Search

Crowds queue for Spitalfields Life—even its secret ‘Gentle Author’

12:40 05 March 2012

Crowds pack launch at Spitalfields Church

Crowds pack launch at Spitalfields Church

Spitalfields Life (promo - free)

Church bells peeled as the people of Spitalfields in London’s East End turned out for the launch of a unique book about their everyday lives.

The huge Christ Church in Commercial Street was packed for Friday night’s launch of Spitalfields Life by the secret ‘Gentle Author.’

Hundreds queued round the corner to get in—even the author had to get in line.

The doors eventually opened and a great surge led by cockney Pearly kings and queens filled the church nave and aisles, Spitalfields Life website reported this-morning.

The secret author has so far been collecting nearly 1,000 stories about Spitalfields and aims to make it 10,000 by 2027 with one blog a day on the Spitalfields Life website.

The £20 book published the day before by Hodder & Stoughton has the first 150 stories with 300 pictures and illustrations. It tells the story of its street art, markets, diverse food, immigrant culture, ancient houses, pageants and parades, rituals and customs, traditional trades, old family businesses—but above all it’s about the ordinary men and women who make it happen.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 07:00
Deng Yan San wins election for Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets

This is the moment exited teenager Deng Yan San learned she had won the election for Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Fri, 18:00
PLA's survey launch Havengore passing at Tower Bridge, retracing its original 1965 river cortège route when it carried Churchill's coffin from Tower Pier [Picture: Dominic Lipinski, PA Wire]

The Great and the Good gathered to pay homage today to Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Fri, 12:04
1964: Sir Winston Churchill, smoking his trademark cigar,  leaves his London home for House of Commons for perhaps last time. Picture: PA

A flotilla of small boats is leaving St Katharine’s Dock by the Tower of London on the route of Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral cortège exactly 50 years ago today.

Thu, 12:39
CCTV footage of the siege is used in the film

As Islamist terrorism is back in the headlines, a new film looking at an earlier attack is being screened at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Most read news

People thought the Deputy Prime Minister was pretty funny actually.

Brothers: The David Haines Story, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland at 10.30am on Sunday.

Over £30,000 has been raised in a couple of days for a mugging victim, despite the goal only being set at £500.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder