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Lambeth Libraries events October 2020

The October news from Lambeth libraries.

Lambeth Libraries celebrate Black History Month, National Libraries Week... and much more.

Black History month authors

Authors come to Lambeth in October

Wow, what a bumper month... Lambeth Libraries are proud to be hosting Black History Month 2020. It has been a year like no other, and a year which has had a major impact on Black communities, be it through the disproportionate impact suffered from Covid or the welling up of emotion and anger over the killing of George Floyd in America and the subsequent Black Lives Matter movement here.

Highlighted authors include Alex Wheatle, Rosanna Amaka, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, Tessa McWatt and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, with more to be added. The full programme is available from www.Lambeth.gov.uk/bhm

This month also includes other great programmes to get involved in so do check out National Poetry Day with a mass 24-hour "share-a-poem" festival on Thursday 1st October and National Libraries week from 5 to 10 October. 

If you would like to use the library or have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us on libraries@lambeth.gov.uk  - we'll be happy to help. Happy reading and we look forward to seeing you soon.


Black History Month 2020

Black History month books

Alex Wheatle – Cane Warriors

Alex Wheatle - Cane Warriors

Alex Wheatle - Cane Warriors

Wednesday 30 September 6.30pm
Online event. Book here

Nobody free till everybody free! Join Lambeth Libraries for the launch of the brand-new novel from Guardian Award-winning author Alex Wheatle.

Rosanna Amaka - The Book Of Echoes

Rosanna Amaka - The Book Of Echoes

Tuesday 6 October, 7pm.
Online event. Book here

With irresistible joy and grace, Rosanna Amaka writes of people moving between worlds, and asks how we can heal and help each other. Humming with beauty and horror, tragedy and triumph, The Book Of Echoes is a powerful debut from an authentic new voice in British fiction. Join Rosanna discussing her book with Lambeth Libraries. 

Jamaica, Britain and the Akan Maroon War

Jamaica, Britain and the Akan Maroon War

Thursday 8 October, 7pm.
Online event. Book here

Paul Crooks discusses a hidden Black and British history of Jamaica’s Maroons. Who were the Akan Speaking Maroons of Jamaica? Why did Britain go to war with them? Who were the leaders?

Hood Feminism – Brixton Radical Reads book group special

Hood Feminism

Friday 9 October, 7pm.
Online event. Book here

Join the reading group to discuss Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that White Feminists Forgot, by author Mikki Kendall. For a copy of the book please contact the library on 020 7926 1056.

Okechukwu Nzelu - The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney

Okechukwu Nzelu - The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney

Tuesday 13 October, 7pm
Online event. Book here

Okechukwu Nzelu brings us a funny and heart-warming story that covers the expanse of race, gender, class, family and redemption, with a fresh and distinctive new voice. Join Okechukwu to discuss one of the most talked about books of the year. Talk organised with Friends of Carnegie Library.

House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons with Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason

House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons with Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason

Wednesday 14 October, 7pm
Online event. Book here

Join Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason to discuss what it takes to raise a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race. Kadiatu is the mother of seven children. Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Two of his siblings are also former BBC Young Musician category finalists and the eldest, pianist Isata, has also presented for the Proms.

Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging with author Tessa McWatt

Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging with author Tessa McWatt

Monday 19 October, 7pm
Online event. Book here

‘What are you?’ Tessa McWatt knows first-hand that the answer to this question, often asked by white people, is always more complicated than it seems. In Shame On Me Tessa unspools all the interwoven strands of her inheritance, she dismantles her own body and examines it piece by piece to build a devastating and incisively subtle analysis of the race debate as it now stands. Talk organised by the Friends of Durning Library.

The Autumn Glories present: Grabbing a bit of history as we go along the way

The Autumn Glories

Tuesday 20 October, 7pm.
Online event. Book here

Lambeth Theatricals Drama Group the Autumn Glories are proud to present Grabbing a bit of history as we go along the way - an oral history production with a live Q&A for Lambeth’s Black History Month celebrations.

The theatre performance will be viewed online followed for a live Q&A with the group.

Vascular Dementia and Me: a community conversation with Lambeth’s African and Caribbean residents

Vascular Dementia and Me

Saturday 24 October, 11am
Online event: Bookings or contact Kate at Healthwatch, tel: 07943 986 256, email: kate.damiral@healthwatchlambeth.org.uk

Join this community conversation with live drama performance to explore how vascular dementia is particularly affecting Lambeth’s black communities. Join us to: 

* Find out more about vascular dementia, its causes and symptoms
* Learn how to reduce the risks of developing the disease with a healthy lifestyle
* Discover some of the local healthy living activities and support available
* Investigate the issues behind the inequalities and explore potential solutions
* Experience a live drama performance by local community members to bring these matters to life.

This event will be hosted by Black Thrive, Healthwatch Lambeth and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

Legacy & Hope

Legacy & Hope

Sunday 25 October, 7.30pm
Online event: Live stream: www.pegasusoperacompany.org/virtualconcert 

Join Pegasus Opera online for our virtual Black History Month concert entitled 'Legacy and Hope'. This vocal extravaganza features Britain’s leading black classical singers who will regale you with opera, calypso and musical theatre as we also pay tribute to the Windrush generation. We know you will love this unique and uplifting digital event!

The First Woman with author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

The First Woman with author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Monday 26 October, 7pm
Online event. Book here

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi follows Kirabo on her journey to become a young woman and to find her place in the world, as her country is transformed by the dictatorship of Idi Amin. Jennifer has written a sweeping tale of longing and rebellion, at once epic and deeply personal, combining an intoxicating mix of ancient Ugandan folklore and contemporary feminism.

Jennifer is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer acclaimed for her prize-winning first novel, Kintu. Join her to discuss her new novel.

Family Tree Making Workshop

Family Tree Making Workshop

Wednesday 28 October, 7pm
Online event. Book here

Join Dr Audrey Allwood, author of Belonging in Brixton for a Family Tree Making Workshop. After researching her own ancestry Audrey constructed a family genealogy narrative, or a ‘book’ as her brother called it, containing her family tree. It is both interesting and valuable to know the influences that shaped our ways of being, leaving the story for present and future generations to know and add to. Here Audrey touches on her own experience and sets out the steps you’ll need to take to construct your family narrative.

The Windrush Generation: 492 Korna Klub Interactive Performance

The Windrush Generation

Thursday 29 October, 7pm
Online event. Book here

492 Korna Klub presents a live interactive performance and community debate about the Windrush Generation. We are living in a Historic moment, join the 492 Korna Klub for a virtual performance so that we can connect and join the dialogue about how we can move forwards in this hostile environment whilst celebrating and commemorating the Windrush generation and their Kin. www.492KornaKlub.com

Kwame and the Lockdown

Kwame and the Lockdown

Friday 30 October, 7pm
Online event. Book here

How can Black men survive COVID19 and remain proactive during these challenging and uncertain times? What can Black men do collectively to look after their Mental Health & Wellbeing and address our current reality? How can Black men support and guide the next generation so that we are better prepared for civil action? Join the Black Men’s Consortium for an interactive theatre performance & community dialogue event about Black men in the time of COVID19.

Black Writers Challenge

Black Writers Challenge

Have you read a book by a black author this year? Maybe you'd like to discover new writing and authors?

On Twitter? Follow @LamLibs and join the conversation using the hashtag #BlackWritersChallenge @BHMLambeth.


Black Books for Kids

Black Books for Kids

Saturday 3 October, 10.30am
Online event: Instagram Live @lambeth_libraries

Join librarian Zoey as she shares some of her favourite books for children and teens written by and about Black People, some of which she'll be giving away!

Meet Children’s author Ken Wilson-Max

Ken Wilson- Max

Monday 5 October, 11.30am
Online event:
 To register email: marta@stockwell.org.uk

Ken Wilson- Max started out as a graphic designer in Zimbabwe before breaking through in publishing. He is the author of the Lenny series as well as The Little Red Plane, Astro Girl and so many more. All his books are aimed at being inclusive and he now runs an independent publishing company creating and producing naturally inclusive books for very young children called Alanna Max. Hear Ken talk about his work and books.
Event organised in partnership with LEAP and Lambeth Libraries

Connecting With Black Culture Through Food

Connecting With Black Culture Through Food

Wednesday 21 October, 10:30am to 12pm
Online event: To register email: marta@stockwell.org.uk

Join Natural Chef Nena Foster for a special Black History Month cookery class focused on food and the myriad ways that it is created and enjoyed in black cultures. We'll share food memories and favourite culturally-inspired dishes and get cooking a few recipes inspired by Nena's own cultural heritage and her love for health-focused food! Fantastic event for families with children aged 0-4.

Big Kids Storytime

Big Kids Storytime

Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October  (half-term), 4:15pm each day
Online event Instagram Live @lambeth_libraries

Tune in each week day from 4:15pm on Instagram to listen to librarian Zoey read Race to the Frozen North; the remarkable true story of Matthew Henson, the first American to reach the North Pole, written by Catherine Johnson, illustrated by Katie Hickey and published by Barrington Stoke. 

Happy Windrush Day with Winston Nzinga

Happy Windrush Day with Winston Nzinga

Saturday 31 October, 10am
Online event: Facebook

Old time stories come back again. Come and join in the fun. Play along with a drum, a shaker or bell. Listen and sing along with Winston Nzinga recounting special Caribbean folk stories with music and song from the Windrush generation. A lively storytime, where you will hear and be entertained by traditional tales. Ages 5 years and above

Lambeth Libraries Wriggle & Rhyme for under 5s

Wriggle and Rhyme

Throughout the month of October African and Caribbean folktales and stories will be told during our under 5 sessions. Hear what tricks Anancy is up to and sing-along to traditional rhymes. 

Join our librarians for songs, stories and rhymes for the under 5s.

Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 10.30am to 11am

Facebook live everyday @ Facebook/Lambeth Libraries: Wriggle and Rhyme Online.


Windrush: Portrait of a Generation - A photo-story by Jim Grover

Windrush: Portrait of a Generation - A photo-story by Jim Grover

Thursday 1 October to December 2020
Brixton Library.
To book a free slot to view the exhibition please call: 020 7926 1058.

