Lambeth Libraries Events for May 2023

Readers and Writers Festival 2023

May is Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Festival where we delight in  contemporary literature while celebrating some great classics. It's a month of all things literary with discussions, talks and participatory events - join us for a bumper month of good writing. 

The month of May is full of Bank Holidays, so Lambeth Libraries will be closed on the following Mondays: 1st, 8th and 29th May. Most of our libraries will also be closed for the Coronation on Saturday 6th May, however, Brixton, Upper Norwood and South Lambeth Libraries will remain open.

Carnegie Library is current closed for redecoration and restoration of its heritage features. It will reopen on Friday 19 May.

Lambeth  Readers and Writers Festival 2023

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The 2023 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 2023

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

For Fiction lovers you are in for a treat with Christopher Bowden (9 May) talking about his latest novel Mr Magenta, the fantastic Jessica George (16 May) discussing Maame, one of the hit titles of 2023, and prize-winning Caleb Azumah Nelson (24 May), who has invited his Mum, Eugenia Ashie, to discuss his new novel, Small Worlds, intergenerational relationships and the stories and music which make us who we are.

non Fiction writers 2023

For those interested in history and information, we have a stellar line-up: musician and writer  Stephen Coates (4 May) discusses Bone Music: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone, former MP and best-selling political diarist Chris Mullin (15 May) returns with his trademark irreverence and keen eye for the political absurd, Dub Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson (17 May) is in conversation with legendary actor, director, presenter and cultural activist, Burt Caesar, writer and columnist Gary Younge (23 May) talks about his career and his latest book Dispatches and Comedian Sadia Azmad (31 May) discusses her hilarious book on how we all deserve to feel like a Sex Bomb!

...and for poetry lovers...

poets 2023

If your thing is poetry then we have a couple of brilliant events for you. Join local poet Jill Abram (10 May) who brings three fantastic poets of international renown living in the borough to you and follow up with celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the Black Ink Collective (19 May) for a night telling the Collective's story though readings and performances.

…discussion and talks...

discussion 2023

In addition to author visits we have discussion on William Morris’s Art, Wealth and Riches (12 May), Mrs Meredith and the Convict Laundries of Vauxhall and Stockwell (22 May), the Lambeth LGBTQ+ Reading Group discuss the classic Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson (26 May) and Naresh Kaushal looks at Lambeth StoryTrails interactive immersive map (27 May) and talks about the process of 3D mapping and storytelling.

…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

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Art Exhibitions

Yair Meshoulam: Signs Of Our Time Mobiles, Paintings & Prints

Yair Meshoulam

Showing until 26 May
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

Yair Meshoulam is a maker of beautiful and extraordinary paintings and installations, as well as a part-time guitarist, and self-proclaimed 'King of Wallpaper'. Born in Haifa in 1963, he has lived in London since 1966

The subject matter of this exhibition ranges from the mythological to the magical to the mystical but in a contemporary or timeless setting. The style is figurative from the imagination - surreal, symbolic, magic realist - label it how you will.

Groups and Activities

Friends of Brixton Library

Friends of Brixton Library

Tuesday 2 May, 5pm to 6pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ

Do you enjoy attending Brixton Library Fairs and Bazaars? Like practicing Tai Chi or Crafts? Appreciate following Local History?... or poetry? Literature? To celebrate and look to future activities with the Friends of Brixton Library, come along to this meeting. Light refreshments will be available. For more details and/ or rsvp:

Menopause Support Group

Menopause Support Group

Meets 2nd Monday of the month, 7pm to 8.30pm
Streatham Library, SW16 1PN
Contact to book your place, or to find out more: or

This is a free group for women from all cultures, who are living through any stage of the menopause. Each month we get together to share experiences, offer and receive support, and hear from specialist guest speakers.

Be the difference: Fostering in Lambeth

Fostering Lambeth

Thursday 11 May, 10am to 2pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

Could you foster? Children in our
community are in need of stable, loving homes to achieve their best future and fulfil their potential. Drop in to see us at Brixton Library. There are many different types of foster care, and we’re sure there’s one that works for you.

Love Your Mind

Love Your Mind

Wednesday 17 May, 11.30am to 2.30pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

Raising awareness of mental health and how to help. For residents, frontline staff, volunteers and local businesses. Drop in or book by emailing

Age UK My Health Launch and Taster Session

Age UK

Thursday 18 May, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

Age UK Lambeth are holding a launch of their MY Health services. It will be a chance to find out about their free dementia support, chair based exercise classes and walking groups. Those who attend can try some gentle chair based exercise during the afternoon. Refreshments will also be available. The event is open to all older people living in Lambeth, free and with no need to book in advance.

Other Library Events

The Black Men's Consortium Performance Event

The Black Men's Consortium Performance Event

This community engagement event immerses you in film, interactivity, debate and includes improvisation with a fantastic cast of performers considering the sometimes uneasy question of “what is needed to improve the lives of Black men in the UK?”

