14 May 2011

Go to the library for the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival 2011

The Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival launches on Monday 16 May with a full programme of events including some at the Minet Library in Vassall Ward

Further information is at www.lambeth.gov.uk/readersandwriters  or see listings below

These Were Our Sons with Naomi L Klein
Monday 16 May, 6.45pm. Durning Library

Underage boys, jack-the-lads, seasoned soldiers, steady family men - all types served and died in the First World War. Naomi Lourie Klein talks about the varied lives of some of the men named on the stone cross at St Mark's Church, Kennington, and on Stockwell War Memorial. Her book of their stories will be on sale.

Join Lambeth Libraries and the Friends of Durning Library for an evening commemorating Lambeth’s sons.

Marsh, markets and masterpieces: walking Waterloo with Lambeth Archivist Len Reilly
North Lambeth Walk
Monday 16 May, 6pm. Waterloo Library

The walk will cover the low lying Lambeth Marsh area, the thriving street market that was once at The Cut and the masterpieces of music, art and theatre that generated from the South Bank Arts complex.

Meet at Waterloo Library, the walk will last about 90 minutes and will finish on the South Bank.

Shadow of the Matterhorn: The Life of Edward Whymper with Ian Smith
Tuesday 17 May, 7pm. Minet Library
In 1865 Edward Whymper was a mountaineering Superstar. His ascent of the Matterhorn electrified England where the new sport of mountain climbing was captivating both the gentlemen of means who took up the sport, and the masses of people who read about climbing in the periodicals of the day.

Ian’s biography uses new material from archives around the world, and from Whymper’s family, to give a fuller picture of this artisan from London, who had such an impact on the story of mountaineering. At age 25 Edward Whymper crowned a meteoric climbing career with the first ascent of the Matterhorn, the last great unclimbed summit in the Alps. However, this triumph came with notoriety and a lasting sorrow due to the catastrophic accident on the descent that killed 4 climbers.

Join Ian for an illustrated talk on a life of adventure.

Women writers’ panel with authors Chris Manby, Lotte Daley, Gillian Hudson and Helen Smith
Friday 20 May, 7pm. Brixton Library
Lambeth Libraries are pleased to bring you an evening of top women writers. The evening, led by best-selling author Chris Manby, will also include Lotte Daley, Gillian Hudson and Helen Smith. Between them they cover writing from full on chick-lit through to a more surreal take on life and love.

You are invited to the third Lambeth women writers’ night in what is becoming an absolute highlight of the Lambeth literary calendar. Join us for an evening of fun, inspiration and books.

Bookmania - Renowned artist David Taborn introduces his book-inspired art exhibition
David Taborn -Trollope-Have You Taken Leave of Your Senses
Monday 23 May, 7pm. South Lambeth Library

‘Bookmania’ is an exhibition that highlights the book as endangered species, fetishising its sculptural qualities and literary associations. The object-world infiltrates the two-dimensional in David Taborn’s work, creating hybrid works between sculpture and painting.

‘Taborn releases art from the confines of its own, institutionally-bound definitions, extending it across the divide between art-object and common-objects by exuberantly contaminating painting with the world and sensibilities of ordinary things....’ - J J Charlesworth

David Taborn lives and works in Lambeth, is a NESTA Fellow and has exhibited extensively at home and abroad.

The ‘Bookmania’ exhibition will be on show at South Lambeth Library from May until June.

A Book of Blues – author Courttia Newland in conversation
Wednesday 25 May, 7pm. Brixton Library
Courttia Newland is author of The Scholar (1997), Society Within (1999) and Snakeskin (2002). He was the co-editor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000) and his short stories have featured in many anthologies.

The blues speak of many things, most of all love. Courttia’s collection of family, friends, lovers and strangers endeavour to navigate a world where love presents as many obstacles as opportunities. Threaded with the constant pulse of music, A Book of Blues explores both physical and internal landscapes via the never-ending diversity of human relationships. Illuminating and enigmatic, Newland composes vivid, inimitable songs of self-discovery, tenderness and hope.

Courttia will be in conversation with Echoes dept editor and journalist Kevin Le Grendre.

The Black Madonna of Derby with Joanna Czechowska
Thursday 26 May, 7pm. Streatham Library
‘A beautifully matter-of-fact story about a family of Polish descent, living in England - a seemingly ordinary family with an extraordinary history’.

In a humorous, gentle and understated way The Black Madonna of Derby illustrates the subtle differences that family culture and traditions make. The author brings to life characters you can relate to and yet they are fascinating.

The truth unravels itself throughout the book with surprises! This is a story that appeals to all readers.

Join Joanna talking about a life of two countries and two cultures.

Launch of the West Norwood Library Poetry Garden with Lemn Sissay
Saturday 28 May, 2pm - 7pm. West Norwood Library
To celebrate the arrival of the sunshine and the reopening of the Library’s garden we are launching the West Norwood Poetry Garden. We are delighted that poetry star Lemn Sissay will be opening the garden.
The West Norwood Library garden is the perfect place to read and write poetry, especially for those who don’t have a garden at home. In the month leading up to the grand opening, our gardening club and Easter Holiday group will planting and tidying to make the garden beautiful. Local residents are invited to perform poems alongside more established poets.

With poetry activities for the children in the afternoon and poetry readings in the early evening – how better to while away a Saturday afternoon.

The Devil’s Garden with author Edward Docx
Wednesday 8 June, 7pm. Clapham Library
Dr Forle is a scientist on a river station deep in the heart of the South American jungle: the last inhabited point before the impassable interior. He is studying the eerie forest glades that the local people call ‘devil’s gardens’. Who or what has created these cursed and poisoned places? The answer, he hopes, will change the way we think about life itself. When one of his assistants is murdered, Forle is forced to abandon his life’s work and take sides. What kind of a man is he?

Edward has become a star of the Hay and Edinburgh literary festivals. His previous novels are The Calligrapher, and Self Help, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007, and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.

Join Edward discussing The Devil’s Garden.

For more information or to book tickets for Lambeth Libraries events please call 020 7926 1075 or email readersandwriters@lambeth.gov.uk.