Today at the Wanstead Fringe, Day 6

We’re nearing the climax of the Wanstead Fringe, and Thursday offers a couple of gems on the way.

UntitledCrime writers Barbara Nadel and Anya Lipska (left, an active Wanstead tweeter) will be speaking in the Larder tonight about why East London offers such fruitful ground for crime writers. Anya touched on some of these themes in her article for Wansteadium last week. As well as talking about their writing, they will be reading from their books. If you’re into crime novels you’re not going to want to miss this. From 7pm.

menuAnd nearby at the Lane restaurant on Nightingale Lane, there is a banquet of contemporary, hand-crafted curry accompanied by locally brewed beer supplied by the Wanstead Tap. Click here to see the menu in detail, and please note booking is essential and you can only do this by phoning the Lane directly (020 8989 1500).

The Made In Wanstead event, at which six Wanstead folk talked about things (or changes) they had made was a remarkably thoughtful evening, full of fascinating and moving tales. Chairs made from guitars, whales made from clay, secret meadows made from bits of scrubland, and new life made for old buildings through stunning architecture – they were some of the physical things people spoke about. But Wanstead resident Peter Sandy spoke about something more abstract – changing the social and emotional wellbeing of teenagers through the boxing club he’s involved in – Box4Life in Leytonstone. The evening had aimed to be about making things and making a difference, and it certainly delivered on that. Thanks to Robert Webb for organising and Andrew and the staff at Oxfam for hosting so generously.

Just so you don’t forget, these events are still to come.

Friday: Open Air Cinema – Despicable Me – at the Cricket Club. The forecast is improving – get your tickets here!
Friday: Music at the Larder II: Ali MacQueen, Georgia and the Dales, and Mick Terry
Saturday: Children’s storytelling workshop at 1030 with world-travelled storyteller Tony Cranston
Saturday: Kids’ cycle challenge (scooters too!) on Christchurch Green
Saturday: The Wanstead Village Show – have you baked your Cherry Pie?
Saturday: Another chance to do a Wanstead Photo Walk
Saturday: Another chance to do yoga among the trees
Wanstead Fringe Comedy Special! Do not miss this event – it’s going to crown this wonderful week of events. Get more info and tickets here.