We like books. You like books. Oxfam love books. Come to some of our Bookfest events and geek out together.

July 5: The For Books’ Sake Literary Quiz. 8pm, £1 entry (book teams in advance).

The lovely For Books’ Sake will be kicking off our Bookfest programme with an Oxfam edition of their popular quiz series. Experienced in hosting women-writer-themed events, for one night only they’re coming over to the dark side and running a general literary quiz! If you’ve not been to one of their quizzes before, you can expect a more unusual approach — with ‘activity’ rounds including drawing and writing in addition to the usual ‘knowledge’ rounds. As well as the prestige and bragging rights at stake, there will be a heap of bookish prizes on offer! We’re charging a small fee of £1 entry per participant – all money raised goes to Oxfam – but you’ll also have the chance to shop during the intervals if you don’t get time to come to our shop otherwise. We’ve put a limit of five-members-per-team to keep it fair – if you want to come along to the event, we’d appreciate a quick email to so we can have an idea of numbers. Parallel Facebook event.

July 8: NTS Re:Versed live broadcast. 4.30pm, free entry.

Re:Versed is a monthly spoken word show on NTS – an independent radio station operating from the heart of Hackney. Each month Re:Versed features poets and spoken word performers from young up and comers to veterans of the London scene. In a special live broadcast from our shop, Re:Versed will be bring four amazing poets and one brilliant acoustic musical act to the store to perform live. Each performer will be doing around 10-15 minutes. The whole show will last one and a half hours. The poets performing are: Charlie Dark, Sophie Cameron, Angry Sam, Sabrina Mahfouz. Music will be provided by The Leano. This is an unmissable event that sees some of the best performance poets in the capital come together to read their work for Bookfest. The show is hosted by Kit Caless (from Stalking Elk) and compered by Paul Case (aka Captain of the Rant). Free entry – we’ll be keeping the shop open for background noise and giggles during the performance. Facebook event!

July 11: Festinalente Bookbinding Class. 7.30pm, £2 ticket (reserve in advance).

For this special one-off class, local bookbinding studio Festinalente have tailored a session to show you some entry-level book skills – we’re keeping the numbers small for this so that you get the chance to make your own recycled book to take away with you. This two-person team will talk about some of the work they do with restoring and mending broken books, and also demonstrate how you can make your own memento books out of material ordinarily thrown away for scrap or recycling. I’ve seen some of the projects they’ve come up with — books out of old cigarette boxes! — and know that this evening will be a lot of fun. If you’d like to come along to this event, please email to reserve a ticket. Children are welcome, but obviously must be accompanied by an adult!

July 14: Oxfam Dalston Presents: Various Writers! 7.30pm, entry fee=one book.

The uninspired name masks how excited I am about this event. We’ve convinced Joe Dunthorne (writer of Submarine, Ministry of Stories patron), Jack Underwood (Faber-published, co-editor of Stop Sharpening Your Knives), Emily Berry (2008 Eric Gregory winner), and Rachael Allen (Clinic maestro) to come into our shop and read. Plus a mystery poet! (aka someone has pulled out and we need to line someone else up sharpish) These writers are some of the best young minds around in London just now, and I can personally guarantee 100% entertainment. If you’re not satisfied at the end of the evening, come find me and I’ll explain to you why you were wrong. No reservation necessary, but if you want to click ‘Attending’ on the Facebook event it’d help us with working out numbers etc. There’s no charge for entry, but everyone who comes has to give us one book (Dan Brown/Zadie Smith/Michael Moore embargo!).

We’ll be doing a couple of other bookish things in the shop during the fortnight of July 2-17, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed or pop in to find out more. Impromptu giveaways, book-themed music playlists, that sort of thing.


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