Observations: Reflections in a glasshouse
Friday 13 February 2009
Most front gardens don't feature a bookshop – but then, most front gardens aren't outside The Wapping Project, a former hydraulic power station turned arts space and restaurant in east London. The bookshop, set in a glasshouse with wood-burning stove, park bench and terracotta pots full of heather and cabbages, sells contemporary art and design books, cookbooks, fashion tomes and magazines. It's run by the writer Lydia Fulton, who is often tapping away at her typewriter as you browse – and, this year, it has started holding regular book-readings.
The selection of authors is diverse (George Szirtes and Iain Sinclair have been on the bill). On 19 February, the Sri Lankan-born, London-based Romesh Gunesekera will be reading from his recent novel The Match. "Writing is the one territory we hadn't explored appropriately in this building," says Jules Wright, director of the Project. "I had the glass house from a previous show and couldn't bear to throw it away. I want to have major writers reading to a small group, so it's an intimate occasion that you won't experience anywhere else." And the best bit? The readings happen in the evening, so afterwards you can look around the exhibition and have dinner too.
Contact Lydia.firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to book a place at readings. The bookshop is open Thursday and Friday nights 5.30pm–10.30pm, Saturday 10.30am–10.30pm and Sunday 10.30am–5.50pm (www.thewappingproject.com)
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