We're still feeling the Valentine's love here, and to help us through the last days of winter, we've invited romantic novelist Jean Fullerton along to our meeting on 21st February to talk to us about why she loves writing stories about the East End and the lives of women. I went along to see Jean at Bethnal Green Library and was really impressed by how passionate she was about what she does, and the inspiration she takes from East London. So whatever your preferred reading matter is, I'm sure you'll enjoy hearing about what it's like to share stories. Usual time and place, 7.30 for 8pm, St Margaret's House, Old Ford Road, E2. We'll provide the tea and coffee, but do feel free to bring along cakes, wine or whatever to share. There may even be pancakes. Visitors are welcome of course - we just ask for a donation of £3.
Our coffee morning on 24th February will be at Whitechapel Art Gallery cafe at 10.30am, followed by a visit to Simon Schama's choice from the Government Art Collection. It's a lovely little exhibition - well, I think so - and I can't wait until someone asks me to browse the collection and make a choice (I know, dream on).
If you're still wanting to fit in some late Valentine's fun this weekend, you could pop into Rich Mix to join in their Snapshots Part 8 series of events with Valentines: An East London Love Affair. Take along a wedding photo to scan and add to the exhibition, book a workshop for the kids to make a gift out of clay, listen to a story.
I'm off to a potato fair at the Garden Museum, thinking ahead to the Edible Garden (more news when we meet!). Whatever you choose to do this weekend, have a lovely time.
Looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday.