Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Festival begins May 2022

Leila Mottley

Leila Mottley joins the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival in June, visiting from Oakland, California

Library Services for May

Thursday 5th May is polling day for local council elections and Tate South Lambeth, Durning, Waterloo, Brixton, Clapham, Minet/Archives and Streatham Libraries will all be polling stations. Brixton and Streatham Libraries will be open for library use, but the others listed above will be closed for polling - West Norwood, Carnegie and Upper Norwood Libraries are open as usual.

We are looking to set up Children and Young People Friends Groups for each Lambeth Library. As part of Lambeth becoming a Child Friendly Borough we want to hear what our younger users want. Are we providing the right activities and books? What more would you like us to do? If you know a young person who would like to be involved, they should email Susanna at, with the name of their local library, and ask for more details.

We have another full month of events and activities online and in-person for you to enjoy- all free unless listed. I hope you find something interesting. Do come into your local library and see us - we have lots of lovely new books - have a check on the catalogue for new titles.

Thousands of free eBooks and audiobooks in Ukrainian

In order to provide Ukrainian people in the UK with a range of free reading, listening, learning and entertainment opportunities, multimedia content provider Odilo have launched a free app for both Android and iOS. Available across Europe, the app includes 3000 e-books and audiobooks in a variety of genres, including 1,700 Ukrainian titles and 500 in English. There is material for both children and adults to offer support, pleasure or the comfort of reading, learning and listening in these difficult and uncertain times.

Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival 2022

Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival

The 2022 Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival is back with a series of inspirational events to suit all tastes. Whether you enjoy reading, writing, discussions, or simply sitting back and listening. Come and join us and express yourself! You’ll be amazed at the fun you can have in your local library.

A month of writers...

Fiction writers

Throughout May and into June we have some great writers visiting Lambeth Libraries both in person and virtually, here's a taste of May’s highlights:

For Fiction lovers you are in for a treat with Tim Finch (11 May) talking about his Costa nominated novel Peace Talks and the fantastic Louise Hare (25 May) discussing writing historical fiction from her award winning This Lovely City to her new book Miss Aldridge Regrets.

For those interested in history and information then we have that covered too: Archivist Jon Newman (10 May) discusses John Ruskin and his new book Sunset Over Herne Hill, Sunday Times best-selling writer Andrew Lownie (16 May) gives us a take on the Windsor’s in Traitor King and Dayo Olomu (24 May), author of Amazon bestseller The Premium Leader discussing effective leadership in a hybrid world.

Non Fiction writers

Zines, Poetry and more...

Where We Find Ourselves: Diaspora Poems and Stories

In addition to author visits we have the return to Brixton Library of the brilliant Zine Fair (14 May), a special Clapham Library night of Poetry from Arachne Press titled Where We Find Ourselves: Diaspora Poems and Stories (17 May) and the Lambeth LGBTQ+ Reading Group discuss the classic Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin (27 May).

Painting, Community & History with Poet Leo Boix

Painting, Community & History with Poet Leo Boix

Thursday 19 May, 1pm to 3pm.
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite 

Lambeth Libraries are offering the opportunity for 10 participants to join a series of art workshops hosted by writers. The events are organised with Camberwell College of Arts and funded by the University of the Arts London’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion teaching and learning fund. Workshop 1: Concrete and Visual poetry with Latinx poet Leo Boix

…and there are book discussions, exhibitions and more going into June with more writers, workshops and discussions... check out the brochure for a full listing. For all bookings please visit Lambeth Libraries Eventbrite page. Some of the events will be live streamed, just book a ticket to be notified, check with the library or check on our Facebook page.

Other Library Events

Lambeth Libraries Spring Local Business Fair


Sunday 1 May, 11am to 4pm 
West Norwood Library. SE27 9JX

Lambeth libraries, in collaboration with West Norwood FEAST, is hosting the Spring local businesses fair! Come and support your local business in the library. This will be a great day for all the family with loads to see and do.  

Our community space will be open to families for under 5s activities and story rhyme time from 12pm. There will also be make-over sessions, tutorials and yoga! Bring your friends and family to the library for what is set to be a great day out for all. Stall spaces still available contact: Rachel Samuels

Second hand Book Fair

Book fair

Saturday 7 May and Sunday 8 May
12pm to 4.30pm.

Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

Brixton Library will be selling second hand books for a big book weekender!  

Durning Library Knitting Group

Durning Knitting

Tuesdays, 10.30am to 12pm
Durning Library. SE11 4HF

Knitting is an enjoyable stress reliever which has been around for centuries and can be enjoyed alone or in a group. Join us at Durning Library and make something which can be treasured for many years to come, or given as a wonderful gift knowing that you made it.


Peripheral Visions, Marginal Figures

Peripheral Visions

Showing 9 May to 31 May
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

Paintings, screen prints and bus stops, by Martin Grover. Since graduating from the Royal Academy Schools sometime last century, Martin has embarked on a rambling artistic odyssey.

