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

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John Green is an enthusiastic You Tuber, and a big reading advocate. His channel is a varied explosion of creativity, books, literature and life and fans of the author should probably subscribe. Read More

Unseen Winnie the Pooh Sketches Released

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It’s an exciting time for the little bear who loves hunny! A brand new film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ is due for release and now BBC Radio 4 has released some unseen sketches of Winnie the Pooh showing how the first book came to fruition.

As the video explains, in the first sketches Pooh was considered to be a grumpy looking figure, which meant the whole thing just didn’t work. In the end, Milne took inspiration from the real Christopher Robin’s teddy bear, creating the first sketches of the bear we can all recognise on sight. Read More



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