Scenes from the Fringe II

The Kinema returns to near its original spot – upstairs at the Manor House – for a showing of Maxine Peake playing Hamlet

A couple more tastes of the Fringe, from some of the various events which have already been going on this week.

Guerrilla gardener Marian Temple tells the tale of bringing spots of neglected Wanstead into full colour

Tuesday sees a clutch of events, including a social media workshop at the Duke, a masterclass in brewing coffee at Bare Brew, a quiz at the Nightingale, a showing of housing-crisis documentary Dispossession at the Wanstead Tap (sold out).

One interesting event for teens will be a writing workshop at the Oxfam Bookshop on Tuesday evening, led by YA author Chloe Seager, left. We thought it might be useful to know a bit about Chloe – and encourage anyone who has teenagers who are interested in reading or writing to take a look at the event.

Chloe Seager grew up in Wanstead with her Mum and much-loved cat, Katie. She studied English Literature and Drama at the University of East Anglia where she sadly realised she couldn’t act, but did rediscover her love of children’s books. She is now an author for teens and her debut novel Editing Emma came out from HarperCollins in August.  She also works as a YA/Children’s literary agent at Diane Banks Associates. You can find out more about her at She says:
A lot of aspiring writers don’t realise the importance of a literary agent, but publishers no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts and so to get published a writer must have a literary agent. The event will cover not only advice on writing, but will also offer industry perspective e.g. the current book market and tips on cover letters and how to catch a literary agent’s attention. Come along and get advice on every aspect of how to become a published writer.
* Saturday’s Jumble Trail now has 40 stalls signed up. Organiser Jane Clapton writes that the most successful stalls tend to be in streets where there are clusters of stalls. So anyone interested in these roads, where more stalls are needed to make a cluster, are particularly welcome: Langley Drive, Selsdon Road, Draycot Road, Nutter Lane, Addison Road, Rutland Road, Rectory Crescent, Victory Road, Halstead Road, Highstone Road.