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London E8 4QJ

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Sunday: 11am-5pm


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Current Exhibition

Foris: Looking at Trees / From a New Series of Photographs by Melissa Moore

Part of a new, larger series of the artist's nocturnal reckonings with London's trees, the 12 pictures exhibited in Foris gently unveil the urban arboreal and - through the act of looking, again and again - make us intimates to the strange, living presences of trees on our streets. At the same time, the photographs seem to acknowledge that the complexity of their subject presents a challenge to our understanding: each tree may ultimately remain unknowable and out of reach.

A limited edition series of prints is available exclusively at The Broadway Bookshop. For further details, please email:


Artist's Statement

The Latin root word for forest is foris - meaning: outdoors, door, and entrance.

There have been several press articles that note that London has been classified as a forest. The word forest was originally used to define legal property, rather than ecological category, and the definition of what a forest is can still be called into question - however, there are apparently 8.4 million trees in this city.

The photographs in Foris have been made over a few years and across many London boroughs, frequently during late night walks. Darkness has held a particular draw, when the city's own dimensions can fade from view, and the magnetism of the tree comes into prominence more fully.

When not illuminated by streetlights, trees can be hard to discern, and the camera's long exposure is relied on to light what the eye is struggling to see. While set up with tripod and camera squarely before striking trees, it was not unusual for other users of the night to ask what was being photographed. However, even in the daytime, trees can be hard to perceive. They are often completely unnoticed, and even when we do succeed in looking at them their scale, whether large or small, is each time a challenge to condense via a viewfinder.

It seems to be the consensus that trees are healthy to have in the city. Their presence perhaps also fulfils older needs, to do with safety and hiding. But trees also hide themselves. They suggest, but do not fully provide solidity. They have the ability to be both there and not there. The tree's sculptural and quasi-architectural presence is so physical and elaborate, and yet doesn't seem to demand our attention. Mostly we 'flip' by without noticing them.

The archetypal tree of life is a symbol that brings to the mind's eye a very complete image, but trees are used as metaphors in so many different cultural stories, they don't occupy a distinct meaning. Furthermore, new scientific knowledge of their various linked ecosystems of dependencies, possible excretions, or communicative electrical signals, via roots and underground fungal networks, means it is now harder to know where trees palpably begin and end. Neither established/ancient metaphorical associations nor growing scientific dimensions make it feel possible to know what the totality of a tree is.


Melissa Moore is a London-based artist. She studied Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University, Experimental Visual Design at The University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree with Distinction for Research from the Royal College of Art, London. Her previous series Land Ends was exhibited in Europe, Singapore, Japan, US and Canada, and is in the permanent Museum collection of Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy and collected in the monograph Land Ends, published by Skira in 2013. She is a Course Leader at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.

You can read more about her work at Photomonitor; Aesthetica Magazine; and the Independent.


Foris: Looking at Trees will be on exhibition at The Broadway Bookshop from 1 December 2017 to 1 February 2018 and can be visited during shop opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.

We regularly hold events at our bookshop such as readings and book signings.

PIE & MASH DOWN THE ROMAN ROAD: Melanie McGrath in conversation with Travis Elborough

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at 7.00pm

We are delighted to announce that Melanie McGrath (author of Silvertown) will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 25 April to read from and talk about her new book PIE & MASH DOWN THE ROMAN ROAD: 100 Years of Love and Life in one East End market. She will be joined in conversation with Travis Elborough, author of A London Year, A Walk in the Park and The Atlas of Improbable Places.

Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine). For booking please call: 020 7241 1626 or email:


Pie & Mash Down The Roman Road: 100 Years of Love and Life in one East End market
by Melanie McGrath

(from the publisher)

G Kelly's Pie and Mash has been run by the same family in the Roman Road in Bow for nearly a hundred years; an East End institution and the still point of a turning world. Outside its windows the Roman Road has seen an extraordinary revolution - from women's liberation and industrialisation to wars and immigration - and yet at its heart it remains one of the last traditional market roads of London.

Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road is the biography of that shop and of the people - customers, suppliers, employees, owners - who passed through it, and continue to do so. Through vivid tales of ordinary lives the book will tell the extraordinary story of the community living around the oldest trading route in Britain, and the true heart of the East End.

This is the story of the Roman Road, an East End pie and mash shop and the lives and loves of the people who have worked and eaten there.

Pie & Mash Down The Roman Road is published by Two Roads.


Praise for Silvertown: An East End Family Memoir:

'A superb achievement.'
- Nicholas Lezard


Melanie McGrath was born in Essex, and is the author of critically acclaimed, bestselling non-fiction (Silvertown and The Long Exile) and won the John Llewelyn-Rhys/Mail on Sunday award for Best New British and Commonwealth Writer under 35, for her first book Motel Nirvana. She writes for the national press and is a regular broadcaster on radio. She writes fiction as M.J. McGrath, and her first novel in the Edie Kiglatuk series, White Heat was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and was followed by The Boy in the Snow. The Bone Seeker is the third book in the series. Melanie lives and works in London.


Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for nearly two decades now. His books include The Bus We Loved, a history of the Routemaster bus; The Long Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records; Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British beside the seaside and London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing.

The most recent A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution was published by Jonathan Cape in June 2016 and described as ‘a fascinating, informative, revelatory book’ by William Boyd in The Guardian.

The Atlas of Improbable Places, a collaboration with the cartographer Alan Horsfield and specially commissioned by the publisher Aurum, appeared in September 2016.

In September 2017, the anthologies Being a Writer, co-compiled with the novelist Helen Gordon, and Our History of the 20th Century: As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters, were published by Aurum and Michael O’Mara Books, respectively.

LONDON'S STREET TREES: A WALK with author Paul Wood

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 6.30pm

We are excited to announce that Paul Wood, author of London's Street Trees, will be leading a walk through Hackney's 'urban arboretum' on Wednesday 9 May. In Paul's words:

This most exotically forested part of London has a surprise around every corner and Broadway Market is no exception, we'll see an incredibly diverse range of trees within a couple of hundred metres including a rare Asian Jujube, a Peanut butter tree, an Australian bottlebrush tree and some of the oldest London Plane trees in town...

The walk leaves the shop at 6.30 p.m. and returns at 8 p.m. Participants will then have the opportunity to purchase a copy of London's Street Trees. Tickets are £3 (redeemable against the cost of the book). Spaces are limited. For booking call 020 7241 1626 or email

For further details about the book please see below.

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London's Street Trees: A Field Gude to the Urban Forest
by Paul Wood (published by Safe Haven Books)

Everyone knows that the trees on London’s streets are London Planes - aren’t they?

In fact the magnificently green streets of London are in no way a monoculture – these days over 300 different species of tree grace its streets, from flowering fruit trees in Islington and cherries in Herne Hill, to giant redwoods in Edgware and London’s first olive tree in Hackney.

Every London borough is different. There are indeed plane trees that go back to the building of the Embankment in the nineteenth century – but also new species around the capital that wonderfully reflect its modern multicultural vibrancy. Do you know why there are Australian silver wattle and bottlebrush trees in the streets of Pimlico, or giant redwoods in Edgware? But until now there has been no book on this remarkable phenomenon.

This unique, endlessly fascinating guide will make everyone in London look at their own street in a new way.

Only a decade or two ago Hackney had relatively few street trees. Now it's so well planted it's hard to see where any more could be crammed in. A quiet transformation has taken place, and the streets of theis East End borough bare now akin to an arboretum.

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Praise for London's Street Trees:

For someone like me who is not a natural naturalist, the book reveals a previously unconsidered world situated just outside the front door, or at most only a bus ride away.
- Ian Jack, Guardian

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Paul Wood photographs and writes about trees at his popular and unique blog The Street Tree. He leads regular walks around London's urban forest with the Museum of Walking. He is a former Trustee of the London Wildlife Trust, and lives in well-forested Islington. A large Caucasian Wingnut grows at the end of his street. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @TheStreetTree.

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MURMUR: A Reading with author Will Eaves

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 7.00pm

Details to follow...

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