All posts by John Cagan

Alan Taylor – The Imagination of Experiences

The Friends of Carnegie Library present

Tuesday, 14th December - 7pm to 8:30 pm

Discussing his book...focussing on the question of musical musical invention comes about...collaboration and sharing of imagination between music communicates meanings....

Join the Friends of Carnegie Library for this fascinating talk and insight into musical creativity.

This is an in-person event, we encourage mask wearing and social distancing. We are also live streaming the event on the Carnegie Library Facebook page

Join author and activist Laura Miles to discuss her book Transgender Resistance- Tuesday, 9 November 7pm

Laura Miles is the author of Transgender Resistance: Socialism and the fight for trans liberation and other articles. She is a former lecturer and LGBT rep on the national executive committee of the University and College Union, and is an active socialist and LGBT+ campaigner. She lives in Wakefield with her partner and her dogs.

This event is part of Transgender Awareness Week and is organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library.

The event is in-person in the library and Live streamed on Carnegie Library Facebook

The Louder I Will Sing – Lee Lawrence, 12 October 7pm

Lee Lawrence photo by Smoking Monkey

Join Lee to discuss his award-winning biography and the event that changed Brixton forever.

What would you do if the people you trusted to uphold the law committed a crime against you? Who would you turn to? And how long would you fight them for?

On 28th September 1985, Lee Lawrence's mother Cherry Groce was wrongly shot by police during a raid on her Brixton home. The bullet shattered her spine and she never walked again. In the chaos that followed, 11-year-old Lee watched in horror as the News falsely pronounced his mother dead. In Brixton, already a powder keg because of the deep racism that the community was experiencing, it was the spark needed to trigger two days of rioting that saw buildings brought down by petrol bombs, cars torched, and shops looted.

But for Lee, it was a spark that lit a flame that would burn for the next 30 years as he fought to get the police to recognise their wrongdoing. His life had changed forever.

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In person in the library

Ruskin’s relevance today for how we live, work, and see the world – author Andrew Hill, 14 September, Tuesday evening 7pm (in the library!)

John Ruskin, best-known and most controversial intellectual of the Victorian age, was an art critic, a social activist, an early environmentalist. He was also a painter, writer, and a determined tastemaker in the fields of architecture and design. By championing JMW Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites, he ensured that their flame continued to burn long beyond his death in 1900, even as his own reputation faded.

Research for his award-winning book Ruskinland: How John Ruskin Shapes Our World took Financial Times columnist Andrew Hill from Herne Hill to the Lake District, from Venice to Florida's Gulf Coast, as he traced the influence of Ruskin and his ideas.

This event is now an in-person event at Carnegie Library! (but if circumstances change and this is not possible, it will be online via Zoom. If the event reverts to online - we will update you accordingly).

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Lambeth Libraries getting ready for the summer and July events

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Summer Reading Challenge

Wow... summer is here! This year it comes with some hope that we can get out and about and start to do some of the things that we've had to miss for a year or so.

July sees the start of the annual Summer Reading Challenge for children; the library reading scheme encourages children aged 4 to 12 years old to set themselves a reading challenge of six books over the summer. In the process helping to prevent the summer 'reading dip' and motivate children to keep reading, to build their skills and confidence. Children must be a library member to take part but don’t worry if you haven't done it yet, you and the children can join here and it’s free. Of course we've got a fantastic line up of other events and activities for you to do online during July too.  

Do keep in contact with your local library services as things continue their gradual opening up. We'd love you to come in and browse where possible - just book an appointment and the library is yours! You can book appointments to use a PC, to print, photocopy/scan, browse, or study just call or email your local branch during opening hours and, as always, we'll be happy to help. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at Our plethora of free online resources is still available for you to enjoy so happy reading / listening / watching / learning!