Upcoming events: 9-15 August

Friday, 9th August 2019

A Child of Books Exhibition

EXHIBITION A Child of Books. Join a young boy on his journey into the world of make believe with a display of 19 prints from  A Child of Books, the exciting collaboration between popular artist and children’s author Oliver Jeffers and visual artist Sam Winston. Second Floor Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. 01937 546 546. Free entry. Gallery open Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm (except Tuesdays when its open 9.30am-8pm), Sat 9.30am-5pm and Sun 11am-5pm. Until October 27.



DANCE Ballroom and Latin dance classes. Luther Tyndale Church Hall, Leighton Crescent, NW5. 020 7821 0874/020 8452 1853. Weekly. Improvers 6pm-7pm. Beginners 7.15pm-8.15pm.


CHESS Class for children. Beginners and intermediate classes for six- to 12-year-olds. Keats Community Library, Keats Grove, NW3. 020 7431 1266. £5 per child per session. No booking required. 2.30pm-3.30pm.

FAMILY Fun Day in Brunswickland! Enjoy a variety of fun and games, song and dance, stories, magic, puppets, balloons and parachute games. The Brunswick Shopping Centre, 1 Byng Place, Bloomsbury, WC1. Free. 11am-2pm.

MUSIC Daylight Music. Enjoy an afternoon of music, tea and cake. Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1. 020 7226 1686. Suggested donation £5. Noon-2pm.


FAMILY The British Library: Relaxed Early Opening. A free autism-friendly early opening for families with children on the autism spectrum and other sensory needs. Enjoy the library free from the hustle and bustle of the general public. The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. 01937 546 546. 9am-11am.

FAMILY Regent’s Park Music Festival. Enjoy an afternoon of free live music, including a performance by South London Jazz Orchestra. Regent’s Park, The Hub, NW1. 020 7693 6999. 12.30pm-5.30pm.

POETRY An evening of readings. Guest readers Jeanette Lynes and Nancy Mattson. Poets from the floor welcome. Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, NW5. 020 7267 2751. £5/£4. 7.30pm.


SPORT Free all-age multi-sports sessions, including football, rugby, dodgeball and rounders. Castlehaven Community Association, Castlehaven Road, NW1. 020 7485 3386. 4pm-6pm.

TALK The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust. Umit Kurt, a Polonsky fellow at Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in Israel, looks at the legal and official plunder of Armenian and Jewish properties. He explores how the state-orchestrated plunder of Armenian and Jewish property immediately impoverished its victims. The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. 020 7636 7247. Free, but registering essential by visiting www.wienerlibrary.co.uk 6.30-8pm.

WORKSHOP How do I protect a business idea? This session will introduce the various areas of intellectual property and provide a basic introduction to patents, trade marks, registered designs and copyright laws. Business & IP Centre, The British Library,96 Euston Road, NW1. 020 7412 7901. Free. 2pm-5pm.


ART Develop your drawing skills with artist Jeff Sawtell (RCA). All materials will be provided. Queen’s Crescent Community Association, 45 Ashdown Crescent, NW5. £2. For details contact Mary Pierce by calling 020 7267 6635 or emailing mary@qcca.org.uk. 11.30am-1pm.

BIRDS Hampstead Heath walk with Marylebone Birdwatching Society. Bring binoculars. Meet at the Parliament Hill Staff Yard, NW5 at 10am. Walk ends at Kenwood at noon. Occasional visitors welcome. Free. Call 020 7267 8434 for details.

TALK The Shepherd’s Hut. One of Australia’s finest novelists Tim Winton discusses his new novel, The Shepherd’s Hut, a story of survival, solitude and unlikely friendship in the vast saltlands of Western Australia. Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, W1. 020 7224 2295. £10. 7pm.


BOOK GROUP A monthly reading group covering fiction and non-fiction books from all periods in London history. August’s read is a contemporary historical novel, London Lies Beneath by Stella Duffy. London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, EC1. 020 7332 3820. Free. 6pm-7.30pm.

TALK London is a Forest. Author Paul Wood discusses his new book, London is a Forest, in which he takes readers on six forest trails that lead from the capital’s edgelands to the centre. In London, 8.6 million people are crammed into just 600 square miles alongside 8.3 million trees, and millions of other plants, insects and animals. According to one UN definition, this makes the city a forest. Daunt Books Hampstead, 51 South End Road, NW3. 020 7794 8206. £5. 6.30pm.


LUNCHTIME CONCERT Maria Razumovskaya (piano) performs Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. St Pancras (New) Parish Church, corner of Euston Road/Upper Woburn Place, NW1. Free, but with a collection. 1.15pm-2pm.

MUSIC Raised Voices Choir. Political street choir welcomes new members. Doreen Bazell Community Centre, Chenies Place, NW1. Free sessions available. Visit www.raised-voices.org.uk for further details. 7.30pm-9.30pm.

TALK Seashaken Houses. Author Tom Nancollas shares his passion for the isolated rock lighthouses of Britain and Ireland. Discover the ingenuity of those who built and restored lighthouses in the most hostile conditions and the communities in the hinterland that supported them. Daunt Books Hampstead, 51 South End Road, NW3. 020 7794 8206. £5. 6.30pm.

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