A couple of months ago to push Oxfam’s Bookfest donation drive we put on a few events in our shop — the video of NTS‘s Re:Versed show live from the shop floor has just gone online. Some lovely work by Soul Rebel Films! We hosted performance poetry from Angry Sam, Sophie Cameron and Charlie Dark. It was a really fun experience to have our regular customers shopping while our poets did their stuff in the clothes corner.
Warning – there’s some distinctly adult language in this show, so don’t watch if you’ve sensitive ears.
So our Oxjam launch week is over! Where to begin with the summary?! First thing to note is that Oxjam continues all over the country all-year round.
The (poorly kept) secret has spilled….we’re hosting the Oxjam Festival launch gigs this week.
Oxjam is Oxfam’s month-long music festival. It runs all through October (though there are tons of things around all-year!) with hundreds of events around the UK, all organised by volunteers who know and love their local music scene, all raising money to save lives around the world. You can find other Oxjam events near you here — we know of Oxjam teams based in Stoke Newington and Brick Lane to name but two.
Last night the shop hosted Fatboy Slim, Kissy Sellout and Man Like Me. It was, to use a cliche, banging! Check out our Twitter feed for some reaction from delighted punters, and keep an eye on it over the next few days for more updates from the gigs and behind-the-scenes photos etc! Check out our summary of last year’s launch gigs for an idea of what’s to come.
Tonight we have Brett Anderson, Patrick Wolf and Mercury-minted nominee Ghostpoet. Tomorrow Charlie Simpson, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Gabrielle Lapin. On Thursday we finish up with the launch of the Damon Albarn/Oxfam project DRC Music, with DJ sets from some of the producers involved in the album. Wicked.
One of our new volunteers, Georgie, has set up a blog called Thrift Fart documenting some of the…stranger items she encounters while sorting our homeware donations. Well worth a follow!
In advance of our final Bookfest event tomorrow night, I popped along (with some of the writers reading for us) to Oxfam Highgate‘s reading series last night, organised by Livia Franchini. It was really sweet and lots of fun – also got to hear the work of several new poets, and meet Rachael Allen before she reads in our shop. I took some dark dark photos (it wasn’t actually this dark in the shop) to commemorate the event.
After our first week of Bookfest events, we’ve turned the shop into a quiz venue and a radio station! Coming up this week are a bookbinding workshop on Monday (sold out, unfortunately) and a literary salon on Thursday (all welcome).
I’ve shoved some photos below of both events – we’ll have audio/video of the radio broadcast very shortly.
While I’m here, a mention for Oxfam’s East Africa Appeal. Serious droughts have severely endangered the lives of people in this region, and we’re trying to get supplies there ASAP. You can donate to this appeal via the weblink above or in the shop — we have a counter-box appeal you can drop any change you have into, or if you’d like to make a larger donation talk to one of our members of staff.