North Brick Lane Residents’ Association

For the Turn Over the Page … North Brick Lane will be celebrating the literature, poetry and spoken word of the 1940s and post war period. This is the programme for the afternoon.  Programme for Turn Over the Page… 

2pm Author Deborah Moggach is our first presenter and interviewer. She will start by reading her short piece of 1940s literature. 2.15 Deborah Moggach interviews local resident and mid 20th century expert Johnny Vercoutre. Johnny will read his favourite poets – Noel Cowrd and John Betjeman. 2.30 Johnny Vercoutre and friends will take part in a Tea Dance. 2.45 Deborah Moggach will interview East end playwright and author Bernard Kops. Bernard will be talking and reading from his poems and plays, and about the campaign to dedicate a more fitting memorial to the victims of the Bethnal Gren Tube Disaster. 3.05  Deborah Moggach will interview local resident and author, Linda Wilkinson, author of ‘Watercress and No Sandwiches’. The book is a history of Columbia St Market and the Jesus Green estate. 3.25 Deborah Moggach interviews Father William Taylor, author of ‘This Bright Field – A Travel Book in One Place: the story of Spitalfields Market’. Father William will read his favourite piece and take over the interviewing for the rest of the afternoon. 4.45  Father William will interview Martha Leigh, author of ‘Memories of Wapping 1850-1960’. this will be in conversation about the changing areas of Wapping and Spitalfields. At the end of the discussion, Martha will read from her book.  5.05  Father William will interview Danny Goldstein and Dave Yarshon, former residents of Shoreditch. They grew up in the area in the pre- and post-war period and will talk about the comics of the post-war period.  5.25 Father William will be joined by Clive Bettington of the Jewish East End Celebration Society and author Dr Jean Moorcroft to talk about the World War I poet, Isaac Rosenberg. 5.45 Tea Dance and 1940s strike a pose and fashion show.

North Brick Lane Residents’ Association (NBLRA)was set up in 2003 by residents of Brick Lane north of Bethnal Green Road, and the immediate neighbourhood.

NBLRA campaigns to make the neighbourhood better, safer and cleaner, while cherishing its green and recreational spaces. Since 2003, the Shacklewell Street playground has been transformed from a litter-strewn unofficial car park into a newly furbished court for all ages and many different sports (including cycle-polo). The Tomlinson Close playground, once the funeral pyre for stolen scooters and litter, and the hangout for graffiti gangs, is now constantly used for football and basketball by youngsters from 5 to 15. The Shacklewell Street Community Garden, formerly the local One O’Clock Club, glows with spring and summer flowers (and grows a few vegetables). Rhoda Street Green is regularly mown and cleared of litter by Tower Hamlets, and used at least once a year for NBLRA learning events about the culture and history of this part of the East End, such as:

A Cup of Tea and a Good Read      (September 2005)

A Cup of Tea and a Good Film      (October 2007)

Turn Over the Page               (March 2008)

With thanks to Andy Nelson, Housing Manager, Tower Hamlets Housing, and to Louise Vallace, LAP 1 Neighbourhood Manager, Tower Hamlets for the support and advice.)

NBLRAis also working to get Rhoda Street Green and Shacklewell Street Playground listed as part of Tower Hamlets Open Space Strategy.

NBLRA holds smaller social events as well as attending to serious local matters, so if you live locally and want to be invited, or want to grow flowers and vegetables, or just to relax in the sun in our community garden:

Call 0777 573 3236

or visit



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