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Arnold Circus turns over the page to minibeasts and 1940s

PUBLISHED: 15:10 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 05 October 2010

TV chef Manju Malhi and TV's Dan Cruickshank get ready for Sunday

TV chef Manju Malhi and TV's Dan Cruickshank get ready for Sunday

THOSE who like exploration both literally and physically can drop by Arnold Circus on Sunday (March 30) as it is turned into a book-fuelled adventure festival. Four groups have joined up with each putting on a differently themed part of the 'Turn the Page' event

By Michael Parker

THOSE who like exploration both literally and physically can drop by Arnold Circus on Sunday (March 30) as it is turned into a book-fuelled adventure festival.

Four groups have joined up with each putting on a differently themed part of Turn Over The Page event, Friends of Arnold Circus, North Brick Lane residents' association, St Hilda's community centre and Rochelle School gallery.

TV Historian Dan Cruickshank and TV explorer Michael Palin are at Arnold Circus at 3pm and 4pm to discuss 'the good, bad and the hilarious' of exploring strange places near and far.

Cruickshank is pictured last week with TV chef Manju Malhi, who is in a not-so-strange place very nearby on Sunday at the former Rochelle primary school, now turned into a gallery, where she demonstrates her food skills at 2pm and 4pm.

Rhoda Street Green has a 1940s theme with hairdressers from Mollie Sugden's in Brick Lane offering sausage curls, buns and set hairdos, from 2pm, while Deborah Moggach and Johnny Vercoutre read works by Noel Coward, John Betjeman and others.

There are also talks by East End writers Linda Wilkinson, Bernard Kops and Martha Leigh and historian Clive Bettington. At 4.30pm, Albert Hutton talk about life in the East End in the war years, followed by a 1940s tea dance on the green.

St Hilda's centre round the corner in Club Row is staging a children's theme of mini-beasts, including poet Coral Rumble teaching the under-fives to read and write poems, hunting minibeasts and reading from her work, My Teacher is as Wild as a Bison.

Events take place throughout the day from 2pm until 6.30pm, including quizzes and competitions, a jumble sale and activities for children, all free.

Keep an eye out for books and writings hidden around the area, including a story written in parts by Shayama Perera, scattered and waiting to be found.

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