Angela Maynard is the founder of Botany independent plant and lifestyle store in Hackney

Angela Maynard
Angela Maynard, in her shop Botany in east London CREDIT: CLARA MOLDEN

Botany was founded in 2014 by Angela Maynard, after a 12-year career in Product Development for various British brands. Botany is an independent plant & lifestyle store situated on Chatsworth Road in the heart of Hackney’s creative community. Her shop’s ethos: We believe that good, useful, ethical design and considered surroundings make for a beautiful and balanced life.

Angela Maynard
image by Kate Berry for Botany Shop

Angela Maynard grew up in a flat in central London.

We rarely went on trips to the countryside. I spent a lot of time in Regent’s Park after school. I was also surrounded by plants because of my grandmother. She was Greek Cypriot and she lived in a tiny, tiny flat. She used to have plants outside and inside, she’d take care of the little garden in our square. It was very important to her.”

Botany, 5 Chatsworth Road, London E5 0LH (botanyshop.co.uk)

Margaret V. Aberdeen has written The Book Every Mother Needs!

Priceless Roles of a Mother

Priceless Roles of a Mother

 

This influential memoir and handbook includes ‘My Journey as a Mother’ which tells the tale of how I conquered an abusive relationship, the tragic loss of my second son, homelessness, and cancer. But it’s not just about me, this book is spoken by mothers from all walks of life. It reveals how complex being a mother is, and how we intuitively take on many unpaid roles in today’s chaotic world.

For each copy sold £1 will be donated to Women’s Federation of World Peace (WFWP)

“Let me know your thoughts by posting a review on Amazon. Your support really does make a difference and I read all the reviews personally so I can get your feedback and make this book even better”.


 

Jewell Parker Rhodes talks at the Oxford Literary Festival

Jewell Parker Rhodes talks to Catherine Johnson

Towers Falling: 15 Years After 9/11

Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes

Award-winning American author Jewell Parker Rhodes talks about her new novel that helps children who were not alive at the time to understand the horrific impact of the events of 9/11.

Rhodes’s newest book Towers Falling follows 15-year-old Brooklyn resident Dèja as she discovers the story of 9/11 and grows to understand the monumental impact it bears on her life. The New York Times calls Towers Falling “Powerful, clear-eyed . . . Rhodes doesn’t assume her readers know the magnitude of 9/11; she walks them tenderly through it”. Rhodes will read from the book and discuss its delicate subject matter.

Rhodes’s books for children and adults have won awards such as the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Jane Addam’s Children’s Book Award, and the American Book Award. She is Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Here she talks to fellow children’s writer Catherine Johnson, author of Curious Tale of The Lady Caraboo and Blade and Bone.

Catherine Johnson
Catherine Johnson

Sunday 26 March 2017  10:00am

Duration 1 Hour

Venue Corpus Christi: Rainolds Room

Ticket price £7

Age 8-12

Programme of American literature and culture


 

Patrice Lawrence talks at Oxford Literary Festival

Patrice Lawrence, Clare Furniss and Juno Dawson talk to Anna James

Young Adult Special Event: Welcome to the Real World

Patrice Lawrence

Some of the best, most exciting and most challenging young adult novels of today are set in the real world. Hear three top authors Patrice Lawrence, Clare Furniss and Juno Dawson discuss with writer and journalist Anna James their new books and how they reflect the world we live in.

Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. Her first novel, Orangeboy, has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Award, nominated for the Carnegie Award and shortlisted for the Leeds and North East Book Awards.

Dawson is the multi-award-winning author of dark teen thrillers Hollow Pike, Cruel Summer, Say Her Name and Under My Skin, written under the name James Dawson. In 2015, she released her first contemporary romance, All Of The Above. Her first non-fiction book, Being A Boy, tackled puberty, sex and relationships in a frank and funny fashion, and a follow-up for young LGBT people, This Book Is Gay, came out in 2014.

Furniss worked for several years in political media relations. She recently completed an MA in writing for young people at Bath Spa University. Her funny, sharply observed novels How Not to Disappear and The Year of the Rat have won many fans.

Saturday 25 March 2017 6:00pm

Duration 1 Hour

Venue Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room

Ticket price £8

Age 13-adult


 

Gemma Cairney talks at Oxford Literary Festival

Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be

Gemma Cairney

Kick off your weekend in style with television and radio personality, journalist, and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney as she opens up to writer, illustrator, and performer Laura Dockrill about how magic and messed up life can be. Join these two fabulous women for a lively, honest and open discussion about all the big, bad and beautiful things that growing up is all about: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between.

Cairney is an important advocate for young people. Her life experiences and her personal insight from her time as Radio 1’s resident agony aunt on The Surgery mean she is perfectly placed to offer hope and a huge comforting cuddle to young people (and the people that love them) and to help deal with questions about life or dealing with hard times. She is a multi-award-winning broadcaster, writer, producer and general polymath, known for her irreverent approach, insatiable appetite for telling stories and her sparkling imagination. She is artist in residence at The Southbank Centre and is on the committee for Women Of The World Festival.

Dockrill is a writer/illustrator and author of the Darcy Burdock books and Mistakes in the Background, Ugly Shy Girl, and Echoes. She was named one of the top ten literary talents by The Times and one of the top 20 faces to watch by Elle magazine. Dockrill is a graduate of the BRIT School of performing Arts and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Camp Bestival, Latitude, and Bookslam festivals.

Friday 31 March 2017  6:00pm
Duration 1 hour

Venue Worcester College: Lecture Theatre

Ticket price £8

Age teen-adult


 

I’m in love with Leah Salmon!

Leah Salmon – The Naturally You Coach

Leah Salmon
Leah Salmon

What is not to love? Read this to see what I mean:

“I’m a nurturing & supportive nutritionist, life coach, speaker & best selling author, focusing on the needs of black women. I’m the founder of Teaching Our Own – The Black Homeschooling Fair & Amun University – An online training school with exclusively black expert teachers.

I’m the editor of The Naturally You Magazine & founder of The Naturally You Day.

I run healthy eating, raw food, personal development and natural health & wellness talks & workshops for private and public organisations, including Luton Council, The Lake Foundation, Black History Studies, Natural November, The House Of Saint Barnabas & Alternatives in London.

I’ve spoken at over 30 community events over the past 5 years, helping people of all ages to realise just how powerful a healthy diet and lifestyle is, when it comes to create a balanced productive disease free life”.

Visit Leah’s site today.