Q&A: Vivian Archer, manager of Newham Bookshop

PUBLISHED: 15:16 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:27 16 August 2017

Vivian Archer at Newham Bookshop

Vivian Archer at Newham Bookshop


In the first of a new series, we put local people in the spotlight with our Q&A.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I have lived and worked in Newham for more than 30 years.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

I love that Newham has such a diverse community, from those who have lived here all their lives to those that have just arrived. Working in the bookshop, I meet them all and hear their stories.

What one thing would you change?

I would make sure there is adequate social housing to maintain the social mix of the area.

Use three words to describe the area?

Lively, diverse and progressive.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Michael Rosen [children’s novelist and poet] is inspiring as a writer, performer, commentator and friend.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

Take the market out of the NHS and restore the health secretary’s responsibility for running it.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would focus on the achievements of the people in the borough and unmasking poverty.

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