Victoria’s public

Wanstead journalist and poet Victoria Richards has just published her first collection of short stories. It’s typically edgy and – like many things Victoria writes about – involves Wanstead.

Sylvia Plath watches us sleep, but we don’t mind is the result of a couple of years of early child-rearing, during which I took to ‘haunting’ my own windows at home in the middle of the night, in those ‘witching hour’ moments when it feels like nobody else in the world is awake,” she told Wansteadium.

“I found I had so many tumbling thoughts and ideas, words that wouldn’t wait – half-sketched stories and poems which bled through the ‘notes’ section of my iPhone and then swiftly developed a life of their own on the page.”

By day Victoria runs the Independent’s Voices section. By night she unleashes her creativity – as people who have attended the Spoken Word evenings as part of the Wanstead Fringe will attest. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize, was highly commended in the Bridport Prize and was long listed in the Bath Short Story Award 2017.

The blurb of the book reads:

A Jewish woman has been having ‘unnatural thoughts’ about the softness of another woman’s skin. A feminist arranges to meet her online troll. A woman worries, under her duvet, whether she should sit content in a marriage that has turned comfortable…that is, until she falls in love with a tree…

The tree, in case you’re wondering, is in Wanstead Park.

There are some copies of Victoria’s book on the Wanstead Bookshop bookcase in City Place Coffee, or you can order it here.

Robin’s day

Congratulations to Wanstead cricketer Robin Das who made his first class debut on Friday playing for Essex against Ireland – and top-scored with 132.

Wansteadium last mentioned Robin when he was brought on as a substitute for England during the Test match against New Zealand at Lord’s last summer. Since then he has played in the Bangladesh Premier League and has returned to become a part of the Essex team.

The only downside for Wanstead CC is that Robin will be in more demand for Essex duty and won’t be able to play for his original team. But hey, massive congratulations to him and wishing him many more centuries to come.

RideLondon road closures around Wanstead

Photo by Gary Butterfield on Unsplash

RideLondon is a massive reminder of how different life could be if we weren’t addicted to motor vehicles. It’s a good thing. But it may be a bit trying if you’re attempting to get around on Sunday. Here is a list of some of the road closures which may affect Wanstead folk most.

Hollybush Hill, A11995am6.30pm
Woodford Road, A11995am6.30pm
High Road, A11995am6.30pm
Woodford Green, A1199 5am6.30pm
Woodford New Road, A104 5am6.30pm
Woodford Green, A1045am6.30pm
Manor Road, B173 5am6.30pm
Chigwell Road, A1137.30am6pm
Broadmead Road, A10097.30am6pm
A12 – Northbound4am12pm
A12 – Southbound4am6.30pm
Green Man Roundabout5am6.30pm

More details here.

Train spotting

Specialist interest this, but a framed picture of South Woodford station, formerly known as George Lane, didn’t seem to hang around very long at Peter Hucker’s interesting shop on Nightingale Lane. Even now we like to think it’s hanging somewhere appropriate.