This exhibition includes recent paintings and screen prints but also encompasses a range of work from the past few years.
Largely influenced by the traditions of English romanticism and American realism, Martin merges themes of musical nostalgia, procrastination, lost property, elegiac decay, childhood recollections, wildflowers, bus stops, sheds and shelters into an intriguing and versatile array of images.

Fun and Learning for Children

Explore Learning English & Maths Workshops

A Knight’s Journey

Saturday 7 May, 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Friday 13 May, 4pm to 5pm.
Upper Norwood Library. SE19 1TQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Tuesday 31 May, 2pm to 3pm.
Carnegie Library. SE24 0AG
Booking via Eventbrite

Wednesday 1 June, 2pm to 3pm.
Minet Library. SE5 9QY
Booking via Eventbrite

Monthly workshops with tutors from Explore Learning to help children from 5 to 12 years old with their Maths and English skills. This Friday it's a Knights Journey: All knights go through many quests and this journey to the king’s throne is no different. We travel back to medieval times and children will joust their way through many grammar tournaments.

Chatterbooks Online Quiz: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Wednesday 25 May, 4pm
Online Event: Booking via Eventbrite

Join Sandra and Angela with our monthly online quiz, celebrating all things Wimpy Kid. Each month we talk about what we've been reading and enjoy Quizzes. For 8 to 12 year olds.

Elmer Day

Elmer Day

Saturday 28 May

Get ready for the most colourful day of the year! For this year’s Elmer Day we are celebrating the themes of inclusivity and friendship that run throughout the Elmer books and honouring the life and legacy of Elmer’s creator David McKee. His was a singular voice and a shining light in children’s books, whose creations, including Elmer, Mr Benn and Not Now, Bernard, touch the lives of many generations of children around the world.

Download resource pack for fun activities

From Our Friends

Peckham Fringe

Peckham Fringe

Monday 2 May to Sunday 5 June

Just up the road our friends @TheatrePeckham have just announced the inaugural #PeckhamFringe line-up with 32 shows across 5 weeks there's something for everyone in this festival of dynamic stories & culture, including new writing, musical theatre & comedy.

How to be a cycling champion: Michael Hutchinson

Michael Hutchinson

Tuesday 3 May, 7.30pm
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB
£12 Ticket. Booking via TicketTailor 

We are delighted to welcome Michael Hutchinson, multiple time-trial champion, acclaimed author, Cycling Weekly columnist and general man-about-cycling as our guest at Clapham Library

Author talk and song-writing workshop with Christine Pillainayagam

Author talk and song-writing workshop with Christine Pillainayagam

Thursday 12 May, 10am
Online Event: 
Booking via Eventbrite

School children can join musician and debut author Christine Pillainayagam for a fantastic song-writing workshop! Christine will discuss her debut YA novel, Ellie Pillai is Brown, and teach children the fundamentals of lyricism before giving them a chance to pen down and share their own songs. There will also be time for an audience Q&A.

This event is suitable for children aged 12+

Dagile - Learning at Work Week Showcase

Dagile - Learning at Work Week Showcase

Wednesday 18 May, 10am
Online Event: 
Booking via Eventbrite

Dagile offers free online digital skills and leadership training for people working or living in London. At this showcase, you will hear from Dagile learners and their employers discuss how the courses have helped develop new digital skills, improve work productivity and in some cases further career trajectories.

Hosted by London South Bank University (LSBU), this is a great opportunity to take some time out to invest in yourself!

Calling Children's writers

All Stories

Are you an aspiring children's book writer from an underrepresented group? Don't miss the All Stories 2022–2023 programme, which is offering an incredible ten free mentorships with expert editors to writers of middle grade and young adult books who are unable to afford support. Applications are open until 30th June, with the mentorships running from October 2022 until June 2023. All Stories is also running free in-person and online workshops with award-winning authors, plus writing groups for workshop participants. Find out more and apply at All Stories Write

Stories of Black Leadership from the BCA

Stories of Black Leadership

Inspiring Legacies is the third and final part of the Stories of Black Leadership photographic and oral history series. This exhibition shines a spotlight on present day Black female leaders. Visit the

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

We've got thousands of e-books, audiobooks, magazines and comics to download and they're all free. Get the Libby app on your phone, iPad or tablet, or access the website on a PC or laptop and start listening or reading straight away! 



Coming soon…Discover new audiobooks only available on BorrowBox!


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.

Steel Band, Tate Library, Brixton. 1975. Lambeth Archives Ref: 12869

Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Archives is now fully open again. You can visit us five days a week, including evenings and weekends, to discover more about Lambeth's rich and diverse histories. See Planning your visit | Lambeth Council for our opening hours; email to book an appointment. Alternatively, you can search and browse over 15,000 images and documents from our collections online at Lambeth Landmark.

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