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Black History Month

This year Black History Month has something for everyone with plays and stories, super heroes and comedians throughout the borough, with Waltham Forest Council’s libraries service leading the way.


The month of events will kick off with a Storytelling workshop ideal for children of all ages on 4 October in Walthamstow Library. With tales from all over Africa and the Caribbean including Anansi and Krik Krak stories, each story concludes with a moral.


On 8 October at Hale End Library Sue Gibbons will be giving a talk on ‘Presenting Your Family History’, while on 10 October the Black History Comedy Night will see some of the biggest names on the scene entertain the crowds at Walthamstow Assembly Hall.


Hosted by Eddie Nestor and Robbie Gee, the comedy will come from the likes of Slim, Curtis Walker, Quincy, Mr Cee, Dane Baptiste and Njambi McGrath and will be supplemented with musical entertainment from Omar, Don E, Jessica Wilde, and a selection of local singers.


One of the highlights of Black History Month this year promises to be a stage play at Leytonstone Library on 11 October called ‘Losing Sight of Home’ by Paula David. The story is based on real accounts of British Caribbeans from the 1960s interviewed over a period of several months.


Admission is free, with performances at 2.45pm and 6.30pm and the play promising to expose how first and second generation British Caribbeans were promised a land of opportunity, but were met with racism, poverty and crisis of identity.


The project also saw Year Eight pupils from Walthamstow School for Girls and Buxton School interview elders in the community and guided them through the process of putting together a devised theatre piece to perform in front of their schools.


On 16 October Rita Ese Edah reads passages from her new book, ‘Beauty’s Story’, at Hale End Library, and on 16 October at Walthamstow Library the theme of the evening is ‘Perspectives – African Diaspora in Conversation’.


And if you’ve ever wondered about Black Super Heroes, then get down to Leytonstone Library on 18 October where Tony Walker will be hosting an animation festival fit for 6 to 60 year olds.


For all the latest information about events and activities taking place in the borough during Black History Month go to the Council’s website at www.walthamforest.gov.uk/bhm2014 Free internet access is available at all libraries in the borough.


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