This month, with cupid in town, we'll be exploring the HEART as vital organ, metaphor and emotional HQ.

We welcome Dr Fay Bound Alberti - writer, historian and co-founder of the awesome-sounding Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London, just down the road in Mile End...

Fay will be sharing her research in her talk "Furnace, Pump or Emotional Centre: Heartfelt Stories of the Body"

Here's a teaser of what to expect: The heart has four chambers, but many stories. It has been a romantic vision, fired by the rhythms of truth and emotion. It has been an anatomical organ, more pump than furnace. And it has been a repository for memories, personalities and dreams. Through case histories and metaphors, Fay Bound Alberti brings these versions of the heart together and asks: where do heartfelt feelings come from? And what is their place in the 21 st century?

Fay has written widely on the history of gender, emotion, medicine and the body and recent works include: Matters of the Heart: History, Medicine and Emotion (Oxford University Press, 2010) and This Mortal Coil: The Human Body in History and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016). She is currently writing books about loneliness and face transplants. For more information see

PLUS live band mega-singalongs, shared wisdom, our very first This Much WE Know, possibly roses, probably chocolates, and definitely a whole lotta love!

We're moving to our lovely new venue for this one, just up the road: community arts centre Poplar Union - 'the creative heart and soul of Poplar'... they've got an incredible line up of activities and events going on, and we're delighted to be working with them, though sad to leave the equally lovely Spotlight. Why did we move? Whereas Spotlight is youth focussed, Poplar Union is designed for all ages, so a bit more fitting for our inclusive multi generational vibe. See you there!

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Sunday Assembly East End is an inclusive, secular congregation that celebrates life, in all its tragic glory, via fascinating talks, classic pop singalongs, poetry, and instant coffee (amongst other things). Come together!

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March 11, 2018 at 11am–12:30pm at Poplar Union

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