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Awards a-go-go for Goth Girl creator Chris Riddell has won three Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes, a Red House Children’s Book Award and the UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance. see below Festival at St Clement’s St Clement’s Hospital is 4.63 acre site in the heart of Mile End. It was built as a workhouse in 1848-49. see below Out & About News in brief Blur’s Albarn gig at Queen Mary uni BLUR frontman Damon Albarn will be playing an intimate gig at Queen Mary, University of London to promote his first ever solo album, Everyday Robots. Albarn will be on stage in the Great Hall of the People’s Palace at the university in Mile End Road on May 1 for one of just two London shows. The gig is something of a coup for the university, said George Foden, corporate events manager: “We’re really excited to be involved and delighted they chose the Great Hall for this high profile show.” Tickets, priced at £35, went on sale on Valentine’s Day. If there are any left, you can buy them at www.gigsandtours.com/go/ damonalbarn Prints on show A SELECTION of prints by mature students is on display at the Brady Arts Centre until the end of February. The work, produced by students attending Idea Store Learning printmaking classes at the Shadwell Centre, was selected by tutors to demonstrate the variety of different print techniques which it is possible to learn. The event is open Monday to Friday 9am-7pm, and Saturdays 10.30am-5pm, at the centre’s exhibition space, 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1. Balkan ’n’ blues ALTERNATIVE music venue Jamboree welcomes Balkan four-piece Valkania this Wednesday, February 19. Juggling five languages, the band draw on the music of Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia. They celebrate their native infectious, uneven rhythms then mix it up with jazz and blues – plus ‘Balkanized’ takes on the Rolling Stones to Roxy Music. Doors open at 7pm at 566 Cable Street, E1W. Tickets are £4 – call 7791 5659. www.jamboreevenue.co.uk MULTI-AWARD winning author and illustrator Chris Riddell will be the star attraction at Half Moon Young People’s Theatre’s family fun day next weekend. The author of Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, and Ottoline and the Yellow Cat will read from, and sign copies of, his books from 12.30-1.30pm on Saturday, February 22. Throughout the day there will be drama and puppet-making workshops, face-painting, art gallery trails and performances of the puppet show Nice. A pop-up bookshop selling copies of his books will be run by Victoria Park Books. Chris Elwell, director of Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming one of this country’s most acclaimed and prestigious authors of children’s literature to Half Moon for our first family fun day.” Tickets for Nice are £6. To book call 7709 8900 or visit www.halfmoon.org.uk for details and times of other activities, which are all free. Eerie venue for history festival BY RUSSELL COTMAN THE spec t a c u l a r S t Clement’s Hospital (pictured right) is at the heart of a week-long festival featuring an exhibition, film, walks and talks. The disused hospital began life in 1849 as the Bow Road workhouse, built by the Board of Guardians of the City of London Union to house the destitute and infirm, and eventually became a mental health hospital, closing in 2005. Now derelict, its ownership has been transferred to a Community Foundation and should one day become affordable housing. In the meantime it has become an eerie and spectacular venue for arts events. This mini festival is built around an exhibition looking at the lives of the psychiatric inmates and staff. St Clement’s Workhouse to Our House includes archival photographs, maps, letters and stories from its dramatic history, memories and oral histories from nurses and ex-service users, and a place for people to share their own memories of St Clement’s. It is set in the Board of Guardians and psychiatric outpatients building and is open daily from February 22-28, between 12 noon and 6pm. Entry is free. Visitors can also explore the surrounding Mile End in a programme of literary and nature walks, celebrating WG Sebald’s locally set Alstertlitz, led by Iain Sinclair and Shadwell poet Stephen Watts, as well as walks with the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. These include history walks on Saturday, February 22 and Thursday, February 27 at 1pm where you can learn about some of the Cemetery Park’s ‘permanent’ residents. Meet at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, E3 at the Soanes Centre near the main gates. In the evenings Queen Mary University’s young film makers Mile End Films will host events for people interested in the heritage of St Clement’s, local arts and the film industry. Highlights include Mile End Shorts Film Festival on Tuesday, February 25 from 6.30-9.30pm. Entry is £5. On Friday, February 28 from 8-10pm there will be music/ spoken word cabaret of performers, poets, writers and musicians including Matthew Robins, Hannah Lowe, Cecilia Knapp and Oh Standfast. Entry is £5. Visit www.shufflefestival .com ELEVEN artists have joined together for a thought-provoking exhibition at Espacio Gallery. Running from February 20-25, Figuratively Speaking features work by artists from diverse backgrounds, united by a shared visual understanding of the world as an exciting place to be explored and represented. The artists include three graduates of the Sir John Cass School of Art at London Metropolitan University in Whitechapel – Virginia Waterhouse, Wendy Roberts and Helga Lee. It is open daily, from 1-7pm, at the Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, E2. (Left) Eleanor Buffam’s Clapton Hart Skylight. (Above) Paul Janssens’ Breaking the Surface 17 – 23 FEBRUARY 2014 N E W S F R O M T OWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 21


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