At Abney Park

You won’t believe what’s happening at Abney Park!
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Sat 28 May, 12-4pm

Spring is upon us and that can only mean one thing… Abney Park’s Spring Open Day!
Come for fun, frolics and tasty food for all the family, including…

  • Opening set from ‘People’s Poet Laureate’ John Hegley
  • Maypole dancing!
  • Leaf letterpress printing workshop with Pixel Press
  • Lalita’s veggie Indian pop-up cafe
  • Fun for kids with In The Sticks and The Woodcraft Folk
  • Delphine’s art workshop for all
  • Green woodworking and stone-carving demonstrations
  • Learn about music hall heroes buried at Abney
    on a walk with the Music Hall Guild
  • A ‘Guess The Weight of the Cake’ competition courtesy of Prep cookshop,
    Stoke Newington Church St. Win a delicious Guinness chocolate cake!

Plus our mini street market of stalls from local groups and businesses – show your support for Stokey!



Sun 5 June

It’s 50 years since the death of Eric Walrond, a black writer of the Harlem Renaissance, who’s buried here at Abney Park. With his biographer, American academic James Davis, and local MP Diane Abbott, we celebrate his life and a renewed interest in his work. There will be graveside readings and talks exploring the Tropic Death author’s legacy, and the circumstances of his tragic death.11am-12pm Walrond’s legacy, £5 Book here
James Davis, talks to Colin Grant (Negro With a Hat, Bageye at The Wheel), Diane Abbott MP and Robin Travis (Prisoner to the Streets) about Walrond’s life: his role in the Harlem Renaissance, his relationship with Marcus Garvey and the factors that led to his until-now relative anonymity.
Abney Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church St 

12.30-1pm Graveside readings, Free
Featuring Hackney MP Diane Abbott
Abney Park, meet at Church St entrance

2-4pm Walrond’s life and work revealed, Free
Talks by:
James Davis, author Eric Walrond A Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean
Dr Mike Niblett, assistant professor in Modern World Literature in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
Bill Schwarz, professor of postcolonial literature, Queen Mary University of London
Abney Park classroom, Stoke Newington High St entrance
0207 275 7557

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