Huge Response to Newham Bookshop Appeal for Grenfell Tower Victims

By June 15, 2017Bookshops, News

Yesterday saw one of the worst residential catastrophes in living history in London, as a tower block housing 600 residents was devastated by fire as they slept, leaving scores dead and many homeless. Seventeen people are confirmed dead but there could be more than a hundred people still missing and hundreds left homeless.

It’s an unbelievable tragedy and this morning, a London bookshop put out an appeal to raise funds for the victims. Newham bookshop’s owner Vivian Archer tweeted from the bookshop’s Twitter account early this morning appealing for items for a charity raffle for the victims and the response has been phenomenal.

 

We immediately retweeted the request from the For Reading Addicts Twitter page, and it’s grown and grown since then with many donations throughout the day including a SIGNED copy of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run.

The tickets will go on sale tonight at the bookshop in Newham where visitors will be charged £5 each for a strip of raffle tickets at the event with Mark Thomas who will be there discussing his book The Liar’s Quarter. The instant response has been overwhelming and due to this Newham Books will be selling raffle tickets until next week to raise as much as possible. All the money from the raffle will go to helping victims of the Grenfell Fire disaster.

If you’d like to know more, ask Newham Books on Twitter or head to newhambooks.co.uk

Raymond Briggs Speaks About His Most Popular Books

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Raymond Briggs was born on the 18th of January 1934 in Surrey, England. Briggs created children’s classics such as Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas, and The Snowman, among others. His passion for drawing came from an early age, and Briggs studied at Slade School of Fine Art, eventually becoming an illustrator for children’s story books. During the 1960s Raymond work as a professional illustrator, and began work on his own stories in the 1970s. In 2017 Briggs was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday Honours for services to literature.

Following his Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by the Book Trust, author and illustrator Raymond Briggs spoke to BBC Newsnight. Newsnight’s culture correspondent Stephen Smith met Briggs at his cottage in Sussex for the interview below where he spoke as candidly as possible about his illustrations and the popularity that he gained.

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Trailer For The Second Season Of The Handmaid’s Tale Is Here.

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After the successful first season of the television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, A Handmaid’s Tale, the second series is well and truly in the pipeline.

The latest trailer has been released and it looks darkly atmospheric but producer and writer, Bruce Miller, has remained quiet about what is in store for us. It is clear however, that while the story will deal with elements of the original novel, we will enter uncharted territory this season, with Margaret Atwood involved as a consultant.

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Walter Mosley: In His Own Words

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Walter Mosley, born on the 12th of January in 1952, is an award-winning American writer from California. His versatile works include three mystery series’, ‘afrofuturistic’ science fiction, erotica, and a graphic novel. His most famous works, the Easy Rawlins Mysteries, feature a black private investigator and war veteran who lives in Los Angeles, and are his most popular fiction to date. The author has also written 3 plays, with a 4th on the way called Devil in a Blue Dress. Mosley has won numerous awards including the O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Big Think on YouTube have featured the novelist in a series of videos that capture his musings and wisdom, as a writer and a reader. Check them out below!

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A Wrinkle in Time: Release Date and New Trailer

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A few months ago Disney announced that they’d be adapting the classic sci-fi A Wrinkle in Time and released a small first trailer to give a taste of what was to come. All we knew at that point was that the film was marked for a spring 2018 release but this week, Disney have released a first trailer for the movie, and we have a release date too!

If you are beyond excited, and don’t have the advantage of being able to create A Wrinkle in Time then you’ll have to wait a little while yet, March 9th is the release date for cinemas. Read More

First Look at Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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As someone who has spend her Harry Potterdom wishing she could find out more about young Dumbledore and his relationship with Grindelwald, I couldn’t be more excited about the next installation in the Fantastic Beasts franchise!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t expected for release until 2018, but the first teaser is out today! We can expect a screenplay in book format to follow soon after, as happened with the first film, and while I’m sad at the switch from book to movie, it won’t stop me watching this! Read More



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