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Events - Libraries and literature

  • Bardic walk: Bermondsey

    On 21 June 2017 at Blue Anchor Library, Market Place, Southwark Park Road, SE16 3UQ

    Join Wes White, Elder Bard of Glastonbury for a poetical journey around Bermondsey.

  • Bardic walk: Rotherhithe

    On 6 June 2017 at Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR

    Join Wes White, Elder Bard of Glastonbury, for a poetical journey around Rotherhithe!

  • Ben Okri

    On 12 June 2017 at Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR

    Ben Okri’s many books include The Famished Road, which won the Booker Prize in 1991. He has published ten novels, three books of short stories, two collections of essays, and three volumes of poems.

  • Biologists in Search of Material: the Peckham Experiment and Public Health in Southwark

    On 5 May 2017 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

    The First Friday Club welcomes archivist Dr Patricia Dark, who will tell us all about the history of 'The Peckham Experiment'.

  • Board games night

    On 18 May 2017 at Nunhead Library, Gordon Road, SE15 3RW

    A night of fun and games for young people aged 13 to 17

  • Bookshop visit

    On 27 July 2017 at Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB

    Every year we visit a bookshop and give young people the opportunity to tell us what books to buy for the library service.

  • Bookstart Sessions

    On 12 September 2016 at Various listed locations

    For children under 5, parents and carers at venues across Southwark. Bookstart sessions operate at term time only.

  • Chill Pill

    On 15 June 2017 at Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR

    Join the Chill Pill collective and a special poetry and music festival-inspired line up for a summertime dose of everyone's favourite spoken word night.

  • Chris McCabe: mapping the lost poets of Nunhead Cemetery

    On 29 June 2017 at The Chapel, Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, SE15 3LP

    Join literary investigator Chris McCabe as he journeys through the poetic history of South-East London.

  • Creative writing for young people

    On 22 June 2017 at Nunhead Library, Gordon Road, SE15 3RW

    Writing can be difficult, so here is an opportunity to learn writing tips from an expert.

  • Dybbuk: Momus as David Bowie

    On 1 June 2017 at Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR

    A dybbuk is a capturer of spirits, a stealer of souls. Momus – a Scottish singer-songwriter who lives in Osaka – had his soul stolen at the age of 12 by David Bowie.

  • First Friday Club: The history of Surrey Docks Farm

    On 2 May 2017 at Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

    Surrey Docks Farm: Rediscovering the dramatic history of the Farm's Thames-side site.

  • Greatest Hits: Laura Barnett and Kathryn Williams

    On 26 June 2017 at Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR

    Author of the bestselling The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett talks about her new novel Greatest Hits, the story of a former 70s rock star.

  • Julia Donaldson day

    On 24 June 2017 at All Southwark libraries throughout the day

    Julia Donaldson’s wonderful picture books feature some of the catchiest rhymes and songs in children’s literature.

  • Museum on the Move: Dance

    On 9 May 2017 at Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR

    Bringing the stories and histories of Southwark’s Cuming Museum to you.

  • Mystery Object Group

    On 23 May 2017 at Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR

    Find inspiration in a mystery object from Southwark's heritage collections and archives.

  • Newington Library poetry group

    On 6 June 2017 at Newington Temporary Library, 2nd Floor Elephant Artworks, Elephant Road, SE17 1LB

    Join our regular poetry group, meeting the first Tuesday of every month.

  • Open Mic Night

    On 23 March 2017 at Nunhead Library, Gordon Road, SE15 3RW

    Say it, Rap it, Share it

  • Poetry open mic night

    On 20 June 2017 at The Trunk, Unit 2, The Artworks Elephant, Elephant Road, SE17 1AY

    A friendly and informal evening of spoken poetry at The Trunk in The Artworks Elephant.

  • Polly Paulusma

    On 21 June 2017 at Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB

    One moment in 2003, Polly was happily putting the finishing touches to her shed-recorded debut Scissors in my Pocket, and the next, she was signed up to Bjork's label One Little Indian.

  • RemArc

    On 17 May 2017 at Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR

    RemArc, or Reminiscence Archive, is a new website designed to help trigger memories in people with dementia using BBC Archive material.

  • RemArc

    On 19 May 2017 at John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

    RemArc, or Reminiscence Archive, is a new website designed to help trigger memories in people with dementia using BBC Archive material.

  • Revolting Rhymes day

    On 3 June 2017 at All Southwark libraries at various times

    In our annual celebration of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, you’ll get a chance to create and illustrate your own hilarious verse.

  • Richard Watkins: It’s hard to be a human

    On 7 June 2017 at Camberwell Library, 48 Camberwell Green, SE5 7AL

    Richard Watkins is a Camberwell based poet whose recent collection It's Hard To Be A Human takes on big ideas of what it means to be human.

  • Simon Armitage

    On 16 June 2017 at Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB

    Simon Armitage is an acclaimed poet, playwright, novelist, lyricist and broadcaster, who also writes extensively for television, Radio and theatre.

  • Six go solo

    On 22 June 2017 at John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

    Six talented singer/songwriters will be performing solo sets at John Harvard Library, with a coffee shop and bar provided by Mousetail Coffee Stories.

  • Thick Richard @ Rye Wax

    On 27 June 2017 at Rye Wax, CLF Art Café Basement, 122 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

    Thick Richard is an edgy street poet from the North-West. He likes a little bad language as well as verse, jet-black humour and wordplay.

  • Youth Reading and Writing Group

    On 8 October 2016 at Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB

    Join for great reading recommendations and improved writing skills.

  • “Virtuosos” film screenings

    On 5 June 2017 at Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane SE22 8NB

    The Dulwich Library Film Club will be screening feature films with the theme of musical “virtuosos” every Monday afternoon in June.

 

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