Brent Culture Service newsletter: June

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June 2019

Journey to Justice Celebration Day

To celebrate the launch of our new exhibition, Journey to Justice in Brent, we will be holding an afternoon of fun events at the Library at Willesden Green on Saturday 22 June. The activities will draw on the themes of the new exhibition, which is about the history of protest and campaigns for equality and civil rights.  The events are all free and include: live music, dance performances, talks, exhibition tours, art and craft workshops and face painting.

Please join us between 12noon-4pm on 22 June.

The exhibition itself is open every day from 15 June to 1 September, entrance is free. The exhibition showcases stories of activism in Brent, many of them linked to international campaigns such as the US civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid campaign, Brent has a history of involvement in the fights for freedom, equality and human rights. Find out more by coming to our celebration day on 22 June or just popping in the see the exhibition from 15 June.

Gallery for hire


Willesden Gallery is one of the best places in North West London to see a range of high quality art. It’s free and there is lots of variety of the art on display with the art exhibitions changing every couple of weeks and featuring a variety of different mediums, themes and styles, and showing art from both well established and emerging artists, from groups of artists working together and from individuals.
The gallery has lots to offer both the visitor and the artist who is exhibiting. Each exhibition has had about four thousand visits, which helps raise artists’ profiles and allows them to show their work to new audiences. The gallery has been a great stepping stone for many artists, resulting in sales, new commissions and future exhibitions.

We are keen to hear from emerging and established artists, as well as curators and art organisations who are interested is hiring our gallery. For more details about our fees and terms and conditions email

(Check out previous gallery exhibitions on the Willesden Gallery Instagram)

Library Manager Vacancy

There are still a few days left to apply for the post of library manager. We are looking for someone with leadership experience, an aptitude for working in a busy customer facing environment and, of course, a passion for libraries, books and reading. If you think this might be the job for you or someone you know please take a look at the full details on the Brent website. There’s not much time left to apply – applications must be submitted by next Tuesday 11 June.

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Summer Reading Challenge: Reading Hacks

We are looking for young people to help us run our Summer Reading Challenge reading scheme for children. A variety of roles are available for volunteers aged 15 – 24. It is a great opportunity to develop skills while taking part in fun events. We want to hear from any young people who love books and reading and want to help. Download the full job description and an application from on our website or email for further details.

books on a beach

Summer Reading

Long, hot summer days are well on their way so time to think about your summer reading. If you are going away on holiday you’ll be wanting something to read on the beach, on your balcony or during the journey (if you are not going away you’ll still need something for those sunny days in the park). Find recommendations for good holiday reading on the library blog. If you are wanting to take some of the latest most popular titles with it might be a good idea to reserve them in advance, you can find them and place a hold on our library catalogue. If you don’t fancy using up all your luggage allowance with the latest hardback bestsellers you should consider exploring our elibrary where you can download up to 15 ebooks and unlimited emagazines to your phone or tablet to satisfy all your holiday reading needs.


Queen’s Park Book Festival

Let’s hope the rain holds off for the Queen’s Park Book Festival. The Book Festival is a weekend celebration of the literary arts and the only London book festival to be held entirely in a park. The annual festival returns on 29 and 30 June with a range of events, talks and stalls for all ages, with many celebrity speakers from the world of literature and beyond. Speakers this year include: Linda Grant, Guy Gunaratne, Simon Mayo, Marina Hyde, Anthony Costello and Ed Miliband.
Visit the website to find out more

(Get to know the work of some of these speakers before the event by borrowing their books from Brent Libraries, search for the authors on our catalogue.  And if you do come along come and say hello to us on the Brent Libraries stall!)