is one of the festival’s favourite fixtures – and this year is likely to be no exception, as three writers, all of whose books deal with issues of conflict and masculinity, discuss their first forays into fiction with Ali. Come along and meet N Quentin Woolf, (The Death of the Poet), Robert Allison (The Letter Bearer) and Anna Whitwham (Boxer Handsome).

06 Apr
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Divinity School Lecture Hall
St John’s College
St Johns Street
Cambridge, CB2 1TP

£7 / £8

You can book your tickets here

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The Gift of Reading

Give the gift of reading this Christmas and bring books and reading for enjoyment to a young person’s life. Book-lovers everywhere appreciate the pleasure and opportunities that reading has brought them. Sadly children across the UK do not have books of their own, nor are they likely to receive any for Christmas this year.

Buy the Gift of Reading from the National Literacy Trust this Christmas for yourself or a loved one and they will send you an exclusive Suzy Goose Christmas card by author and illustrator Petr Horáček.

A gift of £7 means a child could choose a book of their own to keep, which for many will be the first they ever own.

A gift of £20 could fund all three books we give to each child who takes part in our reading project.

A gift of £60 means we could give three children three books each to keep.

Donate now at www.literacytrust.org.uk/giftofreading
Registered charity, no. 1116260 (Eng and Wales), SC042944 (Scot).

Dates announced for Spring 2014 Writers’ Mutual: Retreat

Following the success of several retreats in Bordeaux in 2013, dates have been announced for a further Writers’ Retreat in amongst the vineyards in Spring 2014.

For more details, please follow the link – writers’ mutual: retreat, 17th-23rd march 2014

The Brick Lane Book Shop (Autumn/Winter 2013)

19th October, Brenda’s Bottom by Clare Stanhope, 11-12am, at Brick Lane Bookshop
Come and meet Brenda, her bottom, her birds and many of London’s bridges and buildings for a fun interactive reading by children’s author and artist, Clare Stanhope. Children will be asked to hold large visuals to help unmap the curious world of Brenda in London.

28th October, London Album by the Gentle Author, 7-9pm, upstairs at Rich Mix
A live presentation selected from The Gentle Author’s London Album – including many of the Gentle Author’s favourite pictures of London, setting the wonders of our modern metropolis against the pictorial delights of the ancient city, and celebrating the infinite variety of life in the capital.

25th November, Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Tom Jones, 7-9pm, upstairs at Rich Mix
Blogger and author Tom Jones is happiest when discovering new things to do, and believes it’s important to make the most of where you live. In his new book Mad Dogs and Englishmen: A year of things to see and do in England, he gives us a seasonal snapshot of things to do in England at any time of the year, come rain or come shine.

Please get in touch to secure your place at any of the above events.

Email: info@bricklanebookshop.co.uk Phone: 0207 247 0216, follow @bricklanebooks

Brick Lane Bookshop 166 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU

Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA