Hackney with a Twist: an amazing books/food/wine event happening this month!

From October 23rd to 30th, Borough Wines restaurant L’Entrepôt, in Hackney Downs, beckons you to enjoy the end of autumn with its fading light and fallen leaves by hunkering down with fine food and wine inside its new arts space. Hackney With A Twist is a carefully devised programme that celebrates the pleasures of great books, film, wine and food, and cultural offerings from artists who live and work in Hackney.

L’Entrepot is a well-loved restaurant offering a menu of carefully selected wine and seasonal fine food. It has recently opened a beautiful events space, The Storeroom, which plays host to Hackney With A Twist.

Writer and broadcaster Michael Smith is artist-in-residence at L’Entrepôt for October, and has invited independent Hackney bookshop Guerrilla Bookshop and arts company Third Nature to co-curate an events programme for this ever-popular wine-and-food destination.

Hackney With A Twist is a celebration of Hackney creativity, involving authors, artists, writers, filmmakers, publishers and independent creative businesses who all play a part in Hackney’s vibrant community. We have a wonderful, rich programme of events encompassing everything from film screenings to children’s events.

Our programme highlights include a sumptuous ‘Literary Feast’ with readings from Michael Smith, DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall (Faber) and Hackney author Gareth E Rees (Influx Press) – all of whom share their love of food and Hackney with texts specially written for the evening.

There will also be a unique series of film screenings on offer from Hackney-based directors Shelly Love, Robert Rubbish (Le Gun) and Michael Smith, while guest will also have the rare chance to view screen genius William Raban’s seminal film Thames, narrated by John Hurt.

“The Art Of Sharing” kicks off the programme on the 23rd of October. This dining event re-discovers recipes from vintage cookbooks and brings to life passages of great literature, from Hemingway to Chaucer, that celebrate the pleasures of food and drink. L’Entrepôt head chef Patrick Hanna will provide a selection of literature-inspired sharing plates, which will be paired with carefully selected wines from the Borough Wines range.

On the 25th October you can try your hand at making art out of books in a Book Sculpture Workshop hosted by Guerrilla Bookshop’s Tulip Tuitt – an expert at bringing new life to old books. Tulip will be resident in L’Entrepôt for the duration of the programme with a pop-up bookshop of vintage books and rare gems for sale for you to take home and treasure for ever.

On the 26 October “Campfire Club” encourages parents to bring their little ones down to The Storeroom for fun. Younger members of the family can enjoy a workshop from Hackney’s much-loved Tower Block Books. Tower Block Books will be launching the second edition of their celebrated ‘architectural alphabet’ picture book of the East End, “The Big Letter Hunt”, with an accompanying workshop and exhibition. Books and prints will be available for sale at a discounted price during this 2nd edition book launch.

On 28th October, we present a unique screening of films from Hackney-based directors Shelly Love, Robert Rubbish (Le Gun) and Michael Smith. There’s also a unique opportunity to view screen genius William Raban’s seminal film Thames, narrated by John Hurt.

Our programme culminates with an exclusive sumptuous ‘Literary Feast’ on the 30th October, preceding Halloween, with Michael Smith, Andrew Weatherall and author Gareth E Rees reading from food-inspired texts written specially for the evening.

Local publishers Influx and Hoxton Mini Press will also have books available for sale for the duration of the event from a range of their writers/photographers.

We also have a specially created mural adorning our walls devised by illustrator and artist Sam Bridge.

Something for everyone in autumn – Hackney With A Twist at L’Entrepôt, Borough Wines.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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