Libraries festival comes to Brent

10 October 2017

/media/16409001/ska.jpgTALKS on the greatest libraries of history and the life of a crime writer are just some of the events coming to Brent this week as part of a London-wide libraries festival.


The Library at Willesden Green is one of four libraries across London to host the 'Worlds of Possibilities' festival, 11-14 October, which coincides with National Libraries Week and aims to show how libraries are rising to the opportunities of the digital age and the wider cultural impact they have, with a range of artistic activities, talks and appearances by cultural figures.


The week of activity kicks off on Tuesday 10 October at 6:30pm with an hour-long talk from Will Bird on some of the greatest libraries of history that have been lost or destroyed, such as Alexandria and Constantinople, whereas on the same day a new exhibition, also at the Library at Willesden Green launches displaying a collection of art work from Syrian artists on the theme of urban living, entitled "Memories of Cities."


Singing, rhymes, a story session entitled 'Bath, Book, Bed with the Bookstart Bear!' takes place on Wednesday 11 October at 10am as part of a national campaign to encourage a book before bedtime, whereas later in the day, Karin Fernald provides an illustrated presentation on the life of Virginia Woolf 6:30pm, in a £2 session using paintings by Vanessa Bell, Walter Sickert, Spencer Gore, Robert Bevan and Malcolm Drummond.


Former criminal barrister-turned-author Simon Michael drops into Kilburn Library on Thursday 12 October at 6:30pm for an hour-long talk on the life of a crime writer, while back at the Library at Willesden Green on Friday 13 October, at 7:30pm comedians Slim and Stephen K Amos take to the stage as part of a now sold-out Come Mek We Larf Black History Month special.


Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:


"The World of Possibilities festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that libraries in London have to offer and I'm delighted that we as a borough are playing such a key role in this project.


"As our library listings show every week, Brent is a borough with an enormous cultural offer, which is why we're looking to cement our status as a cultural hub in the capital by bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020."


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