Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Festival 2021
Join Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Festival for a month-long programme of inspirational events: reading, writing, discussion or simply sitting back and listening - you'll all be welcome. For a full guide to every event see the Festival website
To book for each event see Lambeth Libraries Eventbrite
Author discussions with Q&As. Sessions include: Costa prizewinner Jack Fairweather discusses Polish war hero Witold Pilecki, who volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz to create an underground resistance; Lilian Pizzichini discusses Mariella Novotny, whose life and murder incorporated political scandal, the Profumo affair, JFK and bent London coppers in the highest places. A real highlight of the Festival will be music journalist Paul Morley discussing his new biography of Bob Dylan.
Patrick McGrath introduces his new novel Last Days in Cleaver Square, a Spanish Civil War veteran confronts his past; Leone Ross discusses her much anticipated This One Sky Day, Star-crossed lovers try to find their way back to one another across one day; Authors come together for A night to celebrate Love, Life, Laughter with Anstey Harris, James Bailey, Mike Gayle and Eva Verde; and Nadifa Mohamed discusses The Fortune Men, Mahmood is a chancer - not a murderer - but when a shopkeeper is murdered, suspicion falls on him.
Join Lola Olufemi in discussion with Yara Rodrigues Fowler on Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power, Lola looks to reclaim feminism from consumerism, showing that the struggle for gendered liberation is a struggle for justice; Simon Hannah and the Radical Readers group discuss the Poll Tax rebellion that helped bring down one of the most powerful Prime Ministers in Can't Pay, Won't Pay: The Fight to Stop the Poll Tax and if you want to discuss a great LGBTQ+ classic, join the LGBTQ+ book club to discuss Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.
Test your knowledge with our fun Literary Bingo, download your bingo cards and answer our daily literary quiz questions.
For Lambeth writers, enter our Writing Competition for Lambeth residents with publishers Simon & Schuster
Saturday 15 May 2021
Exclusively for Lambeth residents, this opportunity enables you to submit your first three chapters, for the first time, directly to the editorial team. For entry details and information see Simon & Schuster's Books and the City website
#DigitalOriginals #OneDay open submission day (#LoveLamLibOneDay)
Children's Author Visits
Lambeth’s month-long Readers and Writers festival also gives young readers the chance to hear from and meet authors.
Thursday 6 May, 2 -3pm. For Under 3s. Hear author/storyteller Chitra Soundar read from her beautifully illustrated books You’re Safe with Me and You’re Strong With Me. Book via Eventbrite
Thursday 13 May, 2pm. New picture book Munchkin's Adventures follows the imaginary adventures of Karen Farrell’s daughter Alice. Book via Eventbrite
Thursday 20 May, 2pm. Hear Sandra Moodie read Aminata and the Bag of Seeds. Book via Eventbrite
Thursday 27 May, 2pm. Author/illustrator of The Crocodile Who Couldn’t Swim Lee Attard introduces us to a super fun collection of rhyming children’s books. Book via Eventbrite
Regular Activities for Children
Lambeth Libraries Wriggle & Rhyme for under 5s
Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) at 10.30-11am
Join our librarians for songs, stories and rhymes for the under 5s on Facebook live every day @ Facebook/Lambeth Libraries: Wriggle and Rhyme Online.
Wednesday 26 May at 4-5pm
Chatterbooks - an online reading and show 'n' tell group for 8-12 year-olds on the last Wednesday of the month at 4-5pm. It's National Share-a-Story month, so go on...share your or a story you love!
Email Sandra firstname.lastname@example.org or Rita email@example.com.
Homework Help - photo: Pixnio
Monday to Friday at 3.30-4.30pm
Lambeth Library staff are here to support children and young people with their homework. If you have an enquiry with your homework, please contact us online at Ask a Librarian.
Code Clubs for Kids
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4pm – contact Will at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundays 12pm - contact Ana at email@example.com
Code Clubs for children aged 9-13 provide step-by-step activity sheets to create games, animations, and websites, learning the key concepts of coding at the same time.
Regular Activities for Adults
Lambeth History Unlocked
Edward Hollamby 10958 Lambeth Archives
Rebuilding Lambeth, Edward Hollamby and the last of Lambeth’s council houses.
Thursday 20 May, 7pm
This talk is given by Lambeth Archivist, Jon Newman. To register to join please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading Friends is a UK-wide initiative that brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends and have fun. It's your choice whether to read aloud or sit back and listen. Reading is about pleasure, not pressure!
Wednesdays 9.30am - Book @ Breakfast Contact Erol at EMehmet@lambeth.gov.uk for details.
Thursdays 10.30am - Book @ Breakfast Contact Sophia at email@example.com for details.
Thursdays 5pm - The Polish Community Reading Friends Contact Arthur at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Thursdays 4pm - The Caribbean Reading Friends Contact Pauline at email@example.com for details.
Reading Groups Online
Want to chew the cud about a book you've just read? We have many friendly, stimulating reading groups to choose from. You can find more information about each group and what they are discussing on your local library Facebook page, or email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org. All welcome.
English Conversation Café
Café open Mondays at 1.30-2.15pm
Want to practice speaking English or need help with English pronunciation?
Visit our virtual café and join our friendly group, who will encourage you to be confident in a range of situations that will assist you to improve your spoken English in every day conversations.
Bring our own your cappuccino, espresso or iced tea! Contact Liz at email@example.com for meeting ID and log in details.
From Our Friends
Bump, baby and me
Free Lambeth baby festival
Tuesday 4 May to Friday 7 May
Great events such as baby massage, baby showers and baby games. Hear from health and early years experts on all aspects of pregnancy and the first year of your baby's life. Connect and make new friends with other local parents.
Register for as many sessions as you like.
Whether you’re pregnant – or you’ve had a baby in lockdown – we’re looking forward to seeing you!
Escape: One Day We Had To Run
Launch of Escape: One Day We Had to Run with Lantana Publishing
Tuesday 4 May, 7pm
Written by Ming & Wah Chen and illustrated by Carmen Vela, this book shares emotive and inspiring personal narratives from refugees, asylum seekers and migrants across history and geographies, who have braved enormous challenges to find a safe home for their families. The event is hosted by the Holocaust Museum LA.
Listen to Ming & Wah talk about what and who inspired them to research and collect these courageous stories of resilience and determination, and learn more about Carmen's bold and striking illustrations. Register Here.
Missing Mummy: A Book about Bereavement
For Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16 May, Librarian Sandra, reads a positive, helpful and touching story about losing a parent. Ages 4 plus
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Create-write-connect: Free writing course with Spread the Word
Starts 27 May
Elle McNicoll is running a FREE course all about writing for children and young people. This 5-week course will guide you through and discuss narrative style, genre, character and the importance of Own Voices as well as the dos and don’ts for children’s fiction. Activities and readings are emailed to you weekly; there is no need to 'show up' to anything, you can take part in your own time. Book a free place here
Saturday 29 May is Elmer Day in all Lambeth Libraries. Help us spread the positivity of Elmer by getting your own free resources and join the online celebration. Contact your local library for more details.