The Broadway Bookshop
6 Broadway Market
Hackney
London E8 4QJ

Phone: 020 7241 1626

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Sunday: 11am-5pm

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Current Exhibition

GHOST SHIP: An art project inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft's 'Letters from Norway' by Louisa Albani

Exhibition from Wednesday 10 October 2018

We are pleased to announce the opening of GHOST SHIP: An art project inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft's Letters from Norway by artist Louisa Albani.

Inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft – foremother of feminism, teacher & educational pioneer, writer, early human rights advocate, first female war correspondent – GHOST SHIP is a visual re-imagining of her Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway & Denmark that seeks to respond in fresh ways to Wollstonecraft's poetic account of her travels through the Scandinavian landscape.

The exhibition is accompanied by Louisa Albani's pamphlet of the same name (published by Night Bird Press). Louisa has also produced a limited edition (of 200) pamphlet Mary Shelley's Lost Story: A literary art project inspired by Maurice, or The Fisher's Cot - a story Shelley wrote for the daughter of Lady Margaret Mountcashell, who as a teenage girl had been tutored by her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft. Copies of both pamphlets are available to buy now at the shop.

GHOST SHIP is open to the public during shop opening hours (Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5pm) and continues until Friday 30 November 2018.

All original artwork exhibited is for sale. For enquiries please email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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

IN THE CITY OF LOVE'S SLEEP: Lavinia Greenlaw in conversation with Lara Pawson

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 at 7.00pm

We are delighted to announce that Lavinia Greenlaw will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 21 November to read from and talk about her new novel In the City of Love's Sleep, published by Faber & Faber. She will be joined in conversation by Lara Pawson, author of This Is the Place to Be.

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

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About the book:

Iris, a museum conservator in her late forties, is separating from her husband while bringing up two daughters in a house that's falling down. Raif is a stalled academic, as uncertain of the past as he is the future, whose girlfriend is about to move in. They meet by chance, nothing important is said, yet Iris turns away and starts to run. She is running from what this encounter has woken in her.

In the City of Love's Sleep is a contemporary fable about what it means to fall in love in middle age. It charts the steps two people take towards one another and what it means to have taken those steps before.

About the author:

Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London where she has lived for most of her life. She studied seventeenth-century art at the Courtauld Institute, and was awarded a NESTA fellowship to pursue her interest in vision, travel and perception.

Her poetry includes Minsk, which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes. She has also published novels and works of non-fiction which include The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland. She has won a number of prizes and held residencies at the Science Museum and the Royal Society of Medicine.

Her work for BBC radio includes programmes about the Arctic, the Baltic, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Bishop.

Lavinia Greenlaw has a website.

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Lara Pawson is the author of In the Name of the People (longlisted for The Orwell Book Prize 2015) and This Is the Place to Be - a fragmentary and experimental memoir that started life as a sound installation for the 2014 London International Festival of Theatre programme 'After a War', directed by Tim Etchells and performed by Cathy Naden. This Is the Place to Be was named a New Statesman Book of the Year 2016 and a BOMB Magazine Book of 2016. It has been shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2017, the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 & the Gordon Burn Prize 2017.

Praise for This Is the Place to Be:

‘What makes a life? Lara Pawson’s lucid, sudden and subtle memoir unpicks the spirals of memory, politics, violence, to trace the boundaries and crossing points of gender and race identity.’
– Joanna Walsh

'Lara Pawson’s This Is the Place to Be is a stark, compassionate and troubling text that summons a fragmentary autobiography, circling experiences from her growing up in England and her time as a reporter covering civil wars in Angola and Ivory Coast. She deals with big questions through an intimate mosaic of lived experiences – the blank, funny, awful, gentle shards that remain in memory years after events have taken place – returning her again and again to the themes of identity, violence, race, class, sexuality and the everyday lives of people across several continents.'
– Tim Etchells

This Is the Place to Be is published by CB editions.

Lara Pawson lives in north-east London. She is currently at work on a third book. For more information please visit her website.

KINGS OF THE YUKON: An Alaskan River Journey: Adam Weymouth in conversation with Joanna Pocock

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 at 7.00pm

We are delighted to announce that Adam Weymouth will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 28 November to read from and talk about his book Kings of the Yukon (published earlier this year by Particular Books): an account of his four-month journey by canoe down the Yukon, tracing the entangled relationships that exist between the river’s King salmon and the communities that live along it. He will be joined in conversation by Joanna Pocock, the winner of the 2018 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize for Surrender, a narrative non-fiction work on the changing landscape of the West and the scavenger, rewilder and Ecosexual communities.

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

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About the book:

A captivating, lyrical account of an epic voyage by canoe down the Yukon River.