Celebrating the Caribbean community in South London. This photo-story by award-winning social documentary photographer Jim Grover looks at the community following the arrival of SS Windrush. 

For further information: www.jimgroverphotography.com www.windrushportraitofageneration.com, Twitter/Instagram: @jimgroverphoto

Black Futures Month @ Black Cultural Archives

Black Futures Month @ Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archive

For Black Cultural Archives, October is Black Futures Month, a season of programming which seeks to use our shared histories to look forward and dream. Black Cultural Archives is working with early career curators Pelumi Odubanjo and duo Languid Hands, with guidance from artist and curator Barby Asante. Look out for the project across all of our digital platforms.

Made possible through the Arts Council Emergency Response Fund.

Black Lives Matter: Signs and placards from a summer of protest

Black Lives Matter: Signs and placards from a summer of protest

Monday 5 October to Saturday 31 October. 11am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Viewing by appointment only
Minet Library
Bookings: tel: 0207 926 6073 email: minetlibrary@lambeth.gov.uk

An exhibition of some of the signs and placards left behind after the recent Black Lives Matter protests in London. Do you see your sign here?
Do you want to donate a sign that you still have at home or any other BLM content? Then get in touch, we want to record your story, contact Lambeth Archives at archives@lambeth.gov.uk

From our Friends

Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP)

Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP)

LEAP is working with community partners in October to bring you and your children a range of activities and events to celebrate Black History Month. Settle in with your little one at an online storytelling session, get active with an African drumming lesson, or teach them to cook a delicious snack guided by our healthy chefs.

We’ll also be sharing birth and breastfeeding experiences and support, and links to what’s on in the community to help you celebrate black culture, traditions and history.

Keep checking our online calendar for new events and activities throughout October... And if you’re looking for inspiration, check out our Facebook for local heroes during the month. You might spot someone you know, or be introduced to someone new.

Streatham Festival

Streatham FestivalStreatham Festival

This year Streatham Arts Festival has an exciting new offering for our community. Art and music have long been a key part of the festival, but literature is about to join the mix!

Sunday 11 October The Streatham Sunday Special. A live event at Streatham space project. A day of workshops, readings and discussions followed by spoken word, music, and poetry.

Drawing workshops for kids with Frann Preston-Gannon, Getting Published talks and discussion with Amanda Brookfield and Lev Parikian, Author talks and much more - and the star panel discussing Loud Black Girls - Abiola Oni and Temi Mwale with Marcelle Mateki Akita (Chair). The day ends with Vocals and Verses, a Black History Month special. An evening celebrating black culture through spoken word and live music. Check the link above for ticket prices. 

Coming Out from lockdown: Black Gay Ink is back!

spread the word

Black Gay Ink is a creative writing development scheme for emerging Black gay writers. These sessions are aimed at encouraging a sense of wellbeing after a period of lockdown and creating a safe space for Black gay men to learn more about positive personal and professional development. The scheme will comprise of four wellbeing workshops and four career development workshops, alongside creative writing activities. The scheme will culminate in a new writing digital showcase event championing new writing from Black gay men.

You can apply via Submittable.

World Mental Health Day: Christine - Living With Schizophrenia

Christine: Living With Schizophrenia

Saturday 10 October, 3pm
Online event: Email: foftlbrixton@gmail.com

Join Jill Delahunty who will present extracts from her sister's published journal (which she edited), about her sister's experience of Schizophrenia. Jill worked on the collection of her sister's memoirs after Christine's death and says of her sister: ''She long hoped to be able to publish these to help others understand the difficulties of living with mental illness, through the insight of her own experiences”.

Event organised with the Friends of Brixton Library as part of World Mental Health Day.

Business Start-ups in London Libraries

Business Start up

Our Start-ups in London Libraries workshops are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out our October schedule and register your place on one of the online workshops. This project is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their business idea into a reality.

RB Digital

Free eBook and eAudiobook, magazine and comic downloads

With your library card you can use our e-library for free, just go to  www.lambeth.gov.uk/LibraryServicesOnline. When logging in use all letters in your library card number 'LMP'.

We've got thousands of eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines and Comics to download and they're all free. Get the RBDigital app on your phone, iPad or tablet, or access the website on a PC or laptop and start listening or reading straight away! 

You’ll find some amazing eBooks longlisted for some of the most prestigious book prizes available to download on RBDigital. Here are some of our favourites. 

Kanopy KIds

Fantastic free online resources and free film streaming

There are also other online resources available to you, including Times Digital Archive and PressReader app (Over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from more than 120 countries. Great for catching up on the daily papers from around the world or brushing up on your languages if you are a student), and many more. Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card. Simply register at Lambeth KanopyTake a look at what's available. www.lambeth.gov.uk/LibraryServicesOnline

Lambeth Landmark

Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Landmark is an online showcase of over 14,000 of the best images from Lambeth Archives’ collections of photographs, drawings, prints, watercolours, maps and documents. High quality photographic prints are available. To find out more contact archives@lambeth.gov.uk or by Twitter @LambethArchives