Thursday 18 May, 5pm to 7pm Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite  

Saturday 20 May, 12pm to 3pm Streatham Library. SW16 1PN
Booking via Eventbrite 

Naomi Bedford, Paul Simmonds and Band: Folk in the Library

Naomi Bedford, Paul Simmonds and Band

Friday 19 May, 7pm.
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB
Tickets £8 Booking via Eventbrite 

Join Naomi Bedford, Paul Simmonds and their band for an evening of potent, exciting and emotional folk music - live in the Library! 

Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic

Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic

Saturday 20 May, 1.30pm to 4pm Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

The mic will be open to all ages. Register by email to perform:

First 19 booked will perform 1 to 3 poems each. As children will be present, please keep the language PG.

Brixton Immortals Domino Club


Saturday 20 May, 2pm to 4pm Carnegie Library. SE24 0AG

The Brixton Immortals Domino Club will be giving you an opportunity to learn how to play dominoes and the skills you need to win. This is a great way to get children engaging in maths and probability while having fun – and a good social game for adults too. Come along for a fun afternoon.

Events for Children and Young People

West Norwood Teen Fair

Teen Fair

Wednesday 3 May, 2.30pm to 5.30pm West Norwood Library. SE27 9JX

Come along and find out what community groups are offering near you! There will be representation from local organisations providing information and resources on mental health, career progression, housing, revision assistance, volunteering opportunities, climate change – there’ll be interactive workshops, games, food, fun and more!

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King’s Coronation Craft Events


As part of King Charles III coronation celebrations, Lambeth Libraries are hosting a range of free activities and events. There will be environmental-themed activities in line with the King’s passion for a greener society and craft activities.

Coronation nature themed crafts, drop-in activity for kids 

Wednesday 3 May, 4pm. Brixton Library 

Thursday 4 May, 4pm. Minet Library 

Friday 5 May, 3.30pm. South Lambeth Library 

Friday 5 May, 4pm. Waterloo Library 

Saturday 6 May, 11am. Upper Norwood Library 

Saturday 13 May, 12pm to 4pm.
Durning Library

Other Coronation events for Children

Tuesday 2 May, 10.30am. Clapham Library.  Parent and Toddler – Make a crown for the coronation craft event.

Wednesday 3 May, 4pm to 5pm. West Norwood Library.  King’s Coronation Crafts. Come along and celebrate the Coronation of the King with us! We will make paper crowns and shields to commemorate the special occasion. Refreshments provided. All ages are welcome to join in the fun! 

Thursday 4 May, 2pm to 5pm. Streatham Library. The library garden has been cleared and is ready for planting. Join us to learn how to grow your own food by creating an edible green wall garden. Bee-friendly: We will also be planting flowers that will attract bees and other pollinators to the garden.  Age 5+ all welcome Coronation Mural crafts will take place in the hall all day.

Saturday 6 May, 12pm to 2pm. Durning Library. Coronation Thaumatrope Animation Craft activity. Age 5+

Tuesday 9 May, 3.30pm to 5pm. Clapham Library. Grow your own plant and herbs. Come and plant a seed and take it home with you. 

Saturday 20 May, 2pm to 4pm. Clapham Library.  Saturday link up to grow your own vegetable, herb or flower. Ages 11 to 16

Events for Schools

Alex Wheatle and Book Clubs in Schools

Alex Wheatle Interviews

In April and May award winning YA author Alex Wheatle, with Book Clubs in Schools, bring top young adult writers to Brixton Library in a fabulous series of interviews and Q&A's with children. 

A. M. Dassu - Boot It! 
Wednesday 3 May, 11am. Brixton Library

For more information and school bookings, contact Caroline at

From our Friends

Thriving Stockwell: Eid Mubarak

Thriving Stockwell Eid Mubarak

Wednesday 3 May, 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Morley College, Stockwell Centre. 1 Studley Road. SW4 6RA

Let's celebrate Eid in style at Stockwell's Eid party hosted by Morley College on May 3rd! Bring your loved ones and get ready for an afternoon of food, fun, and dancing. Don’t miss out!

Bat Walk in Ruskin Park


Friday 5 May, 8.30pm to 9.30pm
Ruskin Park, meet at the middle of the three gates to the park on Ferndene Road SE24 0AB.
Booking via Eventbrite

Dr Iain Boulton of Lambeth Council will be leading another of his ever popular bat walks in Ruskin Park. Bat detectors supplied!

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Free e-book and e-audiobook, magazine and comic downloads

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! 


We now subscribe to BorrowBox and Libby App so you have more eBook and eAudiobook choices - all delivered directly to your device. Download the apps from your app store now and enjoy a feast of free listening!

Lambeth Archives: Relocation to Brixton

Lambeth Archives had been delivering a service to the public from the Minet Library site for the last 133 years. From later this year the Archives moves home to its new premises on Brixton Hill. Even though the Archives is now closed, the staff will continue to provide a basic enquiry service as well as supporting access to those parts of the collection which are available online. More information on this can be found at the Council website

Census 1921 - For those of you interested in researching family history you can now access the 1921 Census in any Lambeth Library using FindMyPast

Join the Library online

If you do not have a library membership, just join online at and contact the library you wish to collect your library card from. Alternatively, call 020 7926 0750 or email as above and we will enrol you.  

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