Brent Culture Service newsletter: March

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March 2019

Willesden Gallery Event

We’re offering a great opportunity for artists to network and get career tips at our gallery event on 28 March. Come along to the Gallery in the Library at Willesden Green between 6 and 8pm, as well as meeting other artists over complimentary light refreshments we will have a presentation from Meike Brunkhorst from factor-m consultancy. Meike will be sharing tips for artists to improve their visibility and develop their creative careers.
This event is free but space is limited so please RSVP to


New Library IT system coming very soon

We’re very sorry for any disruption caused this week by some of our IT related services being unavailable. This has been caused by the changeover to a new (and improved!) Library IT system. It should all be worth it in the end but for the next few days only basic library transactions can take place (borrowing and returning) anything else, such as reserving books or searching the catalogue, will have to wait until the new system is fully up and running.
Any books that would normally have been due back in this period of disruption have had their due dates extended to 19 March, so the changes will not result in any late fines. It should be ready by Monday 11 March, so please bear with us.
Once it is all up and functioning we will have a quicker easier to use system for you and a catalogue giving you access to over 5 million library items across London! For full details of this IT change see the news story here.

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Healthy chocolate eggs and bunnies

Many of us look forward to indulging in chocolate eggs and bunnies at Easter but it can be a bad time for your health and waist line! Well not necessarily, find out how you can enjoy chocolate Easter treats without the downsides by choosing healthy raw chocolate instead. Raw chocolate enthusiast, Aneta, will be joining us on 2 April to tell us about this alternative treat. She will also be bringing along plenty of delicious raw chocolate treats for you to sample (included as part of the £2 entrance fee). Book now.

Women’s Prize for Fiction

If you are looking for a recommendation of what to read next a great place to look is the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist which has just been announced. They choose titles showing excellence and originality, written by women in English from around the world. There are some interesting looking titles this year including:
• Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi a deep story exploring the very nature of identity,
• In Circe, by previous winner Madeline Miller who won with The Song of Achilles in 2012, Miller returns to her favourite theme of ancient Greek myth following the story of the exiled Goddess Circe most famous for her clash with Odysseus.
• Normal People by Sally Rooney is rather more grounded in the reality of the here are now as it follows the love story of Connell and Marianne from their childhood in rural Ireland to their student years in Dublin and beyond as their lives remain entwined and each profoundly effects the other’s destiny.
• Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton is her debut historical novel telling the story of an emancipated slave
• An American Marriage by Tayari Jones takes a look at the darker of the American Dream…
Lots more to choose from and a huge variety of themes and styles. Take a look for yourself and see if you can spot your next read.

Alfred Hitchcock – talk and film screening

We have a real treat this month for classic cinema fans. At the Library at Willesden Green on 15 March we will be showing Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail, which was Britain’s first ‘talkie’, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of its release. The screening will begin with a short talk from our regular film historian, Will Bird, and followed by a question answer session (which he wants to leave until the end to avoid potential spoilers!)
Blackmail was directed by Hitchcock when he was just 29. A dark and disturbing tale based on the play by Charles Bennett, it was originally planned as a silent movie but then last minute changes had to be made to make it a sound picture as the popularity of this new technology took off the and studio feared being left behind.
Come along and hear the fascinating background to this ground breaking piece of British Cinema before losing yourself in creepy depression-era London with a screening of the film itself in full.
£3, book now!

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