The Yukon river is over 2,000 miles long, flowing northwest from Canada through the Yukon Territory and Alaska to the Bering Sea. Every summer, hundreds of thousands of King salmon migrate the distance of this river to their spawning grounds, where they breed and die, in what is the longest salmon run in the world. For the communities that live along the Yukon, the fish have long been the lifeblood of the economy and local culture. But with the effects of climate change and a globalised economy, the health and numbers of the King salmon are in question, as is the fate of the communities that depend on them.

Travelling in a canoe along the Yukon as the salmon migrate, a four-month journey through untrammeled wilderness, Adam Weymouth traces the profound interconnectedness of the people and the fish through searing portraits of the individuals he encounters. He offers a powerful, nuanced glimpse into the erosion of indigenous culture, and into our ever-complicated relationship with the natural world. Weaving in the history of the salmon run and their mysterious life cycle, Kings of the Yukon is extraordinary adventure and nature writing at its most compelling.

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Praise for Kings of the Yukon:

'This is the best kind of travel writing. Weymouth embarks on an ambitious journey - 2,000 miles down the Yukon in a canoe - voyaging, listening and learning. An outstanding book' - Rob Penn, author of The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees

'An enthralling account of a literary and scientific quest. Adam Weymouth vividly conveys the raw grandeur and deep silences of the Yukon landscape, and endows his subject, the river's King Salmon, with a melancholy nobility' - Luke Jennings, author of Blood Knots and Atlantic

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About the author:

Adam Weymouth's work has been published by a wide variety of outlets including the Guardian, the Atlantic and the New Internationalist. His interest in the relationship between humans and the world around them has led him to write on issues of climate change and environmentalism, and most recently, to the Yukon river and the stories of the communities living on its banks. He lives on a 100-year-old Dutch barge on the River Lea in London. This is his first book.

Adam Weymouth has a website and is on Twitter: @adamweymouth

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Joanna Pocock is an Irish-Canadian writer living in London. She is the winner of the 2018 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize for Surrender, a narrative non-fiction work on the changing landscape of the West and the scavenger, rewilder and Ecosexual communities, inspired by a two-year stay in Montana. Her essays, reviews, and travel pieces have appeared in Distinctly Montana, Litro, Sunday Independent, Los Angeles Times, the Nation, Orion, Tahoma Literary Review, 3:AM and on the Dark Mountain blog. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Barry Lopez Narrative Nonfiction Prize.

She teaches creative writing at the University of the Arts in London and works as a freelance editor for a variety of publishers.

Joanna Pocock is on Twitter: @joannaofottawa

THE ISLE OF DOGS: Before the Big Money / Mike Seaborne & Ken Worpole

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at 7.00pm

We are pleased to announce that photographer Mike Seaborne will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 7 p.m to talk about his new book The Isle of Dogs: Before the Big Money (published by Hoxton Mini Press), a photographic document of the island between 1982 and 1987 and a portrait of its disappearing social and industrial texture. Mike will be joined in conversation by writer and historian Ken Worpole, author of the book's introductory essay.

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

Signed copies of The Isle of Dogs will be available to buy at the event.

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About The Isle of Dogs:

A rare documentation of London’s docklands at a time just before Canary Wharf’s development transformed the area forever.

Now home to financial heavyweights and epic skyscapers, the Isle of Dogs was once the beating heart of industrial East London. In the early ’80s Mike Seaborne began documenting the area’s social fabric, taking his camera around the streets and inside remaining working factories and businesses. These photographs, taken between 1982 and 1987, show the island on the cusp of huge development. We see first sightings of the Docklands Light Railway construction from Tower Gateway to Island Gardens, workers in (now demolished) factories on their tea breaks, children paddling in the Thames. Seaborne captured the spirit of a close-knit community, one that soon changed forever when the big money moved in.

The Isle of Dogs is the second book in ‘Vintage Britain’, a series dedicated to rediscovering the best photographs taken in Britain in the late 20th century.

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Mike Seaborne has been photographing London since 1979, with a specific interest in its changing urban landscapes. He was Senior Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London until 2011 and now focuses on personal photographic projects. His work has been shown internationally and appears in major collections including at the Tate and Historic England.

To find out more please visit his website.

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Ken Worpole is a writer and social historian, whose work includes many books on architecture, landscape and public policy. His recent books include: New Jerusalem: the Good City and the Good Society; and The New English Landscape (with Jason Orton). Ken is one of the authors of the recently published Radical Essex and has written a contributory essay for Ground Work. He lives in London.

To find out more please visit his website.

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Hoxton Mini Press is a small but award-winning independent publisher making beautiful, collectable photography books about London and beyond.

www.hoxtonminipress.com

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