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Art at the library

Rory Cellan-Jones

Ruskin Park: Sylvia, Me and the BBC

Tuesday 14 May, 7 - 8:30pm at the library

Rory knew he was the child of a brief love affair between two unmarried BBC employees, but until his mother died and he found a previously unknown file labelled ‘For Rory’ he had no idea of its beginning or ending, or why his peculiarly isolated childhood had so tested the bond between him and his mother.

This is an emotionally gripping account of what Rory uncovered in the papers, letters and diaries; a relationship between two romantics and the restrictive forces of post-war respectability and prejudice.

Rory did not meet his father until much later, in adulthood. Until then his life was bound to the one-bedroom flat he shared with his mother in Ruskin Park.

Rory Cellan-Jones was the BBC’s principal technology correspondent until 2021. He now writes an influential Substack column on medical innovation and tech.

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Presented by Friends of Carnegie Library in co-operation with Lambeth Library Services

Marlowe Russell

Join author Marlowe Russell to discuss her new novel Bantling.

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 19:00 - 20:30 BST - in the Carnegie library

Bantling (Archaic): a young or small child, a brat. Formerly = bastard. OED

Who are you if you don’t know where you come from? Where do you fit if your past is make-believe?

1923. South London. Unmarried, pregnant and determined to keep her child, Violet accepts help from Ellen, a vicar’s wife. When their relationship turns sour, Violet and her baby, Sam, are forcibly separated. Sam is brought up as somebody else by a woman who loves him and a man who doesn’t. Ellen and Violet each have to reshape their hopes as the world changes around them. In London, Hull, Sydney and aboard an aircraft carrier, through the turbulence of war and the uncertainties of peace, Violet and Sam search for each other and try to build lives that make sense.

Join Marlowe Russell to discuss her novel and writing process.

Marlowe Russell

Born in Sydney, Australia and raised in north London, I studied social anthropology in Hull, fine art in Sydney and cultural history and fiction writing back in London. I have fingers in various creative, political and social pies. Nowadays, I am mostly preoccupied with the South London Botanical Institute, a plant and environmental education charity in south London (where I live), planning the colour-blazing future of my blank-canvas garden and completing a further novel. Bantling is my first published novel.

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Art at the Carnegie

A very personal exhibition of works by local architect and artist Keith Whitworth, paintings in oils and in acrylics of his family and friends, and of local architecture such as Brockwell Hall and, in watercolours, the D&V (aka The Crown & Greyhound) and Dulwich College seen from the allotments (a scene with Sydenham Hills in the background that is 2024 but could be 1924)...as well as landscapes from his childhood in and around Barrow-in-Furness.

Friends of Carnegie Library in co-operation with Lambeth Library Services

Inspirational Women of Lambeth with Jenni Bowley

Tuesday evening, 12 March 7pm to 8:30pm

The women of Lambeth have been trailblazers and pioneers and occasionally notorious. From the thirteenth to the twenty-first century, Lambeth women have excelled in many spheres, from the medieval wife, Margaret FitzGerold, who challenged the king’s right to determine her life to Adele, world famous queen of pop music.

Here you will find female mountaineers, artists, architects, actors, politicians, doctors, nurses, novelists, theatre directors, businesswomen and campaigners across the centuries.

Glass ceilings have been shattered.

Event organised by The Friends of Carnegie Library

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The event will be live-streamed from the Carnegie Library facebook page and available to view for 30 days afterwards.

Lost Places

Tuesday evening , 13 Feb 2024 19:00 - 20:30 pm - at the library

Join editor Jeffrey Doorn and contributing authors to discuss this LGBT+ anthology of stories & poems and significant places in our lives.

19 prose and poetry pieces by 14 authors recollects places now lost, either through physical alteration, changed character, redevelopment or demolition.

It is important not only to recall the venues and facilities of the past, but also to record these markers of our history and heritage before they are completely forgotten - they form part of a legacy to younger and future generations who might not otherwise have any idea such places existed or what part they played in our development as individuals or communities.

Presented by The Friends of Carnegie Library

Admission free - reserve a spot

The event will be live-streamed from the Carnegie Library facebook page and available to view for 30 days afterwards.